Being recognized as an Eye Health Heroat the 2019 IAPB Council of Members meeting was a great honour. It was an amazing platform to meet many dynamic personalities in eye care. I have been working with Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherryfor over 10 years managingpatientcare and quality. Our focus at Aravind has been to provide a safe and satisfying experience to all patients, regardless of their capacity to pay.
It is the role that I play in the environmental sustainability initiatives, that triggered my nomination to IAPB’s Eye Health Hero award! The award was not only a recognition of our work but also popularized the importance of becoming environmentally conscious in our battle against avoidable blindness and visual impairment. We recognize thatjust as COVID-19, climate change too respects no boundaries and is rapidly affecting the world with serious implications on health, well-being and socio-economic conditions of populations, especially in low-resource settings. Given the growing burden of blindness and limitations in resources, environmental sustainability should become consideration in the design and delivery of eye care services.
This award gave me the opportunity toconnectwithlike–mindedpeople engaged in climate action and develop working partnerships. I thank IAPB for this great honour and the entire Aravind team for their support in all my endeavours.