World Health Day 2021: Top CSR Projects for Healthcare in India – The CSR Journal
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.
For a year now, the world has been struggling to overcome the crisis caused because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The relevance of the day and the need for taking proactive measures to maintain health, improve healthcare systems and infrastructures has never been more evident than now. To highlight this, the World Health Organization has declared the theme of the World Health Day 2021 as: ‘Building a fairer, healthier world.’
On the occasion of World Health Day 2021, Dr Sudhir P. Srivastav MD, and Founder of SS Innovations said, “Many countries around the world have multiple tier healthcare systems where geographical access and cost determine the level of care they receive. The highest level of healthcare ought to be a right and not a privilege for the chosen based on economic considerations. In most developing economies, the majority population stays in rural areas or smaller towns with limited access to timely diagnosis and treatment. A cost-effective technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning can help improve true telediagnosis, tele-treatment, and telesurgery utilizing teleoperated robotic systems. The Governments can take initiatives to promote the manufacturing of various currently imported technology components for medical devices to make them more affordable. In India, a Government Scheme like “Ayushman Bharat” that covers healthcare insurance for over 500 Million in the country, should be covering procedures that use high-tech equipment including Robotics. This would further enhance indigenous production of such complex systems to benefit the most. As a Robotic Cardiac Surgeon, I have seen huge benefits among heart surgery patients that do not have their sternums split and recover very fast with less trauma and complications. I am committed to change the direction of surgery for most with a cost-effective surgical robotic system, starting with India but to take it globally to benefit a larger segment of the under-served patient population.”
On this World Health Day, let us look at the top CSR initiatives for health in India.
MANSI initiative by Tata Steel Limited
Lack of easy access to institutional care and low level of awareness about proper care for mothers and babies lead to high mortality among and infants in remote rural areas. With an aim to address the same, Tata Steel Limited launched its initiative ‘MANSI’ (Maternal & Newborn Survival Initiative) which reduces mortality among neonates and infants by enhancing the capacity of Government health volunteers (ASHAs/Sahiyas) in the Home Based Newborn Care (HBNC) system.
Tata Steel, the National Health Mission (NHM), American India Foundation (AIF) and the Society for Education Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) – the pioneer of HBNC in India – have collaborated for the implementation of this project in public-private partnership. The project is being implemented in 12 blocks across Jharkhand and Odisha. The project has been successful in reducing the Neonatal Mortality Rate and Infant Mortality Rate by 61 per cent and 63 per cent since the inception of the project.
Healthcare Initiatives by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation…