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Retinopathy of Prematurity at the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre

From 26th to 29th March, 2019 London will welcome three visitors from the L V Prasad Eye Institute, which houses the MHCECC in its Mithu Tulsi Chanrai campus in Odisha's capital city, Bhubaneswar.

Dr G N Rao, LVPEI's Founder-Chair, will accompany the organisation's retinopathy expert, Dr Subhadra Jalali, Associate Director, LVPEI and Dr Tapas Ranjan Padhi, Consultant, Retina Viterous Services at the MHCECC, to the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium Five Year Meeting at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Beating ROP in Odisha

Retinopathy of Prematurity is a form of blindness that contributes significantly to global statistics, and is preventable if diagnosed and treated before it becomes irreversible.

Dr Tapas has been working towards the eradication of blindness through ROP in Odisha since the foundation of the MHCECC in 2008. He says:

"I remember, we started our programme at a single neonatal unit in Bhubaneswar, (roughly 5-10 babies a month) and today we have covered all the neonatal units in Bhubaneswar and have expanded our ROP care to 8 more districts of Odisha (and see around 300 babies a month). We have not come across a single baby that has become blind because of ROP at Bhubaneswar in last 3 years. We are in the process of achieving the same in the peripheral districts of Odisha and some day will achieve our mission of ZERO ROP BLIND from Odisha."

Due to its success, the MHCECC's ROP team has participated in "ROP NET", a mentorship programme organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. ROP programmes in 5 developing countries are mentored by 5 centres in India that have high volume ROP work with peripheral outreach. Dr Tapas explains:

"The ROP team at Bhubaneswar has been fortunate to mentor ROP activity in Nigeria. This is first time that LVPEI Bhubaneswar got the opportunity of an international mentorship because of ROP. We have trained more than 25 ophthalmologist in ROP at national and international level and have published 20 research papers in journals. This is a witness of the growth of the ROP programme at Bhubaneswar"

The MHMT congratulates Dr Tapas and his team for making such significant progress. We are delighted to continue supporting the MHCECC's Outreach work.



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