WHY - SPECIAL LIVES
While it is impossible for any institution to take on the mammoth task of healing every person in need, Fortis Foundation is committed to treating persons with rare disorders and special needs, especially when their families cannot afford quality healthcare.
Fortis Foundation is contributing to the wellness of society one person at a time. We have treated people with rare disorders and special needs.36
In a developing country like India with a large vulnerable population, well-being of the society and its people depends heavily on voluntary acts of social good. There is a need for socially responsible citizens as well as corporate social responsibility Programs to step up and make a difference, in case of specific targeted interventions as well as on an ongoing basis. This also helps volunteers gain a social perspective, understand ground level issues, and grow and mature as responsible members of the society.Explore
Why Acid attack Survivors (AAS)
In the last decade, statistics in India are showing an increasing incidence of acid attacks, especially targeted at women. The total unofficial number of cases estimated for the past year are 4800. There is a lack of understanding of the complex aftermaths of trauma that a women faces – which goes beyond the physical pain caused. There is limited medical expertise in providing plastic & reconstructive surgeries which may carry on for years depending on the extent of damage caused to the body. There is even less focus on providing psycho-socio care, which is as important as medical treatment.
Over the past 3 years Fortis Foundation has treated 16 Acid Attack Survivors. They have undergone 37 procedures including surgeries and laser treatments. In addition to this, they have also been provided with psychological counsel and ongoing consultations. Their treatment still continues.Explore16
A CONCEPT OF SELFLESS SERVICE
In a disaster situation timely medical help and assistance is one of the primary needs.
Under the Sewa Program the Fortis Foundation recognizes this and seeks to provide and support relevant emergency medical services. The Program does this by planning, preparing and executing an organized response to disasters.
The resources available under the Sewa program are also leveraged for running Charitable Dispensaries and health camps. These initiatives help improve access to basic health services and bring awareness on health and hygiene issues amongst the public.Explore
Support extended during Demonetization
On 8th November 2016, the Government of India announced demonetisation of Rupee 500 & 1000 currency notes. The impact of the demonetization exercise was significant and touched all. Considering the national level impact, the SEWA program swung into action on 17th November 2016 to help people standing in lines at ATM’s/ bank Branches.
Over 600 volunteers from 28 Fortis hospitals provided relief to over 1,80,000 people standing in long queues across the country. The volunteers provided water, biscuits and basic medical aid. Their efforts were widely appreciated.
Volunteers Trained (BLS/First Aid)
February 2018 : 160Explore
YTD February 2018 : 364
October 2017 : 160
YTD October 2017 : 364
YTD (2016-17) : 434
Held Health Camps in Badrinath, Joshimath, Rudraprayag and Gauchar
India has historically been vulnerable to natural disasters like floods, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides. The urgent need in such situations is timely access to emergency medical aid.
SEWA is a program that prepares for intervention in times of need by developing a ready pool of trained volunteers, creating standardized kits / detailing equipment for emergency use and leveraging a network of partnerships. The programs objective is to support efforts in ‘saving lives’ during a disaster.
Program volunteers are trained in First Aid and Basic life-support. This ensures that volunteers going into disaster affected area are equipped to handle the physical and mental traumas of the affected population. In time the objective would be to enhance the training levels for volunteers as also increase the pool, in terms of numbers, location and competency. At present we have more than 500 trained volunteers who are ready to serve at a 24 hour notice.
The Program design also accommodates for an element of preparedness revolving around Disaster Response Protocols, Equipment and Logistics. Project management skills and aligning with partners to combine resources and leverage inherent capabilities help improve impact.