HCL Foundation (HCLF), the CSR (corporate social responsibility) arm of HCL Technologies, supported upgradation of five community health centers to ensure improved healthcare services in Lucknow. HCLF will be supporting with medical equipment and items to strengthen quality and delivery of maternal and child healthcare services among the urban underserved communities.
This activity was conducted as part of the health vertical of HCL Uday, HCL Foundation’s flagship programme to address urban poverty and is likely to benefit about 20 lakh people collectively in the Indira Nagar, Aliganj, Chander Nagar, Aishbagh and Silver Jubilee areas in Lucknow.
This support aimed to strengthen public health operation, is part of the larger MoU (memorandum of understanding) signed in 2021 between CMO (chief medical officer) Lucknow, HCLF and health partner NGO MAMTA, Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMTA-HIMC).
The items include specific mother and child health related equipment such as newborn resuscitation kit, fetal doppler and pediatric stethoscope to more general health items such as hygrometers, condom boxes, delivery sets and curtains for privacy for each labor table to enable the CHC (community health centre) adhere to LaQshya (a quality improvement initiative in labour room & maternity OT, aimed at improving quality of care for mothers and newborn) guidelines.
The list of equipment and requirement was decided after an observational study and need assessment conducted by partner NGO, MAMTA-HIMC, in discussion with the CMO.
Strengthening of health facilities is important to ensure accessibility, affordability and availability of healthcare services to the urban poor communities. HCL Uday aims to improve health outcomes among urban poor population with focus on maternal and child healthcare and general healthcare.
To improve health of community members, HCL Foundation now only works on the supply side by strengthening health infrastructure and building capacities of healthcare workers but also works closely with communities to spread awareness and improve the uptake of healthcare services.
Talking about the initiative, Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation said, “At HCL, we believe that access to quality healthcare is a fundamental right. We are glad we can play a part in helping people, especially the urban poor communities, with better healthcare outcomes. This initiative is in line with HCL Uday – Health framework that seeks to strengthen health facilities to ensure affordable and accessible quality healthcare.”