The vast majority of rural population is deprived of basic medical facilities due to lack of healthcare infrastructure in these parts of the country. SBI Foundation is committed to bring about positive changes in the lives of underprivileged sections of society. We have partnered with Impact India Foundation to take free medical treatment which includes surgeries conducted for the restoration of sight, movement, hearing, correction of facial deformities and the prevention and treatment of epilepsy and dental problems, all free of cost, to the underprivileged in remote areas using world’s first state of art hospital on train “Life Line express, This year we took Life Line express to three remote locations, Goalpara in Assam, Junagarh Rd. Bhavanipatna, Kalahandi district in Odisha and Kazipet, Warangal district in Telangana. The medical services rendered are in the area of:
Distribution of aids & appliances
We distribute aids & appliances to the needy patients, train community health workers on Life Skills Education and school children are also educated on dental hygiene and oral health practices.
In Thane and Palghar Dist. Of Maharashtra, SBIF is changing lives by conducting cataract surgeries and giving back the gift of vision to over 3000 patients.
SBI Foundation has partnered with Sri Chaitanya Seva Trust to eradicate preventable blindness through cataract surgeries of rural & tribal population of Thane & Palghar districts of Maharashtra state. Under the project regulare check-up camps are conducted with the help of doctors and provides service free of cost to the identified patients in their multi-specialty hospital. Eye check-up camps are being organized in the vicinity of selected villages where patients are counseled and examined before advising for cataract surgery.
Patients from needy families are identified (more than 3000 patients), located and brought to the Bhakti Vedanta Hospital for 2 days for conducting cataract surgery. Patients are given accommodation, nursing care, medicines, eye-drops etc., all free of cost; they are also dropped back to their respective villages after the surgery is conducted. They are also given free medicines for 40 days and a pair of black glasses.
It is estimated that 500,000 people in India need kidney, liver and heart transplants, against which we do only around 8000 transplants, which barely meets 1 to 2% annual demand of organs. The supply of organs from living donors will soon peak and the only way this program will be able to grow is through deceased donors. For some organs like heart and lungs, deceased donors are the only source. Hence, there is need for augmenting deceased organ donation program in the country.
SBI foundation has started the project “Gift Hope Gift Life” - Augmenting deceased organ donation program in partnership with MOHAN Foundation which aims to address the problems like lack of awareness, lack of readiness of medical fraternity etc. and create an enabling environment for Organ donation in India.
An exclusive SBI Mohan Foundation helpline, a toll free national helpline for Organ donation is set up by MOHAN Foundation. This is for callers from pan India in 6 different languages for the purpose of dissemination of information on organ donation and transplantation.
We have also initiated organ donation program in the state of Odisha by entering into a dialogue with the Health Ministry. With the support from the ministry, stakeholders meetings are planned to be organized for rolling out of the program. We will also initiate public education in the major cities in the state as well as hospital counselling programme in government hospitals. We will work closely with the government to help frame relevant government orders (GOs) that will facilitate organ donation and create an environment to augment organ donation in the state.
We will also conduct training of transplant coordinators, intensivists, and young surgeons in the area of organ donation, organ retrieval and storage. In addition, volunteers will be trained as “Angels of Change” to spread awareness on organ donation.
The project will create awareness through our social media platforms and dissemination of knowledge through the Helpline, pledging of Organs by public and SBI Employees (2.5 lac employees), train number of Coordinators, Intensivist, surgeons and Volunteers to facilitate organ donation. It will help the entire country at large.
In today’s world, cancer has gained recognition as a serious health problem. The incidence of cancer in India is 70-90 per 1,00,000 population. More than 70% of cases are in advanced stages accounting for poor survival and high mortality. ‘Cancer Is Curable, when detected Early’ but in India 60-80% of cancer cases in India are diagnosed late and 60% patients do not have access to quality treatment because of low income.
SBI Foundation is supporting treatment of 100-120 underprivileged cancer patients from the states of J&K, Northeast, Dadara & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab and Rajasthan. These States and Union Territories have remote localities which are lacking in good healthcare facilities.
This intervention is carried out jointly with Indian Cancer Society across the country through tie-ups with various hospitals.
The majority of population in rural India is deprived of primary healthcare facilities due to lack of accessibility. Delivering quality primary health care to large populations is always challenging and that is certainly the case in India. Communicable diseases, maternal and nutritional deficiencies continue to be important causes of deaths.
This can be addressed using modern technology and innovative approaches. Providing medical services through Mobile Medical Vans is proved as effective model in remote areas. Keeping this in view, SBI Foundation has introduced SBI Sanjeevani, ‘Clinic on Wheels’ Mobile medical van, with Bhavishya Bharat NGO, which is equipped with state-of-the-art multispecialty healthcare facilities at the door step of remote rural communities.
Stringent systems and processes are followed in implementing this project to ensure that good quality primary healthcare services are catered to marginalized communities. About 50000 rural populations from the selected 25 villages of Ravong and Namche blocks of South Sikkim District will be benefited with this initiative.
Palliative care is fundamental to health and human dignity and is a basic human right. The WHO (World Health Organization) defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
At present Palliative Care reaches only 1% of those requiring end-of-life cares. Patients suffering from advanced illnesses face distressing symptoms which are not limited to just the physical such as pain, fatigue, inability to eat and drink sleeplessness etc. They also suffer tremendously from emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and interpersonal turmoil that debilitates them.
In the field of palliative care, SBI Foundation is working with DEAN Foundation for the project SBI- Anugraha ‘Home Based Hospice & Palliative Care’. Through this project, SBI Foundation is supporting for hospice and palliative healthcare services to around 10,000 patients of Karamadai block of Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu State.
A number of children develop congenital hearing loss from birth and speech loss as after-effect of hearing impairment. To bring such children to normal stream of life by implantation of Cochlear Implant, SBI has started a project for giving the gift of hearing and speech for 50 children in West Bengal.
SBI Foundation has identified 50 hearing impaired children from West Bengal in the wait list for cochlear implant surgery. There are more children in the wait list from other states and based on the success of this project, SBI Foundation can scale up this project at national level in the coming years. This cochlear implant surgery would help the children born with impairment to listen and speak.
SBI Foundation implements Project SBI Project Sishu Raksha to curtail infant mortality & morbidity rates by providing complete health to toe health screening to 500 children in Kovur village and urban slums of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. The project identifies deformities/diseases in children and provides required follow up treatment to the identified children through RICH Hospitals.
Living in jail is not easy and the condition of the jails leads to depression and negative impact on the health of inmates. To prevent and timely detect health issues among the female jail inmates, a comprehensive Health check-upcamp for 130 Female inmates of Byculla Jail, Mumbai was conducted. The details of the findings were shared with the Jail authorities for taking necessary steps.
Having access to sanitation is basic human right, yet majority of population in India suffer on daily basis due to lack of access to toilets. Absence of toilets leads to open defecation with untreated human waste, posing serious risk to health. India is known as religious country around 60% of religious places do not have sufficient toilet facilities. This causes serious health & hygiene issues. In the past few years, due to increased accessibility and improvement in transport infrastructure, pilgrim centres have seen phenomenal increase in the number of pilgrims.
Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math has great religious and historic importance and It draws crowds on festive occasions. In such a case, providing basic facilities especially sanitation facilities to visitors is a necessary requirement.
SBI Foundation has partnered with Ramakrishna Mission and started the construction of toilet block comprising of approx. 203 toilets at new Pilgrims Abode at Belur Math, Kolkata.