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अखिल भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान, नई दिल्ली
All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Dr. Praveen Vashist

 

Dr Praveen Vashist,

Professor and Officer In-Charge

Community Ophthalmology

Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences,

AIIMS, New Delhi-29, India

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As Officer In-Charge of Community Ophthalmology at the apex ophthalmic institute of the country, I have been instrumental in developing models for community outreach services and strengthening epidemiological research and training in the field of community eye care. I have been Principal Investigator of 42 research and community eye care projects implemented in RP Centre in partnership with international, national organizations including WHO, NPCB&VI, ICMR, DST, SightSavers, Operation Eyesight Universal, VisionSpring, ORBIS, LCIF and CBM. I have more than 80 publications in international and national peer-reviewed journals. I have delivered more than 300 lectures as resource person/faculty in conferences and CMEs organized at international and national level. I routinely provide technical assistance to NPCB&VI and was appointed as Principal Investigator for the National Blindness Survey 2015-19 and National Trachoma Surveys 2014-17. As an outcome of this National Trachoma Survey, Government of India declared elimination of active trachoma among children in India. I have also been appointed by WHO as member of dossier review committee for elimination of Trachoma in Nepal and Myanmar.  I have been involved in blindness control and rehabilitation activities with WHO SEARO and coordinating the activities of WHO-Collaborative Centre for Prevention of Blindness at RP Centre, AIIMS. I am also Vice President and key resource person for Vision 2020-Right to Sight, India.

Awards and Honors:

Year

Title of Award

Awarding Body

2010

Commonwealth scholarship for the MSc Community Eye Health Course at London school of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Commonwealth UK

2014

AIIMS Excellence Research Award

AIIMS, New Delhi

2014

Exemplary individual contribution in the field of Community Eye Care Services

COSI

2014

GOLD MEDAL" for services in community eye care and trachoma surveys

ACOIN

2016

AIIMS Excellence Award for Certificate of Commendation under clinical research

AIIMS, New Delhi

2019

Awarded by MoH&FW, Nirman Bhawan for taking “Initiatives for eye care awareness for MOH&FW.

DGHS, Govt of India

2019

Awarded Ophthalmic Ratna award

Manthan EHC foundation, Haryana

 

Research and Community Outreach Projects –Principal Investigator in last five years (2015 onwards)  

Sr. No

Project Title

Source of Funding

Year

1

Regional pilot model to integrate Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Services at various levels of Health care delivery system through a Person- Centered Approach involving Assistive Technology

WHO

2020

2

Mapping of Human Resource & Infrastructure for Pediatric eye care services in India

Orbis

2020

3

Correlation between outdoor activity as measured by UV radiation exposure and myopic refractive error in school going children in New Delhi (C0-PI)

Orbis

2019-20

4

Prospective audits of the phenotype, causes and correlates of Trichiasis: A WHO Trachoma Collaborative Study (Co-PI)

WHO

2019-2020

5

To evaluate the effect of increased outdoor activity on the incidence and progression of myopia in school children (Co-PI)

DST

2017-2019

6

Vision Screening and Eyeglasses Dispensing Program for Students in Delhi Schools

Visionspring

2017-2019

7

Multi-centric study of impact of exposure to Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) & aerosol exposure on ocular health in India Phase 2 (Co-PI)

ICMR

2018-2023

8

A Sustainable Model for Comprehensive Outreach Eye Care Service for underserved population in Delhi Slums and resettlement colonies

Deepalaya

2017-2022

9

A Sustainable Model for Comprehensive Outreach Eye Care Service for underserved population in Delhi and NCR

Sparsh

2017-2022

10

A Sustainable Model for Comprehensive Outreach Eye Care Service in NCR- Dharuhera

Heromotors

2017-20

11

A Sustainable Model for Comprehensive Outreach Eye Care Service in NCR- Tauru

Deepalaya

2017-2022

12

Community Ophthalmology Programme in South Delhi

Deepalaya

2017-18

13

An Operational Research on Developing Disability Inclusive Eye Health Program in India (Co-PI)

CBM

2016-2020

14

Operational Research project on strengthening integrated primary eye care in urban vulnerable populations of Delhi”

Sightsavers

2016-19

15

National Blindness Survey- Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness and diabetic retinopathy in India: Epidemiological Study of avoidable blindness in India

NPCB, Govt of India

2015-19

 

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