Malnourishment among children can hamper brain development, which could lead to long-term negative impact on health, physical and mental development, as well as overall wellbeing. Tata Motors has taken several steps to address such concerns. We run a malnutrition treatment centre at Jamshedpur where severely malnourished infants and children are medically treated for three weeks so that they achieve normal health as per WHO protocols. At the company’s other locations, nutritious food is provided to Anganwadi children in nearby rural and urban slum communities. We also deploy information, education and communication campaigns in partnership with competent, reputed non-profit agencies and experts.
The spectrum of preventive and curative interventions of Tata Motors includes dealing with leprosy, tuberculosis, HIV/ AIDS, malaria, waterborne diseases, etc. At Jamshedpur and Lucknow, this project has been deployed for decades through Tata Motors own societies. At other locations, we partner with recognised non-profits and government hospitals to deliver health care services. In general, the pressing health care needs of communities proximate to our plants and offices determine the kind of interventions under this CSR project.
The ideal nurse-patient ratio stands at 1 nurse for every 500 people. India faces a shortage of 2.5 million nurses. Our programme aims to fill this gap. Majority of the requests for bedside attendants come from families who want a full-time caretaker for geriatrics. Tata Motors acted on this insight and in partnership with Wockhardt Health, we developed a course for General Duty Assistant. The infrastructural support to students for training in the form of laboratory, classroom furniture and scholarships has been facilitated by us. After completion of this course, students can offer their services at hospitals, nursing homes and at private homes.