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Dear Friends,

It would have been Dr. V’s one hundredth birthday on October 1st. Everyone who was fortunate enough to have met him will attest to the humble power of this singular man. He lives on in each of us with his quiet voice that speaks of kindness, dignity and responsibility. He had a relentless focus on what seemed to be an impossible dream and the ability to inspire others to believe that it was achievable and that they should join him on the journey, and they did.

I first met Dr. V in 1981 when I had the good fortune of spending one month at Aravind. I went there as a senior surgical resident to perfect my surgical skills before going out in to world as an ophthalmologist, but what I learned there went far beyond suturing technique. Dr. V opened my eyes to the potential in all of us for giving and service that extends way past what we alone can imagine. I immediately bonded with him in that short period of time and knew that my life would somehow always include Aravind, and here I am 37 years later. At some point he said to me that I had been with the Aravind family in an earlier life, and, amazingly, that makes perfect sense to me. It is a distinct honor for me to be part of the enormous, international Aravind Family.
Thank you, Dr. V.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Christine Melton,
President,
Board of Directors,
Aravind Eye Foundation
Centenary Celebration of the Birth of Our Founder: Dr. G. Venkataswamy
October 1, 2018, marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, the founder of Aravind Eye Care System. More than 1000 people gathered in Madurai to celebrate Dr. V’s centenary and to share their recollections of his influence on their personal lives, as well as his impact on the millions who might otherwise be needlessly blind.

To recognize the importance of Dr. V’s contributions, Google dedicated a Google Doodle to him which ran on home pages in India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

View the entire celebration, A Tribute to the Light, including a dramatic re-enactment of Dr. V’s life
Congratulations to Professor Fred Munson, winner of the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award 2018
This year’s Dr. G. Venkataswamy Oration Award was presented to Fred Munson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Professor Munson’s association with Aravind spans more than 40 years, and his teaching and mentoring have had a profound impact on Aravind’s own development, as well as our work with 300-plus hospitals across the world. The Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award recognizes outstanding professionals in ophthalmology and vision sciences whose work takes humanity a step closer to the goal of eliminating needless blindness.

View Professor Munson’s award oration at Aravind Eye Care System
Hilton Coalition Fellows, Shazzad Khan and Adrien Gaussan, share their experiences at Aravind Eye Care System

This past summer, Aravind hosted our first Hilton Fellows, Shazzad Khan and Adrien Gaussan, as part of the Conrad Hilton Coalition Fellowship program to develop the next generation of humanitarian leaders. Read Adrien's and  Shazzad's blogs. 
Wired Magazine Names Dr. Kim to the Wired 25 List - 25 People Who Will Change the Future

Google CEO Sundar Pichai nominated Dr. Kim to the Wired 25 List for Aravind’s ground-breaking work in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Diabetic Retinopathy. Aravind and Google collaborated to develop AI that can predict whether a patient has diabetic retinopathy, and ultimately, can be used to detect other eye diseases and even heart disease and dementia. Read the full story.