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CSR Initiatives to enhance healthcare in Aspirational Districts of Maharashtra

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Piramal Foundation and KEM - MoU
 
Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group, Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM) with the support of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have joined hands to address the healthcare needs of aspirational districts in Maharashtra. The knowledge partnership’s aim, as outlined in a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), is to enhance the well-being of 28 lakh tribal residents in these districts.
The initiative will commence in Palghar district, affecting over 68 % of the tribal population residing there, with plans to expand learnings to other districts. The program aims to annually improve health indicators by 6-8%, addressing issues such as malnutrition, mother and child health, anemia, and tuberculosis among tribal populations.
The collaborative effort will focus on enhancing therapeutic and preventive aspects of disease management. KEM Hospital will provide technical support to Piramal Foundation, under its Aspirational Bharat Collaborative program, including teleconsultation diagnostic support and capacity building training for frontline health workers in the targeted districts. Furthermore, the program aims to boost healthcare capabilities by providing training workshops for district-level health staff, tribal healers, and medical students volunteers. Health department staff will be trained to address various health issues. Tribal healers will receive training in primary healthcare, recognizing their vital role in tribal communities. The program also plans to create a joint curriculum for medical students to volunteer, learn, and teach in Maharashtra’s Aspirational Districts through a fellowship programme, promoting knowledge sharing and community service. 
Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Group commented, “At Piramal Foundation, our central mission is focused on improving the well-being of underserved communities. We achieve this by strengthening Government systems and leveraging the energy and dedication of young individuals inspired by the principle of selfless service, known as ‘Sewa Bhaav.’ This collaboration with Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM), supported by the BMC, signifies our joint commitment to empower tribal communities throughout the state. Through a formal partnership, we aim to enhance healthcare services and demonstrate our dedication to creating a positive impact, while remaining true to our core philosophy of ‘Doing well and doing good.’
Dr Sangeeta Ravat – Dean of KEM Hospital & Seth G. S. Medical College, “This partnership with Piramal Foundation, KEM Hospital in support of BMC offers a transformative path for healthcare. It is a convergence of expertise and resources with the common goal of improving health outcomes in underserved districts. This partnership promises to be a beacon of progress, benefitting the targeted communities and setting a commendable example for the broader healthcare landscape.”
 KEM Hospital will also provide clinical support through its Telemedicine wing, offer therapeutic and preventive guidelines, and conduct research and documentation of health interventions. The partnership also focuses on digitisation initiatives, such as Electronic Health Records (EHR), a Command and Control Centre (CCC), and enhancing the digital capacity of frontline workers.
The program’s comprehensive agenda includes establishing VHSND sites, Anemia Mukt Abhiyaan, Tuberculosis-Free initiatives, improving child and maternal health, addressing malnutrition and non-communicable diseases, conducting health camps, and implementing school health programs.
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