On the occasion of their 20th anniversary, ViVimed Labs Limited, Hyderabad sought the technical support of Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB) to conduct an eye donation awareness campaign in Adilabad district on December 27, 2011 – the first of its kind in a semi-urban set-up. Posters and banners on eye donation were displayed at prominent places in the city, inviting people to participate. The campaign started with a rally, with schoolchildren, nursing staff from Primary Health Centres (PHC) and doctors from the local IMA, as well as members of the public participating. A meeting was organized to create awareness about eye donation, the role of eye banks and how eye donation can help restore vision to the corneally blind. District Collector
Dr Ashok Kumar presided and urged the public to pledge their eyes and work for the cause of eye donation. More than 200 people attended the program.
LVPEI conducted an eye pledge program for Arena Animation earlier this month. Banners and posters were displayed prominently at the venue. A presentation by LVPEI highlighted the importance of eye donation, roadblocks faced by institutions in securing corneas to help the needlessly blind and myths about eye donation. Over 100 people attended the program and 31 pledged their eyes, while many promised to register later. The program helped create awareness about eye donation and the need for everyone to help bridge the gap between the demand and supply of corneas.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Chiara helps a patient make a handprint, nurses show their coloured hands,
a young patient and a rehab faculty member helps a visually impaired girl to make a print
More than a hundred people — staff and curious patients — participated in an art initiative, GIVE ME A HAND on January 18. Pots of paints and newspapers in Hindi, Telugu, Urdu and English were spread out on long tables in the gardens of LVPEI and everyone was invited to make handprints. Children and adult patients, clients attending rehabilitation sessions, nurses, staff from the cafeteria, medical records, maintenance and audiovisual departments, fellows, optometrists, consultants, technicians and counselors enjoyed participating in the art project. The event was led by Dr Chiara Morini, who has come to LVPEI for pediatric training from Piacenza, Italy. The newspapers with "hands of LVPEI" will be taken to Italy by Chiara, where her grandfather Carlo Riccardi, a well-known artist from Rome will paint on them and organise exhibitions to raise funds for LVPEI.
Chiara says, "Art is an important way of expression and can be an important experience for blind people." Giving her a hand were 3 international volunteers at LVPEI, who plan to organize exhibitions in their countries for the benefit of LVPEI: Alexandra from Calgary (Canada), Louise from Edinburgh (Scotland), and Emma from Birmingham (UK).