India – Smile Foundation launches 1st Mobile Health Care Van for Rajasthan
Smile Foundation launched its mobile hospital programme ‘Smile on Wheels‘ in Jaipur today. The newest mobile hospital was flagged off by Shri B.N.Sharma, the Hon’ble Principle Secretary-Health , from the Health ministry premises . This is the 10th mobile hospital in the Smile on Wheels programme. With this new unit the programme will be covering a population of 8,98,667 in 126 slums and villages across India.
New Delhi, Delhi, August 16, 2010 /India PRwire/ — Smile on Wheels is a community based self-sustainable heath delivery model. It 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 marginalized section especially women and children.
The project will be implemented in 22 slum areas of Jaipur district. The mobile hospital unit will visit 6 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.
In India we have a neonatal mortality rate of 70; 40% of the children under 5 years of age are malnourished and just 50% of the children receive complete recommended immunization. There are more than 1 million deaths in India annually, because of respiratory infections and preventive diseases like diahorrea, malaria and cholera, especially among the poorer sections of the society.
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.