According to Union Ministry of Health and Welfare Data, Healthcare sector in India is facing acute shortage of trained professionals. There has been a shortage of 2 lakh paramedics in the country till 2015.
Addressing the national concern, while working towards social issues such as women empowerment and healthcare in rural India, Apollo Munich Health Insurance has launched its flagship initiative ROSHINI with a purpose of ‘Making India Health Confident’. Under this initiative, the organisation along with Apollo Medskills Limited aims to impart free paramedic education to around 10,000 underprivileged women across semi-urban India. The program, with a special focus on women and girl child, aims to empower them with equal opportunities to be skilled and financially independent.
“A woman is the architect of a society; whose financial independence and skill development are the need of the hour. To make that happen, we have blended the task of empowering women from financially and socially weaker sections of society with our call to ‘Make India Health Confident’ and embrace the task of empowering them. Our program, Roshini is an endeavour to illuminate their lives and provide them a source of livelihood,” said Antony Jacob, CEO, Apollo Munich Health Insurance. “We aspire to help women become a General Duty Assistant and make a difference in lives of millions of people by their service. Although, it’s a drop in the ocean, I am confident that this program will bring sea change in bridging the demand and supply of paramedical workforce in the country, a key issue in the health care sector, and cheer and encourage women to a journey of self-reliant.” Jacob further added.
Traditionally, in a patriarchal society like India, women’s contribution is often undermined. Additionally, gender inequalities in many critical spheres such as education, health, employment and income are forming injustice to women as they lower their well-being, and curtail economic growth and its associated benefits. Programs like Roshini acts as guiding light for for future that helps in bringing a change in the society.
This initiative will not only address the issue of women empowerment by imparting new skills to women, to enable them to take control of their lives, but also add skilled people in the ever-demanding healthcare industry of India.
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