London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine alumnus Dr Rajesh Babu Bhatchala visited the UK this month for a series of events held to celebrate the winners of the British Council’s 2015 Education UK Alumni Awards. The awards honour outstanding success in entrepreneurship, professional achievement and social impact by alumni from India, mainland China and the USA who have graduated from UK higher education institutions within the last 10 years.
Dr Bhatchala, who holds an MSc in Community Eye Health from the School, was presented with the Social Impact Award earlier this year which recognised his work providing affordable eye care in India. As part of the award prize, the Alumni award winners visited the UK this week where they attended a celebratory reception, networked with key contacts and returned to their respective educational institutions. Dr Bhatchala visited the School this week for tea and cake with staff and students from the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), including Professor of International Eye Health and ICEH’s Co-Director, Clare Gilbert.
After graduating from the School in 2009, Dr Bhatchala founded Drishti Vision for Life, a social impact enterprise that provides affordable eye care in under-served markets. He established a district hospital in the rural Bangalore and Chickaballapur District and a new centre in Channapatna district opened in January 2015. Drishti Vision for Life plans to open centres across a further six districts in India.
Main photo: Dr Bhatchala with ICEH’s Professor Clare Gilbert
Inset photo: Dr Bhatchala with staff & students from the School
Photo credits: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine