Novartis Ophthalmology Reimagining the treatment and prevention of visual impairment and blindness
This year, a total of 157 applications from 32 countries were submitted to the eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA). An independent panel of ophthalmology and optometry experts selected the 6 projects that aligned best with XOVA’s mission to have a significant impact in unmet needs. In total, Novartis will award the winning initiatives with a combined grant worth €267,000, projected to benefit up to 600,000 people.
Novartis congratulates this year’s winning projects:
Expanding eyecare access in Southwestern Kenya through community-based vision centers
Dr Olivia Killeen on behalf of the Innovation Eye Centre, Kenya
Integrated people-centered eyecare for the indigenous people of Benguet, Philippines Dr Maria Victoria Rondaris on behalf of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia
Reducing childhood blindness by improving access to community ophthalmology for low-income families in Burundi, Africa
Prof. Lévi Kandeke on behalf of Centre Tertaire des Soins Oculaires de l’Enfant (CTSOE), Burundi
Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic: eliminating rural avoidable blindness in western Uttar Pradesh, India Dr Pradeep Agarwal on behalf of the CL Gupta Eye Institute, India
Enhancing community eyecare and creating eyecare demand among ethnic minority groups in Lai Chau Province, Vietnam
Ngoc Pham on behalf of Orbis International, Inc.
Development of a web platform for screening and referral of Retinopathy of Prematurity
Prof. Songtau Yuan on behalf of the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, China