Hyderabad, July 24, 2017: The formal inauguration of The Liberia Eye Center at the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia on 24 July 2017 by the President of Liberia, Her Excellency Dr Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has marked a significant milestone in the partnership between L V Prasad Eye Institute and the Government of Liberia. This is the first Eye Center outside India in which LVPEI is involved in the management.

LVPEI has helped in renovating the Liberia Eye Center with the latest medical equipment supported by Lions Clubs International Foundation and Operation Eyesight Universal. Additionally LVPEI is also providing guidance and assistance in human resource planning, recruitment, training and in developing and implementing a countrywide community eye health program. An ophthalmologist from LVPEI has been deputed at the Liberia Eye Centre to manage and implement standard operating systems and processes. In the past four months, the centre has examined over 2000 outpatients and has performed over 100 surgeries. To help improve the efficiency of eye care, identify the burden of eye diseases, standardise care and quantify impact delivered to the people of Liberia, LVPEI’s eyeSmart Electronic Medical Record System was installed at the Center this month.

“Another significant milestone is the first ever corneal transplant surgery performed in the country at the Liberia Eye Center by an ophthalmologist from LVPEI on the same day. This is the first time that LVPEI is directly involved in the operations of an Eye Center outside India. This followed a visit by the President of the Republic of Liberia to LVPEI in September 2013, when on her invitation LVPEI agreed to assist Liberia in the development of a comprehensive eye health system for the country,” said Dr Gullapalli N Rao - Founder and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute.

About L V Prasad Eye Institute
The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1986-87 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Center for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has eight active arms to its area of operations - Clinical Care, Education, Research, Vision Rehabilitation, Rural and Community Eye Health, Product Development, Eye Banking and Innovation.
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Sam Balasundaram
Associate Director - Administration, Public Relations & Fund Raising
L V Prasad Eye Institute
Kallam Anji Reddy Campus
L V Prasad Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills
Hyderabad 500 034, India
Email: sjbala@lvpei.org