Monday, February 9, 2009

2008 Gates Award Study Tour

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The Global Health Council is hosting a study tour of influential global health leaders from around the world to learn about the work of 2008 Gates Award for Global Health recipient, Aravind Eye Care System. Aravind received the award in recognition of its groundbreaking work to prevent debilitating blindness and provide affordable, world-class eye care to the poor. Based in Tamil Nadu, India, Aravind provides an integrated approach to the provision of eye care services to a large population in southern India and has established a new model of financial self-sustainability.

Study Tour Participants:

Dr. Mulu Admasu, Chief of Eye Surgery, ALERT Hospital, Ethiopian Ministry of Health
Dr. Ponni Subbiah, Vice President and Head, Global Access Strategy, Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Suzanne Gilbert, Director, Center for Innovation in Eye Care, Seva Foundation
Fred de Sam Lazaro, Global Health Correspondent, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Maurice Middleberg, Executive Vice President, Global Health Council
Dawn Ellen Carey, Awards Program Coordinator, Global Health Council
Jim Wiggins, Independent Consultant

Join Dawn Carey, awards coordinator at the Global Health Council, and follow the Study Tour’s journey through Madurai and Pondicherry daily, as it happens.

Day 1 – Aravind hospital sites
Day 2 – Surgeries, Hospital and Aurolab
Day 3 – Aravind Free Hospital and Remote Vision Center

Day 4 – Pondicherry Hospital
Day 5 – Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram
Day 6 - Remote Eye Camp

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