Hyderabad: In collaboration with the Queen’s University of Belfast, LV Prasad Eye Institute, along with nearly 30 other partners from the USA, UK, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and India, is working on a suite of studies to explore the impact of vision care at the global level to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in low and middle-income countries. The study has received funding support of £3.5 million from the Wellcome Trust and Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation.
Describing poor vision as the world’s largest unmet disability affecting 2.2 billion people, the LVPEI in a release said that about 8.8 million people in India are blind, and another 47 million people are visually impaired.
Led by Prof Nathan Congdon of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in the UK, and Dr Rohit Khanna of the LVPEI, various universities, schools non-government organisations, public health bodies, government ministries, institutions and patient groups are part of the multi-disciplinary study team. From LVPEI, senior public health specialists – Dr Srinivas Marmamula and Asha Latha Metla, and senior retina consultant Dr Raja Narayanan, are also part of the study. The other collaborators from India include Dr Suvarna Alladi from NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Dr Pallab Maulik from The George Institute for Global Health India, New Delhi and Shashidhar Komaravolu from the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, Hyderabad Deccan Chapter.
Four research projects are part of this study and they include CLEVER (Cognitive Level Enhancement through Vision Exams and Refraction), STABLE (Slashing Two-wheeler Accidents By Leveraging Eyecare), ZEAL (Zimbabwe Eyecare and Learning) and THRIFT (Transforming Households with Refraction and Innovative Financial Technology), the release added.
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