Dr. Uday Gajiwala

M.S Ophthalmology 1991

Area of Intervention: Availability of all the subspecialties in eye care. Training programs for all the cadres of eye care workers. Research in Ophthalmology is also going on. Almost 75 % of the work being done totally free state of the art tertiary eye care facility with 100 beds. We are providing high quality affordable comprehensive eye care in the rural poor tribal area.Everything in eye care ranging from prevention, promotion, cure, and rehabilitation available under one roof.

Member of  All India Ophthalmological Society, Delhi Ophthalmic Society, Indian Medical Association, BJ Medical College Alumni Association, Hospital Infection Society of India and International member – American Academy of Ophthalmology, Institutional member of the Vision 2020 India forum on behalf of  Divyajyoti Trust, Editorial board member of Community Eye Health Journal. Presently President – Vision 2020 Gujarat Chapter and President, Indian Medical Association, Mandvi chapter. Co-founder of Divyajyoti trust and Ophthalmic mission trust, Dahod. Technical advisor to Vision Foundation of India and RNC Free eye hospital, Valsad. Considered an expert in infection control practices. Authored and co-authored several manuals and guidelines. Have several publications in national journals  Vision Award by Vision 2020: 

Right to Sight India program at Udaipur on the occasion of World Sight Day celebration Oct. 2010, Vocational Excellence” award by Rotary Club of Ahmedabad –– 2011,  Dr. R. N. Mathur oration at the 41st All Gujarat Ophthalmic Conference held at Rajkot in Oct. 2013, Vocational Excellence award by “Philanthropic Society of Ankleshwar” in May 2014, “SEWA SUWAS” award from Surat Manav  Seva Sangh – “Chhayando” on 12th July 2014, Vocational excellence award from Rotary Club of Surat main on 10.10.2014, Dr. Aroop and Dr. Mrs. Meenakshi Midya award for excellent services in community ophthalmology by Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India at Lucknow in 2015 and Dr. G. Venkatswamy memorial award by Community Ophthalmology Society of India, Delhi in 2015. Previously, I have worked in SEWA Rural, Jhagadia for 20 years where I was instrumental in developing comprehensive eye care services. 

The impact of  Divyajyoti had a large outreach component with diagnostic eye camps, satellite OPDs under PPP mode, and used to perform close to 6000 surgeries annually. We were involved in community-based rehabilitation of blinds – nearly 800 incurable blinds were rehabilitated in seven blocks around Jhagadia and integrated education activity for incurably blind children – nearly 100 blind children benefitted through this activity.

  • Over nine years, we have examined more than 775,000 OPD patients including base hospitals, diagnostic camps and outreach centers.
  • Performed more than 85,000 eye surgeries.
  • Helped in academic progress to more than 50 blind students.
  • Set up a tertiary eye care facility in interior rural tribal area
  • Screened more than 122,654 school children in the service area
  • Screened more than 4,515 Truck drivers so that their driving remains safe 
  • Almost 85% of cataract surgical work is being done free of cost.
  • Rehabilitated more than 500 incurably blind individuals.

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