The summary report of the National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey India 2015-2019 has been released by the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with Ministers of State of the union and state health ministers at the 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare on October 10, 2019.
Prof. B. R. Shamanna faculty at School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad was involved in the conceptualization, methodology and training of the survey teams from the Apex institute, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi which undertook this mammoth exercise across the country over the last 4 years.
Dr. Shamanna has completed his medical education from Karnataka Medical College, and his MD in Community Medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He completed his M.Sc. from University College London and also holds a double Diplomate of the National Board in Maternal & Child Health as well as Social & Preventive Medicine. He is a visiting faculty to the Masters in Public Health Eye care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a VISITING PROFESSOR TO MANIPAL UNIVERSITY. He has published extensively, and his interests are Health & Welfare economics, Disability Inclusive Development, Education and teaching methods, ALTERNATIVE OPINIONS and Politics in Health Care.