The Bajaj Group and the L V Prasad Eye Institute partners to promote world-class retina care
The L V Prasad Eye Institute is collaborating with the Bajaj Group to establish an Institute of Excellence and a Global Resource Centre for Retinal Diseases as part of its initiative to establish multiple Institutes of Excellence that focus on the main causes of blindness.
Today Mr. Shekhar Bajaj, Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Electricals Limited (BEL), and Dr. Prashant Garg, Executive Chair of the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize the cooperation. It will be known as the Anant Bajaj Retina Institute in honor of the late Mr. Anant Bajaj. It will be a vital part of the LVPEI. Through direct services provided through the LVPEI network and the work of its alumni and collaborators, as well as capacity building in India and other parts of the world, the Institute of Excellence intends to provide access to high-quality retina care for several million additional individuals.
Apart from clinical care, the focus will be on training ophthalmologists and eye care personnel, strengthening the national and international capacity of other eye care organizations, promoting and enhancing research capacity in India and other developing countries, scaling up community eye health programs, and utilizing technology for better retinal disease care.
“One of the strategic areas of focus for LVPEI is developing Institutes of Excellence and Global Resource Centres for controlling all major forms of blindness and visual impairment through dedicated efforts from health promotion to the treatment of complex eye diseases and rehabilitation of the incurably blind. The Anant Bajaj Retina Institute is one such initiative, and we are excited to partner with Mr. Shekhar Bajaj and the Bajaj Group,”said Dr. Prashant Garg, Executive Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute.
“The Bajaj family wishes to thank LVPEI for naming their Retina Centre as Anant Bajaj Retina Institute. We are pleased to partner with an institution that is widely reputed for its excellence and innovation in providing world-class service towards eye care. We believe LVPEI and Anant Bajaj Retina Institute can together make a big difference through multiple eye care centers to provide preventive and rehabilitation services to all, especially those in rural areas. Anant’s dream was to combine cutting-edge technology with philanthropy to make a difference in the lives of people. With the launch of the Anant Bajaj Retina Institute, his vision of an India with better eye health will come true,”said Mr. Shekhar Bajaj, Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Electricals Limited (BEL).
LVPEI, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness, is a key contributor in global efforts to prevent avoidable blindness. The vision and philosophy of the late Shri Jamnalal Bajaj, who embodied the notion of Trusteeship in business and the common good, govern the Bajaj Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) operations.
“The Anant Bajaj Retina Institute comprises highly compassionate, experienced, and accomplished clinicians, scientists, and researchers. With this partnership, we will be scaling up our services to bring advanced retinal eye care services to the doorstep of communities – making it accessible and affordable for all. We extend our sincere thanks to the Bajaj group for their generous support,”said Dr. Raja Narayanan, Network Head, Anant Bajaj Retina Institute.
The retina is the eye’s innermost layer, and it is responsible for vision. When it is destroyed, it causes irreversible visual loss. Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachment, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and other genetic retinal illnesses, and Retinopathy of Prematurity are only a few examples of vision-threatening retinal issues. Retinal disease-related blindness and vision impairment can be controlled and managed if detected early and treated promptly.