Unfortunately there are very few ROP specialists in India especially in rural areas.
KIDROP is Narayana Nethralaya’s flagship tele-ROP program started in 2008. KIDROP is a tele-medicine platform that benefits preterm babies born in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) who do not have an ROP specialist to screen and treat the babies on time. Mobile teams of trained imagers use specialized ROP cameras to take images of the baby’s retina and upload it on the platform to be graded by Narayana Nethralaya’s ROP team. The Indian National ROP guidelines (2018) formally allowed imaging as the alternative method for ROP screening.
KIDROP has received several awards nationally and internationally for its innovations, including Public-Private Partnership of the Year in 2012, National Award for Excellence in HealthCare in 2016, K R Datta Award for Community Outreach in 2017, and BIRAC Innovator Award for HealthCare in 2018.
To reduce the burden of preventable infant blindness resulting from Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) through innovations in technology by making it accessible to all ‘at-risk’ infants in every neonatal care center in India and extending the service model for other causes of childhood blindness in the country and other regions of the world with similar demographics and social need.