Smile Foundation launches first mobile healthcare van for Rajasthan

eHealth BureauSmile on Wheels, a community based self-sustainable heath delivery model will operate in Jaipur in association with Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti (SRKPS) a non-government voluntary organisation engaged in developing sustainable programmes for the marginalised section especially women and children.The project will be implemented in 22 slum areas of Jaipur district. The mobile hospital unit will visit six locations – Kalakar, Bhatta, Jagatpura,Jhalana, Bagrana and Idgah, twice every week. The unit will be covering 22,400 households and a total population of over 1,12,000 in these 6 locations. For the remaining 16 slum areas, a special health camp will be organised every Sunday.Smile Foundation had established this initiative – Smile on Wheels, in 2006 to facilitate affordable, accessible and accurate health care services to the underprivileged community. The programme is also operational in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. Talking on the role of public private partnerships to cater to the needs of the society, Pabitra Banerjee, General Manager – Programmes, Smile Foundation said, “The concept of public private partnership has really helped in facilitating health care services to the door steps of underprivileged communities. With the support of our partners, our mission of making health care facilities accessible and affordable for the target communities across the country, will turn into success. With more and more partners in this programme, we can look forward to better health seeking behaviour in the country.”Stating about their objective and partnership with Smile, Ranjan Choudhary – Director, SRKPS said “We have always focused on programmes and activities that deal with rural development, educational upliftment, social awareness, welfare of women and children and better health facilities. Through Smile on Wheels programme supported by Smile Foundation, we are getting an opportunity to provide health services to slum dwellers in Jaipur district.”

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