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  • Print publication year: 2014
  • Online publication date: June 2014

8 - The Real Deal at L V Prasad Eye Institute: Excellence and Equity in Healthcare

Summary

Introduction: an LVPEI experience

Bibu Gangadhar, a lawyer who has been blind since birth, addressed a small gathering at the inauguration of the digital audio library for the blind at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI):

Thanks to LVPEI's Rehabilitation Centre, I was able to pursue my higher education. Being blind, I am aware of the limitations of Braille. But when I first walked into LVPEI ten years back, I was given selfless support for my education. I would give any textbook or reference book and the volunteers here would record it for me. With these, I could do my own research. I won a gold medal in my LLB and went on to do LLM with honors [LLB and LLM denote bachelor's and master's degrees in law, respectively]. LVPEI has had a great hand in settling me.

Bibu is a shining example of triumph over disability: a top-ranking law student, a senior government employee, and a proud father. This was indeed a proud moment for Dr Gullapalli N. Rao, founder and chairman of LVPEI, and an illustration of his vision and mission. In Dr Rao's words,

Our single-minded determination was to create an institute that will play a leadership role in the combat against global blindness. The institute would also have an impact on the local community directly by providing eye care services, and indirectly by the training of eye care personnel.

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