INDIACSR News Network
MUMBAI: Smile Foundation, a national level development organization in alliance with Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation, launched its Mobile Hospital Programme, Smile on Wheels for Mumbai on 22 October 2013. Smile on Wheels was flagged off by talented actress Sonakshi Sinha. Shyamashis Bhattacharya along with his wife Mrs Neelima Bajpai from Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation handed over the key to Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer of Smile Foundation.
Speaking on the launch Mr. Shyamashis Bhattacharya Trustee, Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation said, “The city has advanced healthcare services but these remain inaccessible to the slum population as many of the ailments remain untreated. As a socially responsible organization Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation aims to fill this gap through Smile on Wheels for the underprivileged population. We are happy to be associated with Smile Foundation to promote primary healthcare services in the slums of Mumbai. Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation is sure the success of this innovative healthcare programme of Smile Foundation.”
Supporting the noble cause with her sweet smile and full enthusiasm Bollywood star Sonaskhi Sinha said, “Good health is a basic human right and sadly its one the most neglected thing in today’s world. I am really pleased to associate with Smile Foundation’s new initiative, Smile on Wheels mobile hospital. I am sure Smile on Wheels mobile hospital has proved to be a beautiful Diwali gift for the deserving communities in Mumbai bringing good health, survival and hope. I applaude the efforts of Smile Foundation for bringing best possible healthcare to the doorsteps of those who need it the most in the city of Mumbai”
“Smile on Wheels mobile hospital programme in Mumbai aims to provide affordable and advanced primary health care service to the disadvantaged population residing in slum clusters. Special focus will be given to underprivileged women and children along with daily wage labourers working in and around the area. Smile on Wheels will provide preventive, and curative services through an efficient and cost effective health delivery system at their doorsteps, besides promoting health seeking behaviour amongst them. We appreciate the support from Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation which helped us bring Smile on Wheels to Mumbai,” said Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, Smile Foundation.
Smile on Wheels provides preventive and curative healthcare services to the underprivileged women and children at their doorsteps. It is equipped with latest medical equipments and a medical team. Audio-visual equipment is also in place inside the mobile unit to spread awareness about issues regarding health and hygiene in the community. Smile on Wheels in Mumbai will begin its services in the areas of Andheri, Malwani, Kalina, Vakhola, Dindoshi, Khardanda, Behramnagar Khar, Hanuman Takeri and Film City reaching out to 10,000 beneficiaries in a year.
Smile on Wheels
Smile on Wheels is a national level mobile hospital programme taking curative, preventive and promotive healthcare to the doorsteps of urban poor and underserved villagers benefitting 231,000 lives directly in a year through 19 projects in 265 remote villages and urban slums across India.The mobile hospital is equipped with latest medical equipments and competent medical staff comprising of project coordinator, Doctor, Lab technician, Nurse, Community Mobilizer and Driver.
Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation reaching out to more than 300,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.
Shakuntalam Charitable Trust
With a deep rooted belief on the imperative need of fulfilling the social responsibility towards the weaker sections of the society, Shakuntalam Charitable Trust has been formed in 2012. Understanding the holistic structure of the society comprising of the various economical groups among which some are not so fortunate with resources to fulfill their absolute or even basic requirements; the trust aims to emerge as a dependable and trusted resource for those sections catering to their various wants and needs. The trust follows the noble belief that ‘part of whatever we earn, needs to be given back to the society’.