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Aarogya – healthcare initiative

Aarogya – Health

Tata Motors has focused on combating malnutrition in children under five years of age and providing safe drinking water especially in drought prone tribal hamlets/habitations. Tata Motors enables an ecosystem that will sustain good health. These interventions include creating awareness on health, bringing about positive attitudinal and behavioural change in communities, strengthening the institutional delivery mechanism, creating public infrastructure like provision of safe drinking water and better sanitation facilities.

The company has created a strong cadre of community health workers who provide basic service at their doorstep. In Pune, Jamshedpur and Lucknow, the mobile medical van ferries the neighbourhood on a regular basis and has arrested many health issues. As a result, the number of patients availing the services have reduced over time.

Apart from providing supplementary diet and supplements to malnourished children, efforts are directed to work on preventive measures like enabling behavioural changes in communities, especially young mothers and parents through awareness sessions, providing antenatal and post-natal services. Added to these interventions are the curative health care services wherein the communities are serviced through diagnosis, administration of generic medicines and consultations.

Tata Motors has focused on combating malnutrition in children under five years of age and providing safe drinking water especially in drought prone tribal hamlets/habitations.

The story in numbers

  • 3,81,437
    Lives Touched
  • 3,086
    Addressing Malnutrition
  • 74,606
    Health Awareness
  • 3,03,745
    Preventive and Curative Health

Project Comal – Combatting Malnutrition through Community based approach

Team Pune started working in Kalakhak slum area, which had nearly 55% of the population hailing from SC/ST background. Basis of the high level of vulnerability of its residents, it started the malnutrition project with Snehdeep Jankalyan Foundation and Sneha Foundation. Inadequate water and sanitation facilities coupled with migrant population base yielded limited results.

One of the hallmarks of the intervention has been that women from the community have volunteered to encourage others to participate in the programme. Shopkeepers selling junk food have discarded it from their shelves and have replaced them with nutritious food. They nudge the children to exercise better food practices. Apart from this, strengthening the institutional mechanism is key to the success of this programme. The team organizes capacity-building workshops for the ICDS personnel and equips the infrastructure of anganwadi for better services.

Kitchen Garden – Reviving the practice of kitchen garden in tribal families improved the health status of malnourished children

Improvising on various models to address malnutrition, Tata Motors in partnership with Thane based NGO called Prasad Chikitsa experimented with revival of the traditional practice of maintaining a garden along with supplementary diet to families that had malnourished children. The family members were trained on scientific cultivation methods with improved variety (10 varieties) of seeds on a plot measuring one hundred square metre area. This simple intervention had far-reaching impacts.

Leprosy – Cure and Rehabilitation

Tata Motors has been working significantly towards eradication of leprosy in areas around Jamshedpur. We have our own in-house facility “Antyodaya Ashram” working towards eradication and rehabilitation of those contracted with leprosy. Every year, the CSR team surveys over 30000 households across Potka, Golmuri, Jugsalai and Dhalbhum sub-division of East Singhbhum, Jharkhand. It has contributed deeply in improving the quality of life of the leprosy affected through continuous health initiatives and providing indoor facilities to the patients every year.

 

 

Malnutrition Treatment Centre

Tata Motors has institutionalized an in-house malnutrition facility to combat malnutrition in East Singhbhum in collaboration with the Government of Jharkhand. Tata Motors led to institute a state of the art Malnutrition Treatment Center (MTC). The admission, treatment, preparation of feed, methodology of feeding and hygiene, discharge and follow up treatments are maintained as per WHO protocol. The average stay of a child for treatment ranges from a minimum of 15 days to 20 days depending on the severity of the malnutrition.

Mothers are oriented and demonstrated on kangaroo care, hygiene, preparation of therapeutic and supplementary feed and exclusive breast feeding. During the stay the mothers are paid a daily wage compensation, free healthy meals and after discharge called upon for four follow up visits so that the child does not regress. Looking at its effectiveness, the government has replicated this model across the state.

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