Life is full of twists and turns. Our lives have taken a dramatic turn since March 2020 with the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. Imposed minimalism and lifestyle changes left people grounded and transformed them from being acquisitive to generous. We continue to exist in a transfigured world which is waging a battle against one health monster in unison, uniting us as one family. We are grateful to all who are directly working on containing the Corona Virus and are proactively doing what we can to help in this situation, much in alignment with the values of the organisation.
Aravind left no stone unturned to continue providing patient-centred care during the pandemic, though the process was extremely demanding. As always, the priority was towards ensuring the safety of both patients and staff. The period also witnessed a spurt of cost-effective, frugal innovations across the Aravind centres, to make eye care delivery safer, efficient and effective. Aravind utilised the downtime caused by the lockdown to frame and share revised guidelines and protocols in ophthalmic care delivery in the context of the pandemic. Sharing is a form of caring. These revised standards were shared with smaller eye hospitals in the country so as to benefit the community at large.
Compounding the disillusionment and sense of despair caused by COVID, 2021 was a year of great loss to Aravind as an organisation. Mr. G. Srinivasan, one of the founding members passed away at Madurai on 24 May 2021. 'GS’, as he was fondly called, was the force behind each one of Aravind's facilities and their growth over the past four and half decades. His strength and dedication created the practical foundation to realise Aravind’s vision. A man with strong principles, GS instilled a culture of frugality into the very DNA of the organisation. By embedding fiscal discipline, he ensured the financial well-being of the organisation. But for his prudence and unstinting contribution, Aravind would not have reached where it is today. His was a life well-lived, touching many souls and lives.
Dr. V and Mr. GS lead us from above, and the organisation follows...
- Dr. R.D. Ravindran
Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System