Eye Health Hero: V. Rajashekar
The LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is proud to nominate V. Rajashekar, Assistant Director and Head of the Village Vision Complex, as its Eye Health Hero ahead of the IAPB 9th General Assembly. LVPEI is a world-reknown WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and is also the Organiser Partner for the 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad.
Dr. G.N. Rao, Chairman of LVPEI, says of Rajashekar: "One of the very best to combine Head and Heart in every thing that he does. Belongs to a rare breed of people who combine diligence and dedication with impeccable integrity and focus".
Rajashekar manages the operations of the Village Vision Complex ("VVC"). The VVC comprises ten secondary level eye care centers and more than eighty primary level eye care centers (also known as "vision centers"). The secondary centers provide comprehensive eye examination and cataract surgical services (among other services) to the predominantly rural populations living in and around the location of each eye hospital. Many vision centers are located in remote rural areas with no other healthcare providers and several are in tribal areas. The VVC has served more than 700,000 out-patients and 85,000 in-patients.
Rajashekar manages a VVC workforce of close to 400 (including contract workers, trainees, and employees). In addition, Rajashekar is also in charge of the planning and development of secondary centers from scratch. He was involved with all aspects of development of at least six of the secondary centers from inception to inauguration, including identification and training of staff. Finally, Rajashekar has also contributed to the capacity building of several partner eye hospitals.
Rajashekar recently completed 15 years of dedicated, productive, and selfless service at LVPEI. While the length of service itself is a distinction, the adjectives that adorn his service put him in an elite list of employees not only at LVPEI but in Indian workplaces in general. Rajashekar's career at LVPEI began as the administrator of the yet to be constructed secondary level eye care center in the rural Mudhole village of the underserved Adilabad district. Rajashekar supervised the construction and development of the center from the scratch and worked on the ground in a rural area with inadequate facilities. He was subsequently identified as raw talent by none other than the Chairman of LVPEI, Dr. G.N. Rao. Rajashekar later worked to build the capacity of secondary and tertiary level hospitals of LVPEI partners, LVPEI alumni, and partners of international NGOs like Operation Eyesight Universal. His unassuming and down-to-earth attitude endeared him to partners and employees alike. Today, as the Assistant Director of LVPEI, Rajashekar manages the whole VVC.
"The past 15 years of my life as a member of the LVPEI family have been both memorable and enjoyable. My humble beginning as an administrator of an LVPEI secondary level eye centre is itself a highlight as this was our first rural center. We now have ten secondary centers and more than eighty vision centers, all of which I am very fortunate to be a small part of. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the needy and underprivileged. Thanks to LVPEI, I am in a position that is respected not only by my colleagues but also my family and friends, whose support has been crucial. Last but not least, I am glad to have been of assistance to Dr. G.N. Rao in implementing his vision for LVPEI.", Rajashekar said.