Journey So Far
JOURNEY SO FAR
Bangladesh Eye Care Project (2009-2010)
Eye-See-The-World, an annual event since 2008, was organised by Singapore Airlines. Together with eye specialists from the Bangladesh Eye Hospital, Dr Agrawal and the eye team from TTSH rendered free cataract surgery to 178 villagers in 2009 and 194 villagers over the span of 2 days in 2010. Dr Agrawal performed cataract surgeries in these patients using the technique of small incision cataract surgery and also trained his fellow doctors with this technique of cataract surgery. It was a fruitful expedition, where people of different cultures met to interact and render aid to one other.
Myanmar Eyecare Project (2012-2013)
Dr Agrawal participated in the Myanmar Eyecare Project in Wachet, Myanmar with Dr Jayant Iyer, Dr Melissa Wong, Dr Jason Lee and a team of doctors from Australia, UK and India. The project was initiated by Dr Kwon Kang, an Australian ophthalmologist with a team of eyecare professionals from Australia and India. The project has been supporting Jivitadana Sangha Hospital Wachet, Sagaing Hills, Sagaing, Myanmar for over one decade. Dr Agrawal was involved in March 2012 and March 2013 and both the occasions he contributed actively by screening the patients, operating the complex cataract and importantly training young ophthalmologists from Singapore, the UK and Australia. On both the occasions more than 400 patients were operated and over 1000 patients were screened. He provided training to founding members of The Vision Mission – Dr Jason Lee and Dr Jayant Iyer and he is currently serving as an advisory board member of The Vision Mission.
The Vision Mission(TVM) Projects in India and Sri Lanka (2014-2015)
Dr Agrawal went to Sambalpur, Odisha, India in December 2014 and 2015 along with a team of doctors from The Vision Mission. The objective of this mission trip was to provide clinical and surgical training and capacity building for Trilocahan Netralaya, Sambalpur. Dr Agrawal had an opportunity to meet up with Dr Shivaprasad Sahoo, a selfless dedicated eye surgeon restoring eye sight for thousands of individuals through his special surgical skills. Dr Agrawal also conducted teaching and training for ophthalmologists and healthcare professionals along with other team members of The Vision Mission. Dr Agrawal also provided Trilochan Netralaya with a fundus camera for tele-ophthalmology by liaising with Forus Healthcare, Bangalore. In June 2016, Dr Agrawal and his daughter went for the mission trip in Vavunaya, Sri Lanka under The Vision Mission organisation and along with Dr Shivaprasad Sahoo and Dr Raghuraj Hegde performed 500 cataract surgeries in 5 days.
Rotary Eye Hospital Puruliah Project (2015-2016)
In March 2016, Dr Agrawal along with his friend Dr Manoj Khatri and a team from Rotary Club of Singapore went to Rotary Eye Hospitals in Eastern India – Puruliah, Hooghly and Bhuvaneswar. There, both Dr Khatri and Dr Agrawal did retinal eye screening and provided laser treatment for patients with severe non proliferative diabetic retinopathy and proliferative diabetic retinopathy. They also screened patients for other retinal diseases and referred them to nearby centres for further advance retina care and management. Along with Mr Alan Tan, the president of the Rotary Club of Singapore, the advance retina care centre was inaugurated at Puruliah Rotary Eye Hospitals. Currently Dr Agrawal is engaged with all three eye hospitals for eye clinics online consultation and for advice on advance retina care in the community.