Dr V.K. Raju - Prevention of Childhood Blindness

Dr. V. K. Raju, MD, FRCS, FACS Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, West Virginia University, spoke about the tragedy of preventable childhood blindness. Citing the profound human and socioeconomic consequences of blindness & other eye-diseases in all societies he educated the audience of the ease & feasibility of surgical operations & minor non-surgical interventions to restore sight & prevent childhood blindness. He would be a great advisor and consultant for the medical camp initiatives by Ekal. You can watch the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HBBUd2mbfo

Dr. Thakur Patel - Engineering as a tool to resolve the health problems

Dr. Thakor Patel, AAPI member and a specialist in nephrology and internal medicine started the project SEVAK in 2010

on a pilot basis in Karakhadi village. The concept of SEVAK is based on the Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) in the US Navy. Dr. Thakor Patel was associated with the US Navy for 23 years and during this period he has also served as the director of IDC. The mission of the SEVAK project is to improve access to care in rural areas of India and the works using local resources.

Dr. Thakur Patel – suggested use of engineering as a tool to resolve the health problems in India. Dr. Patel introduced many engineering concepts, such as toilets, stoves, and health diagnostic solutions. You can watch the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUrLH40SVx8


Dr. Mohammad Shahbazi is Professor of Public Health at Jackson State University and world-renowned

community health advocate. Dr. Shahbazi has been leading a group of representatives from international, national and local institutions to establish an innovative, community-centered and cost-effective primary health care system for rural Mississippi. His efforts have led to the establishment of the Community Health House Network Project, which aims to assure that under served communities receive basic health care with optimal health education and disease prevention information, to reduce health care costs and improve the health status of the people in under served communities.

Dr. Mohammed Shahbazi, spoke about the Mississippi Network of Health Houses in the Mississippi Delta region. This network not only produced impressive improvements in measures of health outcomes but also reduced the hospital re-admission rates to 4.68%, this against the national rate of 25%. The successful Iran model applied to Mississippi has produced impressive results. Under the mentorship of Dr. Shahbazi this model should be applied to Ekal Villages. Watch the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbAAFlOyzk8

Mr. Aron Heintz - Empowerment Through Education

Mr. Aron Heintz is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who develops sustainable/internet technology products and teams.

Since 2005 he has advised, mentored, or funded more than 20 successful social startups, including Earthopia. After living in a village in Nicaragua in 2006, he specialized in village-appropriate technology. He became a social entrepreneur after retiring from IPDR.org, where he presided over collaborative development by 30+ companies worldwide. Previously, as Chief Technology Officer of Sixth Sense Media, he designed and implemented their flagship product.

Aron Heintz rose to the challenge following the talk entitled “Empowerment Through Education” and enlightened the audience about his own love affair with an Apple computer as a launching point for his story. Under the guidance of Earthopia he presented the plan to bring health education videos to the village. His talk was entitled “Smart Villages "Digital India" - power to educate rural India using new technologies“. To achieve this Aron demonstrated Portronics PicoProjectors, portable battery operated projectors that can be charged with solar power. You can watch the talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etWH594nMQ8