LVPEI Team Visits Liberia

Following on from last year’s visit by President Sirleaf to LVPEI to formally launch the Liberia Eye Health Initiative, Chairman Dr G N Rao led a team to Liberia on an assessment visit, 17-19 February. He was accompanied at the meeting by Honorary Consul General Sachdeva; Sam Balasundaram and Rajashekar Varda from LVPEI; General Administrator of the JFK Medical Centre, Dr Wvannie Mae Scott-McDonald; Chief Medical Officer Dr Billy Johnson; and Dr Wiafe Boateng, Senior Ophthalmologist associated with the program in

Accra, Ghana. The LVPEI team suggested building a robust eye care service including at the Government’s referral hospital, the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center.

MoUs for Setting Up Secondary Centres in Odisha

LVPEI signed MoUs with The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust and Naraindas Morbai Budhrani Trust (NMBT) on 13 February 2014 for the setting up of secondary centers in Odisha. The former was represented by Ms Devika Mokhtarzadeh and Ms Rebecca Muir and the latter by Mr D N Budhrani and Mr V N Hegde. Dr Prakash Mirchandani from the Tulsi Trust was also present.

School Screening and Teacher Training

As part the Hyderabad Outreach Urban Slum Eye Health (HOUSE) program at the City Centre in Madhapur, school children were screened in the Hafeezpet area. A Teacher Training program was organized by GPR ICARE on 6th February. 10 high schools and 2 Aanganwadi centres participated.

Champalimaud Research Symposium

The Seventh Annual Champalimaud Research Symposium on 2 February 2014 had seven streams reflecting the range of research activities at LVPEI: Stem-cell Biology, Genomics, Infections, Visual Psychophysics, Low Vision and

Rehabilitation, Public Health and Clinical Research. The Champalimaud speaker this year was Prof Jayakrishna Ambati, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, who spoke on “New insights into geographic atrophy.”

LVPEI Alumni’s ‘Taj Walk’

The LVPEI alumni meet on the sidelines of the 72nd Annual Conference of All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS), 6-9 February 2014 at Agra, had a group of about 40-45 alumni and faculty bonding over a walk to the historic Taj Mahal.

The 5th anniversary of Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Eye Centre at Pantavaripalem (Kandukuru), Prakasam district, on 1st February attracted about 200 people from the locality. Dignitaries included Dr Malakondaiah (Physician), Sri CH Srinivas (Palukuru Panchayati President), Sri E Koteswar Rao and Sri N Subbarao, Mr L Srinivas Reddy (Chair of Lakkala Krishna Reddy Charitable Trust, Pamuru),

Sri Ramesh, (former Panchayati President, Palukur) and others from the LVPEI family. A variety of competitions were conducted and prizes were distributed.

Y Mahabaleshwarappa Memorial Eye Centre, Bellary, celebrated its first anniversary on 13th February. Dignitaries included Sri Y Basavraj (donor), his son Sri Y Satish and daughter Smt Anuradha Bhoomreddy. Children from Anugraha school for the differently abled performed and prizes were distributed for various sports organized at the centre. Sanjeev Satla, Vision Technician, was awarded ‘Best Employee’.

The 3rd anniversary of Nava Bharat Eye Centre, Paloncha, was celebrated on 19th February 2014. The chief guest, Sri C Sriramulu, General Manager, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) Paloncha, inaugurated the ceremony and Sri Mohammed Ali, Chief Administrator, Nava

Bharat Ventures inaugurated the Retina Green Laser. Prizes were distributed for various games and activities and Smt K Suchitra, Counselor, was awarded ‘Best Employee’.

The 3rd anniversary of the Kode Venkatadri Chowdary campus, Vijayawada on 16 February had a prize distribution ceremony for various games, cultural programs, a video showcasing milestones and tribute to the donors. ‘Best Employee’ of the year was awarded to Mr Narendra.

The workshop on Ocular Surface Disorders by Dr Virender Sangwan and Prof James Chodosh, 28 January - 1 February 2014, drew over thirty cornea specialists from India, USA, UK and the Middle East. It combined surgical

sessions with examining long-term outcomes of two surgical techniques developed exclusively at LVPEI: Simple Limbal Epithelial Transplantation (SLET) and LVP Keratoprosthesis (LVPKpro).

The workshop on 3rd February by the Rehabilitation team was to ideate on developing a website for persons with visual impairment. Dr Virender Sangwan who led the discussions hopes to benefit visually challenged persons, their family members, acquaintances and networked

professionals through this endeavour with information about child rearing, early intervention, education, employment, low vision care, social benefits, eye health, latest research in the field, etc.

A workshop Handling children with multiple disabilities: A sensory motor approach by Perkins Voice and Vision India for rehabilitation team members across the LVPEI

network, 11-13 February, had Dr Loganathan, field expert in Neuro-Developmental Therapy, Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and DeafBlind, Mumbai, as faculty. The program covered aspects of motor development such as sensory integration and its dysfunctions, oro-motor exercises, handling and facilitating children with Visual Impaired Multi-disability (VIMD).

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