SEWA - A CONCEPT OF SELFLESS SERVICE
In a disaster situation timely medical help and assistance is one of the primary needs.
Under the Sewa Program the Fortis Foundation recognizes this and seeks to provide and support relevant emergency medical services. The Program does this by planning, preparing and executing an organized response to disasters.
The resources available under the Sewa program are also leveraged for running Charitable Dispensaries and health camps. These initiatives help improve access to basic health services and bring awareness on health and hygiene issues amongst the public.
FCF with its available medical resources and expertise is well positioned to address a critical need in society for access to basic medical services.
Through its Charitable Dispensaries FF provides medical treatment, guidance and support to those who are unable to afford these basic healthcare facilities. They help increase the level of awareness and support early diagnoses on health issues thereby supplementing the public health infrastructure.
These dispensaries provide basic medical services in the nature of General Medical Practitioners (GP’s). Operating from fixed premises on a schedule time these dispensaries are free to the recipient.
- DISASTER RELIEF
- GOLDEN TEMPLE
- LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE
Birla Mandir, Delhi
- DURGIANA MANDIR
- SEWA HEALTH CAMPS
- Support extended during Demonetization
India has historically been vulnerable to natural disasters like floods, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides. The urgent need in such situations is timely access to emergency medical aid.
SEWA is a program that prepares for intervention in times of need by developing a ready pool of trained volunteers, creating standardized kits / detailing equipment for emergency use and leveraging a network of partnerships. The programs objective is to support efforts in ‘saving lives’ during a disaster.
Program volunteers are trained in First Aid and Basic life-support. This ensures that volunteers going into disaster affected area are equipped to handle the physical and mental traumas of the affected population. In time the objective would be to enhance the training levels for volunteers as also increase the pool, in terms of numbers, location and competency. At present we have more than 500 trained volunteers who are ready to serve at a 24 hour notice.
The Program design also accommodates for an element of preparedness revolving around Disaster Response Protocols, Equipment and Logistics. Project management skills and aligning with partners to combine resources and leverage inherent capabilities help improve impact.
OUR COVERAGE UTTARAKHAND FLASH FLOOD
Held Health Camps in Badrinath, Joshimath, Rudraprayag and Gauchar
GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR
The Dispensary treats many patients who either come to visit the Golden temple or who live in the surrounding areas. The treatment is provided totally free for the patient.
LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE (BIRLA MANDIR), DELHI
Fortis Charitable Foundation has a dispensary which was launched in March 2016. The treatment and diagnosis for any disease is done without any cost implications to it.
DURGIANA MANDIR DISPENSARY
SEWA HEALTH CAMPS
India faces numerous health concerns including fragmented health care ecosystems, high costs, inconsistent quality of care and barriers in access to healthcare facilities. In response to these challenges Fortis Foundation takes various health initiatives for the well-being of the community. The resources available under the Sewa Program are leveraged for running and supporting Health Camps. These health camps are designed to help address basis diagnostic assessments of a target group supported by a medical consult. The camps provide guidance, increase awareness and build a medical record for the recipient. Over time the findings from the SEWA health camps would help develop a robust needs assessment protocol for designing and executing specific intervention programs. A preventive health checkup camp was held at Birla Mandir clinic on 8th and 9th of Feb for Vendors outside ,and a few of our regular patients from Hindu Maha Sabha, Shops ,working women’s hostel located in near proximity of Birla Mandir. The clinical team of the clinic conceived, arranged, motivated the people, publicized and managed the camp activity with Investigations supported by SRL.
Support extended during Demonetization
On 8th November 2016, the Government of India announced demonetisation of Rupee 500 & 1000 currency notes. The impact of the demonetization exercise was significant and touched all. Considering the national level impact, the SEWA program swung into action on 17th November 2016 to help people standing in lines at ATM’s/ bank Branches.
Over 600 volunteers from 28 Fortis hospitals provided relief to over 1,80,000 people standing in long queues across the country. The volunteers provided water, biscuits and basic medical aid. Their efforts were widely appreciated.
Watch what the team has to say on the scope of work, ground covered and their journey so far.
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