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  • VISION 2020 INDIA Annual Awards Announced

    Our annual 3 awards, exclusively for our member organisations, have been announced.

    We congratulate all the hospitals who have been selected for the award. The awards will  be presented on the World Sight Day 8 October 2020.

     

    Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, Bihar has been selected for Sri SN Shah Award. The award recognises providing comprehensive primary eye care screenings with a focus on women and children. The award carries Rs.10,000 cash prize and a certificate.

     

    Tejas EYE Hospital run by Divyajyoti Trust, Gujarat has been selected for Dr. Jordan Kassalow VisionSpring Award with a focus on refractive errors. This is the maiden year for the award.

    The award carries:

    • A cash prize of Rs.50,000 and a certificate.
    • 3,000 complimentary corrective eyeglasses or readers for programs benefitting low income group people or children under 1 year.
    • The awardee institution can use on complimentary basis the VisionSpring’s Training Centre for 1 year from the date of the receipt of the award (subject to availability) for 1 year from the date of the receipt of the award.

     

    Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre, Kerala has been selected for the Lotus Award. The award is given to organisations showing holistic development. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and a certificate.

  • VISION 2020 INDIA collaborates for HR & Infrastructure Mapping

    VISION 2020 INDIA is collaborating for a nationwide Human Resources and Infrastructure Mapping on Eye Health

     

    VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA is one of the members in the 17 member national committee formed by National Control for Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCB&VI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for collaborating with Dr R P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi for a nationwide mapping of ‘Human Resources and Infrastructure on Eye Health in India’. Dr RP Centre has been entrusted with the task of conducting the survey.

    Dr Promila Gupta, Consultant, NPCB&VI Government of India is the chairperson of the committee.

    The massive exercise has been undertaken as one of the major challenges faced in eye health planning in India today is the lack of authentic data regarding availability of infrastructure facilities, manpower and speciality services for eye care in the country. The mapping aims to assess the current availability of ophthalmologists, optometrists and sub-specialty services in India for planning and development of eye care in the country.

    The ministry is looking at evolving a strategy not only to collect this vital data but also to continually update the availability of eye care services (both in public and private sector) in India and Geotag for public through the NPCB&VI Vision Atlas.

    “This exercise is indispensable and such a comprehensive data will help in determining eye health delivery as we move towards Universal Eye Health,” said Dr Phanindra Babu Nukella, CEO, VISION 2020 INDIA.  “We are glad to be collaborating and are encouraging all our member organisations to take part and provide the data at the earliest”.

    Dr Praveen Vashist, Officer In-charge, Community Ophthalmology, Dr. R. P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences who is leading the mapping, presented an update at the VISION 2020 INDIA Board meeting held on 29 July, 2020. As on 9 August, 2020 4516 institutions in the country had sent in information in response to the survey form sent to them.

    The survey aims to be all-embracing to collect data involving state programme officers, district programme managers of the NPCB&VI, NGOs, government institutes, medical colleges and private practitioners.

    A HR & Infrastructure mapping survey was carried out in 2001 – 02 by Dr RP Centre under the aegis of NPCB&VI and an online survey facilitated by VISION 2020 INDIA to map human resources and infrastructure was done in 2015 as funded by NPCB&VI.

  • Vacancy Announcement

     

    Saishree Eye Hospital, an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Hospital at Dhenkanal, Odisha has vacancy for a full – time Ophthalmologist

     

    Qualification: Master in Surgery (Ophthalmology)

    The Ophthalmologist should be able to do at least SICS & PHACO surgeries independently. S/he should have done at least 1000 PHACO/SICS

     

    Responsibility: He/She has to manage both OPD and surgeries

     

    Salary: The range is Rs 1.5-2.5 lakh/ month (negotiable).

     

    Interested candidates can write to:

    Mr Ranjan Kumar Behera saishreeeyehospital@gmail.com

  • VISION 2020 INDIA’s new board elected

    The Board for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA was elected at the 16th Annual General Body Meeting held online on 13 June, 2020. The term of the Board is for a three years term, from June 2020 – June 2023.

     

    The 17 members Board includes the members of the 9 founding members, 6 zonal representatives, 1 national coordinator and 1 representative from the eye care industry.

     

    The executive committee elected is:

     

    1. President – Sightsavers India represented by Mr R N Mohanty, CEO.
    2. Vice-President – Dr R P Centre of Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences represented by Dr Praveen Vashist, Officer In-charge Community Ophthalmology.
    1. Secretary – CBM India represented by Dr Sara Varughese, Country Director & Managing Trustee.
    1. Treasurer – Mission for Vision represented by Ms Elizabeth Kurian, CEO.

    The election for a couple of board positions (one national coordinator and one eye care industry representative) was held on 26 May, 2020 with the participation of general body. Due to the pandemic COVID-19, the election was conducted online. Col (retd.) Dr M Deshpande, Medical Director, HV Desai Eye Hospital, Pune, was the chief election commissioner for the election process.

    Welcoming the new Board, Mr Phanindra Babu Nukella, CEO, VISION 2020 INDIA said,

    “I welcome the new Board. We have a few first timers in the Board this term. It is a well balance of young and the experienced. I am sure that this Board will bring in further momentum and find new pathways for collaboration and coordination towards achieving the mission.”

  • Note from Dr Taraprasad Das

    April 17, 2020

    Note from President

    This is a time for science and solidarity – United Nations

    I am writing this note at a time of global crisis of novel Corona virus, the Covid 19 infection sweeping the world. It has caused enormous damage to the people and economy. At this point of writing, globally over 2.1 million people living in 185 countries are infected and over 140,000 people have died; in India 13,541 people are infected and 449 people have died (Time of India April 17, 2020; I am aware, this figure could change dramatically by the time you read this piece). Indian economy is down by 34.6% and there is a negative trade balance. Covid 19 has caused threat to personal health security too; the eye health personnel and ophthalmologists are at as much risk as an internist or pulmonologist. Recollect the tragic death of 33-year old ophthalmologist, Dr Li Wenling from the Wuhan Central hospital, main land China in February this year while treating an infected patient for acute angle closure glaucoma. Hundreds of frontline health workers have been affected while treating patients and this includes also ophthalmologists. They are the frontline brave soldiers. No one is immune and particularly safe. Studies have shown that the elders are more prone, sharply rising in age groups of 60 and above. We, the health care professionals, have dual responsibilities of protecting us first so that we could protect million others. The immediate suggestions are social distancing for every one, and use of personal protection equipment (PPE) for health worker (clothing including face mask and gloves, helmets and goggles), and equally important, protecting the devices we use (breath shield for many of ophthalmic equipment). We are required to learn new ways of examining patients and patients are required to learn to use technology in a way that they do have to return to the hospital too quickly.

    Year 2020 carries a lot of emotions in us. This is symbolic of perfect vision. The world had many plans to celebrate this year with many scientific and social events. Six months ago the World Health Organization (WHO) released the World Report on Vision (WRV) and there were ambitious plans to work on strategic documents to attain ‘Vision for All’ by year 2030. The VISION 2020 India had planned an extraordinary annual meeting in June this year at Siliguri. The Lions International had promised much support. But alas; just couple of days ago, the VISION 2020 Executive Committee met virtually and took the pragmatic yet painful decision of cancelling this meeting for the time being. We are sorry; but in the current situation, this is in the best interests of all.

    VISION 2020 is an advocacy organization. Since its inception in 1999 in India, our organization has spent time and energy broadly in two areas- helping the member realize their full potential in quality and financial sustainability at organizational level, and advocating for sound eye care program planning at the national policy maker’s level. I am happy to share that in last 3 years we have imparted basic eye care skills to 1578 people directly (skill-based workshops) or indirectly (webinars); this is in addition to annual general meetings. We have added 23 members (including 4 industry members), and currently we are 184- member strong organization.

    What worries me most in the current Covid 19 infection is its psychosocial impact. Here are the interim reports of two recent surveys. The USA survey (April 9-13, 2020, American Academy of Ophthalmology) of 400 ophthalmologists in private practice suggests that 47% are already financially unhealthy, and 6% do not want to practice medicine (ophthalmology) any longer. India survey (April 13-16, 2020, All India Ophthalmological Society) of 1950 ophthalmologists suggests that 64% are considerably affected, in 53% income is affected, 73% are considerably worried, 22% are depressed, and worst, 9% have thought of suicide at least once in past one week. This is a desperate human situation, but the silver lining is that the current employers support 73% of the ophthalmologists in the country. That is India. We display indomitable spirit and this will help us recover and be renewed, but under a new framework of improved behavioral change – personal hygiene, self-discipline, and respect for nature.

    I realize, this would be my last communication to all of you as the President of this august organization. I enjoyed your trust, Executive Committee guidance, Office staff cooperation and ophthalmic industry encouragement. In these hours of gloom let me cheer you all up with the words of Shri Ratan Tata. He says that the experts who are forecasting ‘bad days ahead’ underestimate the ultimate human motivation, and further adds-

    If experts were to be believed, after the total destruction in 2nd world war Japan had no future; … If the experts were to be believed, Israel should have been wiped out from the world map; … [If the experts were to be believed].. the Bumble Bee can’t fly, but it flies because it does not know the rules of aerodynamics; If the experts were to be believed, we should have been nowhere in [19]83 Cricket World Cup; If the experts were to be believed, Wilma Rudolf, the first American lady to win 4 Olympic gold in athletics, should not have been in a position to walk without braces; ..If the experts were to be believed Arunima Sinha could hardly lead a normal life, but she climbed the Mount Everest.

    He concludes, the Corona crisis is no different and firmly believes that we will defeat Corona. Yes, I echo the same. Experts may not be always correct. Let us have belief in ourselves and that is battle half won. ‘Never let a good crisis go waste’ said Sir Winston Churchill after the World War II. My guess, a new normal will emerge; the new world will encourage the strong willed innovators and discourage the weak heart laggards.

    It will be our choice where we want to see ourselves.

    हम होंगे कामियाब….. we shall succeed

    Thank you all and God bless.

    Taraprasad Das

    President, VISION 2020 India

    On behalf of the Executive Committee

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