Mumbai, Maharashtra: One of the largest asset financing companies in India Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited (STFC) a part of the Shriram Group, has provided medical care to 93,000 members of the trucker community between April-September 2022 under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program Mobile Medical Unit (MMU).
MMU has been started for the truck community and has served around 9.85 lakh beneficiaries with 85% from the truckers communitytodate since its inception in 2017. The program is driven by the National Health Mission’s (NHM) vision of ensuring that all people in the country have access to quality and affordable health care and the need for Shriram to take care of those underserved in their ecosystem.
From April to September 2022, within the span of the first 6 months of the year over 2000 camps have been conducted and 93,000 truckers have benefited from this initiative. Treating over 500 truckers on an average daily through 14 MMU’s and 1 clinic. The medical camps have been conducted in the outskirts of 14cities namely,Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Guwahati, Hooghly, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Ranchi, Silchar, Vapi and Visakhapatnam.
The truckers’ community is largely cut off from the mainstream healthcare ecosystems due to its movable nature. Shriram Transport Finance’s MMUs & Clinic provides free health checks, laboratory tests, and medicines to them.
Most of the work in healthcare has been in the area of HIV, however,STFC provides basic, crucial and essential medical facilities for the transportation community which is inaccessible due to the mobile nature of the transport industry. The MMUs offer free primary healthcare services, including free screening, diagnosis, treatment, and referral for non-communicable, communicable diseases, and minor ailments. Awareness, education, and counselling programs are also carried out during these camps.
Speaking of the medical care programme, Umesh Revankar, VC & MD, Shriram Transport Finance said, “At STFC we believe in empowering the trucker community and the medical camps will help truckers to be more mindful of their health requirements and avail medical needs while on the go. The trucker community is the lifeline of the entire infrastructure and logistics ecosystem but in the rush to move/transport goods from one place to the other, their health suffers and with that, the future of their family also gets affected. We often talk about progress in economic activity without addressing the many challenges that the trucking community faces which is why we wanted to address some of their needs through the medical camps. We are committed to the upliftment of the trucker community”.
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