National Disability Awareness campaign
The ‘Badhte Kadam National Disability Awareness 2011 campaign’ was launched by the National Trust (Odisha Chapter) for the welfare of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities at LVPEI, Bhubaneswar, on November 3, 2011. Shri Prafulla Samal, Minister for Woman & Child Development, Govt. of Odisha, inaugurated the day-long program, which was attended by over a 100 organizations, NGOs, parents
people from various
of special children and members of the press. The event was organised by the Open Learning Systems (OLS) as the state nodal agency of the Trust.
The Vision Rehabilitation Centres at KAR campus, Hyderabad organized their 14th “Fun Camp for Visually Impaired Children” on November 12. Over 150 visually impaired children and an equal number of siblings, family members, staff and volunteers enjoyed a picnic on the lush lawns of a city park. The wide range of games and competitions included a frog race, tug of war, passing the ball, quiz, and group relay — all organized keeping the
children's special needs in mind. All the children received prizes and gifts. The event was supported by Jersey Creamline Nutrients Ltd, ITC Grand Kakatiya, and a host of LVPEI staff and volunteers.
We had a great time on Saturday and the camp
was very inspiring. I sent some photos to England
and my family think it is a wonderful and unique
idea. There are no camps like that in England.
Louise Sowerby (Volunteer at LVPEI)
A victim of terrorism from
across the border
The town of Kurram Agency, near the Pakistan – Afghanistan border in the Khyber Paktoon Province is a hotbed of terrorist activity and also a major market centre. Syed Mehdi Hussain, 20, plies a taxi during the day and goes to a night school. On the evening of February 18, 2008 Hussain was driving in the crowded narrow lanes of the Para Chinar Bazar of the Eidgah market, when a suicide bomber detonated a powerful explosive that killed 64 and injured over 200 people. Hussain was thrown out and his taxi totally destroyed, burnt to cinders. He was seriously injured — broken ribs, punctured lungs, multiple fractures in his right hand and severe damage to both his eyes.
Blinded and broken, Hussain spent almost 3 months in intensive care at a hospital in Peshawar. He was practically blind and had to depend upon others in his day-to-day life.
Hussain's father, a farmer could not do very much for him. Despite promises by local politicians, he did not receive any government compensation. Through the efforts of relatives and friends, Hussain moved to Islamabad, where
the Al Shifa Trust took up his case. A friend Adil Raza scoured the websites of eye hospitals all over the world and came upon the LVPEI site, where doctors readily agreed to take up his case.
Hussain and his cousin Irfan Haider took the 12-hour bus journey from Lahore through the Wagah checkpost to Delhi and flew into Hyderabad on September 21, 2011. On October 10th, he underwent a complicated combination surgery in his left eye for his retina and to place the Boston K-pro as an artificial cornea. He did well post surgery regaining ambulatory vision. On October 24th, he underwent another surgery to place the Ahmed Glaucoma Valve (AGV) to ease the intraocular pressure build-up in the eye. Hussain returned home happy that he could now see well enough to be independent in his daily life. He was grateful to the doctors and staff at LVPEI who were extremely supportive and also subsidized his treatment costs.
India Vision Institute sets its sights high
LVPEI and Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), Australia, signed an MoU to establish and support the India Vision Institute (IVI) to upgrade the Indian eye care education sector and help in the development of a vibrant vision industry. The MoU was signed on November 16th by Professor Brien Holden, CEO of BHVI and Dr G N Rao, Chairman of LVPEI, at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi in the presence of the New South Wales Premier Mr Barry O'Farrell, Australian High Commissioner Mr Peter Varghese, and Vice Chancellor of the University of New South Wales Prof Fred Hillmer.