Aravind Eye Foundation Board
President
Dr. Christine Melton
Treasurer & Secretary
Ms. Pavithra Mehta
Members
Dr.S. Aravind
Lady Neelam Feachem
Mr. Jerry G. Jones
Ms. Meg Lueker
Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla
Dr.R.D. Ravindran
Dr. Alan Robin
Mr.Sriram Viswanathan
Advisory Board
Mr. Jose Barquin
Dr. Morton Goldberg
Mr. David Green
Ms. Santha Jeyabalan
Prof. Fred Munson
Mr.D. Nagarajan
Dr.P. Namperumalsamy
Prof. Kasturi Rangan
Dr. Bruce Spivey
Executive Director
Ms. Donna Campbell
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Dear Friends,

This past year, doctors at the Aravind Eye Care System saw more than 3 million patients and performed some 370,000 sight-restoring surgeries - the numbers are staggering. And, to some organizations, they would be just that - numbers. But at Aravind, they are 3 million individuals - children, grandparents, students, teachers, construction workers, farmers - and each one of them is treated with respect and compassion by Aravind sisters, doctors, and administrators.

Aravind has set even more ambitious goals for the future one million surgeries and laser treatments and 10 million outpatients by the year 2020 - and equally audacious goals for research, training, manufacturing and community outreach. But no matter how big the numbers get, we wont forget the words of our founder, Dr. V -- "It is ourselves we are helping, it is ourselves we are healing."

It promises to be an exciting journey for the entire organization, and we are grateful for your support.

Warmest regards,
The Board of Aravind Eye Foundation

Aravind Eye Foundation welcomes Lady Neelam Sekhri Feachem to the board of directors

Lady Neelam Sekhri Feachem has over 25 years of experience in health policy, financing, and management of health care.

Dr.G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award is given annually to professionals in ophthalmology and vision sciences who work towards eradication of blindness. This year the award was presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram in recognition of his enduring contribution towards the prevention of global blindness.
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Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the world highest rates of blindness from cataracts and not nearly enough qualified eye care professionals to address this great need. Over the last two decades, Aravind healthcare consulting division,
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Proof Eyewear and Aravind inaugurate new vision center in Pattamadai
In late July, a team from Proof Eyewear boarded a plane which would take them from Boise, Idaho, to Madurai, Tamil Nadu and ultimately to the ancient city of Pattamadai home of India famous mat makers and Aravind newest rural vision center. As part of its "Do Good" program, Proof Eyewear donated $25,000 to the Aravind Eye Foundation to build the center, and joined Aravind staff and local dignitaries at the inauguration.

Vision centers provide basic eye care and prescribe spectacles to rural populations; after patients are examined by a technician, they meet with an Aravind doctor via high-speed Internet connection. If patients need surgery or more extensive care, they are taken to the closest Aravind eye hospital. Aravind plans to open 130 vision centers by 2020 as part of its plans to provide universal coverage in southern India.

Founded by three brothers, Proof Eyewear makes original, handmade eyewear frames from sustainable woods. Proof donates a portion of sales from each frame to charity (http://iwantproof.com/do-good/). Proof also designed frames to commemorate the Pattamadai opening with an inscription in Tamil: "More than one fourth of the world blind people live in India. Help eliminate needless blindness. Do Good."