Swades Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra in order to augment the delivery of healthcare services across the State.
Previously, its area of operation was restricted to just six blocks of the Raigad district. However, given the outstanding work of the Swades Foundation in the areas of Anaemia, Eye Care, Paediatric Care, Hygiene and Nutrition over the past three years, the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra wants it to take up this good work across the State.
The Foundation has been striving towards an anaemia free geography and can be credited with rolling out India’s biggest pilot programme on Therapeutic management of Anaemia, which was subsequently adopted by the Government. Besides anaemia, the Foundation has worked tirelessly in the areas of paediatric vision, hearing and cardiac health.
Responding to the development, Zarina Screwvala, Co-founder, Swades Foundation said, “We have a wonderful partnership with the Public Health Department of the Maharashtra Government with whom we have worked in Raigad district since 2013 on both Health & Nutrition and formalized into an MOU in 2016. With the renewal of our MoU, we hope to create the first (preventable, iron deficient) anemia free blocks and dramatically reduce SAM & MAM while creating strong community empowerment programmes to ensure sustainability. This will be a matter of great pride for all our 300+ strong team at the Swades Foundation.”
Dr Anup Kumar Yadav, Commissioner (Health Services) & Mission Director (National Health Mission), Public Health Department, Govt. of Maharashtra – India, further added, “The Public Health Department of Maharashtra is committed to the health and wellbeing of all, and realises the potential of a Public-Private Partnership to complement the efforts of the Government in delivering holistic health services. With the aim of taking this forward and encouraging NGOs’ participation, we have signed an MoU with Swades Foundation. We appreciate Swades Foundation for their work in the Raigad district, in assisting the government to counter health issues like cataract, anaemia and malnutrition. With this MoU, we expect them to extend similar services all over the State with the same conviction and commitment. I wish them luck and express our willingness to encourage such collaborations with all stakeholders who wish to support the Government in realizing its dream of making Maharashtra the healthiest state in India.”