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  • KIDROP website was launched on 23rd March, 2013 by Union Health Secretary, Shri. Keshav Desiraju during the launch of the FOREVER program at Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore.

  • 25,000th baby's name being entered in the KIDROP register !!!

  • Great news!! Rajasthan Govt signed the MOU with KIDROP

  • KIDROP wins the prestigious "Innovation in Health Care through PPP" popular choice award on November 15th, 2012 at the e-India awards.

  • Dr. Anand Vinekar, received the BEST POSTER at the 3rd World ROP Congress, Shanghai, China, October 14-16th, 2012.
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About Us  
Vision Statement:  
To reduce preventable and avoidable infant blindness using technology and passion  
Mission Statement:  
We at KIDROP are committed to creating, employing and continuously improving infant eye screening to detect and manage potentially blinding conditions using imaging and its customized analysis, on-site and remotely using the vehicle of Tele-medicine, to provide rapid and accurate algorithms of clinical care and research insights for the betterment of our tiny patients.
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.
What is KIDROP?  
KIDROP is India’s first (2008) and now the world’s largest Tele-medicine network to tackle infant blindness from Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).  
Using cutting edge technology, an award winning, indigenously developed, customized tele-Ophthalmology platform, KIDROP screens the retinae (the nerve of the eye, which lies at the back) of babies a few days old in their rural hospitals, provides remote diagnosis of these images by experts and provides for treatment of these babies in the periphery without the need for these babies to travel to the city. All this is achieved by a team of specially trained non doctors, obviating the need of the specialist in the rural areas.  
The major focus of the project is to prevent blindness from a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), the leading cause of infant blindness worldwide. In India, two million are at risk each year.  
Narayana Nethralaya Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology is ranked as one of the top 5 eye hospitals in the country and pioneered KIDROP in 2008 under the leadership of Dr. Anand Vinekar. Owing to the pilot success of the program, KIDROP became a Public Private Partnership (PPP) since 2009 in collaboration with the National Rural Health Mission, Min. of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka.  
KIDROP is now poised for an All- India expansion. Training and implementation has already begun in other states.  
Why was the project started?  
This Tele-ROP project was started owing to the grave lack of specialists in the remote and rural areas.  
To create a network using tele-medicine to prevent, screen and treat infant blindness in rural infants who lack access to care with a focus on a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (leading cause of infant blindness worldwide), that is replicable and scalable to expand to all levels of health care throughout the country.
Target Group: Premature infants and / or low-birth weight infant
KIDROP tenets:  
It is based on the “Triple T” philosophy: Tele-ROP, Training of peripheral Ophthalmologists and Ophthalmic Assistants, and Talking to Neonatologists, Pediatricians and Gynecologists.  
How does it work?  
KIDROP has trained technicians to screen infants in the peripheral centres (where no specialists exist) using the Retcam Shuttle (Clarity MSI, USA) and store, read, analyse, grade and upload these images from the rural centre itself using an indigenously developed internet based PACS system which also delivers these images live to the remote expert on his or her iPhone or PC or iPad and receives live reports delivered through the internet based server for the technician to read and provide.  
Geographical Reach within India:  
The pilot project initiated in 2008 started with 5 centres. In the first quarter of 2011, KIDROP has grown to screen in 25 centres spread across the southern 6 districts of Karnataka State in Southern India. Most of these are in the rural or semi-urban centres. All of them did not have ROP screening prior to being included. Since 2009, the project has partnered with the National Rural Health Mission, Min. of Health and Family Welfare. By the end of the third quarter of 2012, 18 districts in Karnataka have been included and currently over 81 hospitals are being screened by 3 teams in different geographical zones of the state. The entire state is to be included in 2 more zones by 2014. The model has also been replicated in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat with the assistance of the KIDROP team. In March 2013 a team from Rajastan has initiated training in Bangalore.  
Geographical Reach outside India:  
Countries that have shown interest in the KIDROP model and are at various stages of collaboration include Thailand, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, South Africa and Brazil.  
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