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  • Orbis India Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1

  • From the Directors desk

    Greetings from Orbis!

    As we begin this new year, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for making 2015 an

    amazing year for us! It is because of the unstinting support we received from partners like you

    that we can look back on a productive and fulfilling year.

    Inauguration of our Quality Resource Center, launch of the Vision Screening Handbook,

    Cybersight in its new avatar and this Newsletter that you are reading are but few of the highlights

    of last year. An important development during 2015 has been the development of a new global

    strategic plan that will guide us towards our vision of the future.

    We at Orbis look to the future with great hope and confidence to seed and catalyze newer efforts

    in our common cause to eliminate avoidable blindness. With several exciting projects rolling out,

    we believe that 2016 will be inspiring for all of us.

    On behalf of all of us here at Orbis, I wish you and your team a very happy,

    healthy and fulfilling New Year!

    Dr. Rahul Ali

    Country Director Orbis India

  • Orbis is First Program Partner for the IAPB 10th General Assembly

    We are delighted to inform you that Orbis has confirmed its place as the first Program Partner for the

    IAPB 10th General Assembly (IAPB 10GA) to be held from 27 - 30 October 2016 in Durban, South

    Africa. The theme for 10GA is Stronger Together. Here, IAPB will be showcasing one of the eye

    health sectors remarkable success stories longstanding cross-sectoral partnerships. As a valued and

    equal partner in our work to eliminate avoidable and treatable blindness and visual impairment, we

    invite you to submit abstract(s) presenting highlights from your work. We request that all abstracts

    related to work supported by Orbis be submitted to [email protected] for review prior to submission

    to the IAPB 10GA Program Committee. All other abstracts can be submitted directly to the IAPB 10GA

    Program Committee. Submission guidelines:

    Durban South Africa 27-30 October 2016

    mailto:[email protected]://

  • Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya inaugurates a world-class modular OT complex

    Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya has earned numerous laurels over the years from being the world's largest

    rural eye care provider to being the first eye hospital to perform 100,000 cataract surgeries in a year.

    Sadguru has established one of the largest primary eye care networks - 34 vision centers - and caters

    to over 700,000 outpatients, performs over 135,000 ophthalmic surgeries and conducts over 3000

    outreach camps each year. The institution has performed over 1.5 million surgeries since its inception

    in 1968. Having ISO 9001-2008 Quality Certification, it is also an International Training Center affiliated

    to the International Council of Ophthalmology. The recent addition to their long list of achievements is

    the new wing with 25 state-of-the-art Modular Operation Theatres and one Lasik Suite; this happens to

    be the worlds largest ophthalmic OT complex. Our best wishes to Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya team as

    they scale newer heights in our fight against avoidable blindness.

  • World Sight Day was observed to raise awareness on eye care

    VISION 2020: The Right to Sight INDIA organized a wide range of activities across Bengaluru and

    Delhi to mark the World Sight Day (WSD) 2015. The events in Bengaluru were kicked off by a bikers

    rally a few days prior to the WSD. 10 Harley Davidson bikes thundered across the city waving banners

    and distributing leaflets during the 70 km ride. The objective was noble - to raise public awareness about

    blindness prevention and eye health. The highlight of the Bengaluru event was a 1.3 km Walk for

    Vision at the green lung of Bengaluru - Cubbon Park. Nearly 650 people including students, VISION

    2020 members and the general public participated in this walk led by the senior government officials

    from the Ministry of Health, Government of India and the state of Karnataka. In the national capital, FM

    Radio channels were used to reach out and amplify the importance of eye health in peoples lives.

  • Orbis entertains and educates children on eye health through comics

    There is no better way to engage children than with comics. So, on the occasion of World Sight Day,

    Orbis India brought out comics for children using the epic comic character Chacha Chaudhary. He is

    accompanied by popular characters Billoo, Pinki and the Orbis India Mascot Twinkle. These comics are

    being used as a medium to both engage and communicate with children by lending a delightful twist to

    subjects such as refractive error and eye health and safety. The comic was launched at the event

    organized by VISION 2020: The Right to Sight India to mark the World Sight Day 2015. A copy of the

    comics can be read here. Comics - English | Comics - Hindi

  • Now the Vision Screening

    Handbook is also in Marathi

    H V Desai Eye Hospital, Pune has

    translated Orbiss Vision Screening

    Handbook for School Teachers in Marathi.

    Orbis has developed this material to aid

    teachers in identifying vision problems,

    eye diseases, and disorders among their

    students and also to educate students

    about eye health and safety. We would

    like to thank H V Desai Eye Hospital for

    this effort to increase the scope and reach

    of the Handbook, says Dr. Rahul Ali,


    We welcome other institutions to

    reproduce the Handbook in their regional

    languages and thereby help even more

    teachers in identifying and referring

    students with any eye related problems.

    So far the Handbook is available in

    English, Hindi and Nepali.

  • Orbis introduces ICOM to support data management at outreach activities

    Orbis launched an Integrated Community Outreach Module, Orbis-ICOM, to automate data management

    at outreach activities. The software aids patient registration, capturing of comprehensive clinical

    examination data, optical services, and referral management. This is a comprehensive solution for

    improving operational effectiveness and data quality thereby enhancing the quality of patient care. The

    software has currently been implemented at CL Gupta Eye Institutes outreach efforts - 5 vision centers,

    camps and vision van.

  • Orbis and MOFA, Taiwan join hands to deliver quality eye care in West Bengal

    An agreement was signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), R. O. C. (Taiwan) and Orbis

    at Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Center to develop a long-term sustainable pediatric eye care

    system and deliver quality eye care services to the children of West Bengal. MOFA Taiwan was

    represented by Ambassador. Chung-Kwang Tien, Honorable Representative of Taiwan to India from the

    Taipei Economic & Cultural Center (TECC) in India and Orbis was represented by Dr. Rahul Ali, Country

    Director-India. Ms. Jeannie Tien Chen, Honorable Ambassadress of Taiwan to India from the TECC, Mr.

    Tu, Hu-Fan, Director, Taipei World Trade Center, Liaison Office in Kolkata and Dr. Ratish Chandra

    Paul, Secretary Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Center were also present on the occasion.

  • Bhojpur in Uttar Pradesh now has a Vision Center

    C L Gupta Eye Institute (CLGEI), Moradabad launched their 5th vision center supported by Orbis at

    Bhojpur, 22 km from the base hospital. Andre Wamsi, Community Development Officer, Moradabad

    inaugurated the center in the presence of Dr. Sanjeev Yadav Chief Medical Officer, Moradabad, Shikha

    Gupta, Chairman of CLGEI, Dr. Pradeep Agarwal, Director of CLGEI and Sardar Gurvinder Singh,

    Secretary of CLGEI.

  • 2nd Regional Meeting on the implementation of Universal Eye Health in SEAR

    WHO SEARO and IAPB SEA jointly convened the 2nd Regional Meeting on the implementation of

    Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014 2019 in the SEAR Member States on December

    15 16, 2015 at Kathmandu, Nepal. Nanda Bahadur Pun, the Honourable Vice-President of Nepal,

    was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony. Representatives from the MoH, WHO, IAPB SEAR,

    experts, and international partners from the region participated in this meeting. Dr. Rahul Ali, Country

    DirectorIndia represented Orbis at the meet.

  • Sankara has developed a real time Blindness Prevention Surveillance System

    Sankara Eye Foundation is now equipped with SERVIS (Sankara Electronic Remote Vision

    Information System) an android based application designed to capture live village level data for

    planning necessary interventions aimed at control of blindness. This innovation has made community

    outreach efforts paperless as Sankaras team of field workers, doctors and paramedics will use tablets

    to record patient specific data during household surveys and eye camps. SERVIS bagged Vodafone

    Indias Mobile for Good awards 2014, for driving social change through technological solution.

  • ITS MORE THAN VISION Its the ability to learn in the classroom with her peers

    Pragyan is an 8-y

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