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10th Annual Conference of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight – India

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(Left to Right) Dr. Sara Varughese, Dr. G N Rao and Dr. R. Pararajasegaram addressing delegates in the plenary session

Vision 2020: The Right to Sight – India organised its 10th Annual conference on Advancement in Comprehensive Eye care in July 5 and 6, 2014. Little Flower Hospital and Research Centre, Angamaly, Kerala hosted the conference.

10th annual conference of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight – India

Little Flower Hospital and research center hosted the 10th annual conference of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight – India during July 5 and 6, 2014 in Kerala, India.  The principal objective of the conference was to share knowledge on latest ‘Advancement in comprehensive Eye care’ with focus on clinical and managerial issues. The programmes were planned to address the needs of different stakeholders like Doctors, technicians, development professional, hospital administrators and other key players in the field of eye care. Experts presented more than 120 papers in the area of eye care and avoidable blindness. 

The six tracks

The programmes were organised based on six tracks to address different stakeholder’s requirements. The papers in the conference are presented under following themes:
  1. Inspirational leadership for achieving challenging goals
  2. Quality and excellence in OT, OPD and allied departments of an eye hospital
  3. Community outreach: towards equitable, accessible, affordable eye care delivery
  4. Optometry & optical Dispensing
  5. Project and operation management
  6. Comprehensive approach and advancements  in eye care: practices, techniques and technology

Plenary session

Luminaries in the field of avoidable blindness spoke at the plenary session. Fr. Paul Madan the Director and Principal of Little flower hospital and research center chaired and Dr. Sara Varughese National Director CBM India co-chaired the session. The topics discussed in the session are:
  • ‘Scaling up blindness prevention efforts’ by Dr. R. Pararajasegaram, the International Ambassador for IMPACT and former Regional Adviser for Prevention of Blindness at the WHO Regional Office for South East Asia. 
  • ‘Vision 2020 goals where India stands, and action required for future’ by Dr. G N Rao, Chair of the International Centre for Eye Care Education (ICEE). He was the founder of L. V. Prasad eye care institute, and served as President and CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
  • ‘Universal eye health: A global action plan 2014-19 (GAP)’ by Dr. Pradeep Joshi; The national professional officer, World Health Organization (WHO) India
  • ‘Roadmap for Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) management in India’ by Dr. GVS Murthy, Director of IIPHs and the Vice President at PHFI. Till recently he was the Head of the Department of Community Ophthalmology at the Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
The panel discussion concluded with a question and answer session. The session was interactive and thought provoking.

Way forward

The 10th Annual conference was a magnificent platform for knowledge sharing and networking. Vision 2020: Right to sight it will continue to work tirelessly towards the elimination of avoidable blindness. Work closely with government of India, ‘WHO’ and other stakeholders to eliminate avoidable blindness in India.

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