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  • Orbis India Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 3

  • From the Directors desk

    Greetings from Orbis!

    It has been a wonderfully busy quarter this time especially with the full-fledged launch of

    our new program, Refractive Error Among Children - REACH across various states of the

    country. I wish to thank all the partners for their great effort in carrying forward this brand

    new project! Together, we hope to scale more heights by reaching out to many more

    children in need of eye care.

    We are also glad to have hosted our CEO, Bob Ranck who got familiar with our team

    and our work here in India. We were also happy to have Elise C. Lewis, Director,

    Institutional Giving who visited some of our partner hospitals.

    Read on for more interesting updates in this issue. Also, wishing

    everyone a happy and safe Diwali.

    Dr. Rahul Ali

    Country Director Orbis India

  • Orbis and Akhand Jyoti Hospital to Set Up Bihars 1st Childrens Eye Center

    Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital and Orbis have launched a new initiative in Bihar to set up the states first

    Childrens Eye Center (CEC). It is with the aim to reduce avoidable blindness and visual impairment

    among rural children in the state by developing affordable, sustainable, high quality child eye care

    services over the next six years. With 32 CECs set up across India with Orbis support, it would be a

    delight to enhance the growth of such a vital network of dedicated CECs, which continues to remain the

    largest in the world! What makes us feel even more overwhelmed is the fact that the center will be a

    first in Bihar and will make eye care accessible to children across the state.

  • Orbis REACH Project Launched Countrywide

    REACH, Refractive Error Among Children is a unique project that has been launched with the

    generous support of Qatar Fund for Development under their larger initiative - Qatar Creating Vision.

    The program has been launched across the country through our partners, namely Little Flower

    Hospital, H.V. Desai Eye Hospital, Sankara Nethralaya, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, VMA Netra

    Niramay Niketan and Aravind Eye Hospital. We are also glad to have Sightsavers on board, who have

    extended the project to their network of partner hospitals in the country. The project is a result of the

    need to address visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error in children. The good news is,

    with all our collective efforts, REACH will reach over three million children in three years!

  • Look Who Visited the Orbis India Office

    This quarter, the Orbis India office hosted Bob Ranck, CEO, Orbis International, Elise C. Lewis, Director

    of Institutional Giving and the Bangladesh team. During the visit Bob visited one of our partner hospitals,

    Dr. Shroffs Charity Eye Hospital where Orbis has established a Quality Resource Center (QRC). Bob

    also visited offices of CBM, Sightlife and Sightsavers in India. Further, Elise took deep interest in

    understanding the QRC and how quality is central to the work we do. Apart from that, Elise also visited

    our partner hospital, C.L. Gupta Eye Institute in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh where she had an extensive

    tour of the hospital and also saw the vision van. The Bangladesh team, on the other hand, came for an

    educational visit on Integrated Community Outreach Module (ICOM). Our Manager Program

    Technology, gave them a demo of the software highlighting its feasibility and time saving features when

    it comes to capturing, logging and aggregating large data.

  • Susrut Eye Foundation Gives New Meaning to Eye Care for All

    While identifying a child with visual impairment is tough in itself, it is more of a challenge to identify the

    eye health issues faced by a differently-abled child. It is wonderful to know that Susrut Eye Foundation

    and Research Centre, a partner hospital of Orbis, has taken a step forward towards reaching such

    children with special needs. They realized that the population of differently-abled children is often not

    reached through regular school screening programs and worked towards exploring ways to make the

    school screening program more inclusive. The question is how are they doing that? Well, with their

    collaboration with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, they will set up special screening camps at schools for the

    differently-abled children, ensuring that no child is left behind.

  • Moradabad 17 cases

    Kanpur 1 case

    Kolkata 3 cases

    Chennai 1 case

    Calicut 3 cases

    Pune 1 case

    Mumbai 1 case

    Surat 1 case

    Cybersight Gaining Momentum Cybersight, a global

    community of learning,

    sharing and practice is quite

    a hit in India. In fact, out of

    the 113 countries, the

    largest number of registrants

    logged is from India.

    So not only does Cybersight

    have a major chunk of users

    from India but it also

    receives a large volume of

    patient consultations.

    We are extremely delighted

    to know that our partner

    hospitals actively use this

    resource too!

  • When We Learned How to Save Lives Basic Life Support Training at Orbis

    Vivo, a healthcare training and education firm, conducted a one-day Basic Life Support (BLS) workshop

    at the Orbis India office in September. Apart from learning about how to respond to basic emergencies

    and help individuals in need, we also understood the crucial role of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

    and automated external defibrillator (AED). The hands-on first responder training helped us appreciate

    how we as ordinary individuals can be of help when it comes to saving someones life. We urge all our

    partners also to take some time off their busy schedule and enrol for BLS training. You never know

    when you might be needed to save lives!

  • Shikshak Samman Samaroh- Felicitating Teachers, An Integral Part of School Screening

    Teachers have always played a crucial and integral role in screening and identifying vision problems

    among children. This Teachers Day, C.L. Gupta Eye Institute organized an event named Shikshak

    Samman Samaroh with the support of Orbis to felicitate teachers involved in the eye screening of

    children. Chief Guest, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Dwivedi, District Inspector of Schools, expressed his full

    support to C.L. Gupta on its initiative in schools. RSD Academy, Falay Daran Inter College and Moulana

    Azad College were awarded for their outstanding support.

  • Stories along the

    Orbis journey!

    Neha encountered difficulties in her studies and was not able to play with her

    friends. It was even difficult for her to answer the door as she could not identify the

    visitor. Luckily, Neha was identified at a school screening camp and referred to

    Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, an Orbis partner hospital for treatment. Here she was

    diagnosed with congenital cataract and advised surgery in both eyes. Her vision

    improved after the first surgery in her right eye. This improvement not only made

    her happy but also motivated enough for a surgery in the other eye as well. This

    intervention improved her sight immensely. When asked how she felt, she

    exclaimed, Colors look so much more brighter now, and moreover, I dont need to

    bring my book so close to my face to read it!

  • Upcoming events

    November 12 - 13, 2016

    The Winter Conference of Delhi Ophthalmological Society at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    November 12 - 13, 2016

    49th Annual Conference of Ophthalmological Society of Assam at NEIST, Jorhat

    November 25 - 27, 2016

    "Drishti 2016" 43rd Annual Conference of Kerala Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons at Gokulam Park Hotel &

    Convention Centre, Kochi

    December 1 - 3, 2016

    13th ISOPT Clinical Conference, Rome

    December 2 - 4, 2016

    An Intercontinental Perspective of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Marriott Hotel, Jaipur

    December 10 - 11, 2016

    "OSOCON - 2016" 32nd Annual Conference of Odisha State Ophthalmological Society at KIMS Auditorium,


    January 14 - 20, 2017

    Hawaiian Eye 2017, Koloa, Hawaii, United States

    January 25 - 29, 2017

    Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is! Naples, Fl, United States

  • February 9 - 12, 2017

    3rd Asia - Australia Congress on Controversies Ophthalmology 2017, Seoul, South Korea

    February 10 - 12, 2017

    21st European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Winter Meeting 2017, Netherlands

    February 10 - 11, 2017

    The 1st International Swept Source OCT and Angiography Conference, Madrid, Spain

    February 16 - 19, 2017

    AIOC 75th Platinum Jubilee Annual Conference, Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Jaipur

    February 23 - 26, 2017

    Retina World Congress, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    March 1 - 5, 2017


    Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, Singapore

    March 15 - 16, 2017

    9th Global Ophthalmology Summit, London, UK

    March 30 - April 1, 2017

    8th World Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology 2017, Madrid, Spain

    Upcoming events

  • India Country Office,

    6th Floor, Fortune Tower II, Plot No.

    406, Udyog Vihar Phase III, Gurgaon,

    Haryana - 122016, India

    Tel: 91-124-4284601

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    Email: [email protected]

    Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has been a

    pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 30 years. Orbis

    transforms lives by providing the skills, resources and knowledge needed to

    deliver accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local

    partners, Orbis provides hands-on training, strengthens eye care

    infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on public

    health agendas. In India, the focus is specially on children, where Orbis has

    established the worlds largest network of Childrens Eye Centers: 31

    centers across 17 states.

    When we can see, it can be easy to take our vision for granted. But giving

    vision to someone who doesnt have it is life-changing. And we change lives!

    Orbis International

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