Anglia Ruskin University Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness and Prevention Programme (ARUDRAPP)

Professor Shahina Pardhan

Diabetic Retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes which can lead to blindness. In the Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERI) we are committed to reducing the risk of diabetes-related blindness.

South Asian communities are at a higher risk of diabetic retinopathy. The risk of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy can be reduced by good control of diabetes and uptake of regular retinal screening.

Research by Professor Pardhan (right) and her team has shown that Asian patients from the UK, Nepal, India, Thailand and China who are most at risk of blindness also have poor knowledge of how to control diabetes and do not attend regular retinal screening.

We are working with several organisations to tackle this high risk of diabetic retinopathy in different parts of the world. Working with local communities, hospitals and non-government organisations we have developed strategies to improve the control of diabetes at grassroots levels. These have been delivered through culturally appropriate diabetic training workshops, leaflets in local languages and improved clinical care by eye care professionals. We have developed culturally-appropriate training videos and awareness programmes in different languages such as Urdu, Hindi, Nepali and Chinese.

Professor Shahina Pardhan - Director, Vision and Eye Research Institute
Dr Raju Sapkota - Senior Research Fellow, Vision and Eye Research Institute

Our collaborators






Our outreach programmes

VERI runs workshops in the UK and around the globe to improve awareness of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.

Programmes in the UK

Programmes in Nepal

Programmes in India

Programmes in China

Programmes in Thailand


A full list of VERI publications, including on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, can be found on our publications page.