Born on 3rd January 2015 in the far-flung village of Bahraich district in UP, some 125 km from Lucknow, bordering Nepal, baby Prateeksha was abandoned by her biological mother who disappeared in the misty morning. Found by an NGO for trafficked/abused children and woman in the village, Prateeksha was brought to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) on 18th Jan’2015 for a proper check-up and Doctor’s consultation. Prateeksha was diagnosed with fluid accumulation in her chest and a large hole in her heart along with other associated complications and there is a good possibility of the child being cured provided she gets the required treatment urgently.
A born fighter, Prateeksha is undergoing conservative treatment for pneumonia in PICU and will eventually have to undergo a cardiac surgery (ventricular septal defect) for the same.
Considering the gravity of her present medical condition, Fortis Foundation requests for your financial contribution, no matter how small, towards her treatment. Every rupee will go a long way to help this unfortunate child. Think of her as one of your own and contribute generously. Please also forward this to your friends and relatives who may wish to contribute. Every rupee counts.
On 8th January 2014, Doctors at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon bid an affectionate farewell to two-year-old Baby Roona Begum, as her family returned to their village in Tripura. Roona, who is suffering from hydrocephalus, underwent her follow-up surgery during her second visit to FMRI, bringing down her head circumference to 57 cm, from an unprecedented 94 cm. Treating Surgeon and Director, Neurosurgery, Dr Sandeep Vaishya, FMRI, said, “Roona’s health has shown a marked improvement over the last few months and in particular since her last surgery. When she came to us for the second time in November last year, she was able to move her head from side to side. With her last procedure, she is now able to sleep on her belly, eliminating the added complication of painful bed sores. She is taking slow but sure steps towards recovery.”
Fortis Foundation supported the awareness campaign of Cankids…Kidscan, - a pan India NGO and family support group, supporting children with cancer and their families. The Foundation was one of its awareness partners for the 12th INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER DAY (ICCD) held on 15th February, 2013. This was followed by a month long awareness drive across numerous hospitals in the country. Apart from providing services to children with cancer and their families, Cankids...Kidscan spreads awareness through different avenues of the central message that Childhood Cancer is curable. The theme this year is “Love Cures Cancer” and the focus for this year in consonance with the international bodies for Childhood Cancer SIOP –ICCCPO is “Early Detection Saves Lives”.This campaign was supported by many pediatric cancer units and also 26 Fortis Facilities in 10 states for over 30 days from Feb 15th to March 15th 2013 to help spread the message and create awareness that childhood cancer is curable when detected in time and treated properly.
In an effort to rekindle hope for underprivileged children suffering from Congenital Heart Defects (CHD), The Fortis Foundation and Being Human Foundation have come together to unveil a heart-warming initiative, "The Little Hearts Program"
The Little Hearts Program was launched on 1st May 2013 by Mr. Malvinder Mohan Singh along with Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh on behalf of the Fortis Foundation and Mr. Salman Khan, one of the most popular Bollywood actors & Founder of the Being Human Foundation. The Foundation had been set up by him to help the cause of the underprivileged with focus on healthcare and education in India.
At the time of launch 50 cases had been treated under this program. Today it has transformed & touched lives of more than 700 children across India at Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Mumbai and Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon & Fortis Hospital, Jaipur. During this year, it aims at reaching out to more than 1000 children suffering from CHD and belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society.
Hamari Beti was launched to take care of the academic expense of underprivileged girls. The programme aims at empowering these girls by providing them the means to lead a life of dignity without any discrimination. The programme was launched at Hiranandani Fortis Hospital in August 2010. Under this programme, the facility takes care of the academic expense of eight underprivileged girls from Gyan Vikas School in Koperkhairne, Vashi.
The girls were selected by the Fortis Facility Director and representatives from the school. While some of the girls are orphans, the parents of others are either working as domestic helps or auto-rickshaw drivers, living in the lesser known slums of Koperkhairne, Vashi. The facility sponsors their annual school fees, textbooks, uniforms, shoes, etc. Regular visits to the school are carried out by a team from the Facility Director''s office to check on the academic progress of the girls.
During the last interaction session, a team from the facility took them on a visit to the Kotak Mahindra Bank. The Bank Manager volunteered to explain different banking operations including opening of an account, cash deposit, withdrawals, issuance of cheque book and how to draw a cheque. The ATM operations, CCTV placement and maintenance of security at the bank were also demonstrated to them. The bank later gifted piggybanks and chocolates to these girls.
Affordable healthcare for the masses has emerged as an urgent need of the nation today. The biggest obstacle in the way of widespread health insurance is people’s inability to pay the high premium upfront. This has resulted in the skewed distribution of health insurance and services to those who, irrespective of the insurance have the ability to pay for the cost of medical treatment, while depriving those in need. In order to overcome this paradox, it is important to find new and innovative solutions that ensure that all segments of society are benefited by quality and affordable healthcare. With this in mind Fortis Foundation launched a new initiative for children and teachers with a focus on affordable healthcare
The objective of this programme is to provide a complete Health Assurance Package to students and school staff, and their families at very affordable prices. 1606 students of Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar- Phase-III are members of this scheme in the current year. Out of a total of 1606 students 1434 students have paid the subsidized premium and the rest of the students i.e. 172 who are from the economically weaker sections of society the premium has been paid from the funds of Fortis Charitable Trust.