Our Journey So Far

2014

Breastfeeding and its Importance

Fortis Hospital Mohali organized an awareness session on "Importance of Breastfeeding" in association with Rotary Club, Chandigarh. The session highlighted the importance of breastfeeding for a child’s immunity, healthy growth and development. A session on hand hygiene was also held in which 7 vital steps of hand washing were demonstrated. Around 70 women from different backgrounds attended this interactive session.

2013

Free treatment to another Acid Attack victim from Punjab

In a horrific acid attack which dates back to January 31, 2011; 23 year old Amanpreet Kaur of Bathinda, Punjab suffered severe burn injuries on her face when two men wearing monkey caps threw acid on her. This incident occurred while she was returning home from the beauty parlour where she worked. Police investigations revealed that one of the accused was Amanpreet's brother-in-law (her sister's husband). The woman had allegedly rejected her brother-in-law's advances and snubbed him when he tried to harass her. Angry at being insulted, her brother-in-law took revenge by throwing acid on her. Life has been agonizing for her since she has already undergone 13 surgeries and her family has utilized all its savings and sold off whatever property they owned to pay for her treatment. Under its commitment to support female acid attack victims belonging to economically weaker section, Fortis Foundation is bearing the entire expenses of her treatment (medical, surgical and psychological). Amanpreet is currently being treated at Fortis Hospital Mohali.

Fortis Foundation commits free treatment to an acid attack victim, Inderjit Kaur of Bhatinda, Punjab

Inderjit Kaur’s life was like any other normal 24 year old girl, full of dreams and aspirations however; it all changed in an instant for the worst on 8th December 2011 when Manjit, a man who wanted to marry her, threw acid on her after his marriage proposal was turned down by her family. The incident disfigured Inderjit’s face, damaged her eyesight and caused serious injuries on her neck, hands and other parts of body. She has undergone six reconstruction surgeries, is severely depressed and has become a social recluse because of loss of vision and her appearance.

Even after running from pillar to post, the family did not receive any monetary support from the Punjab government. Belonging to a poor family and having lost her father two years ago, Inderjit was unable to arrange further funds for her treatment. Fortis Foundation took up this case and has committed to bear all expenses on her treatment and psychological counseling at Fortis Hospital Mohali. The Foundation will also bear the entire expenses involved in the restoration of her vision through several surgeries in the coming months at Shankar Nethralaya in Chennai. She underwent the first eye surgery on 19th January 2013.

A PIL against the Punjab Government has also been filed on her behalf by a non-profit organization named ‘Poor Patients Relief Society’ in the High Court seeking free plastic surgery and rehabilitation of the victim. Following this the court served notice to the concerned government department and has sought its response.

The High Court was very appreciative of the unstinting support by Fortis Foundation via Fortis Hospital Mohali where her reconstructive surgeries will take place in the coming days and might go on for a few years. Acid Attack is one of the most vicious forms of gender violence. Fortis Foundation is committed to providing support to these deserving cases with the support of Fortis network facilities.

2012

Mother & Child Health Camps, Noida

Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital Noida held 2 M&CH camps in the month of December 2012 for beneficiaries of a non-profit “Vidya and Child”. This Noida based NGO works in the area of educating children belonging to socio-economically marginalized sections of society, majority of them have parents who are illiterate/ semi-literate and work as domestic servants, daily wage laborers, industrial workers, rickshaw-pullers and street vendors. The first camp was held at village Sahpur, Sector 130, noida expressway and the second camp was held at Harijan Basti in Sector 37. At present these areas completely lack healthcare facilities and locals are entirely dependent on untrained medical practitioners and even on black magic. Both these camps catered to 205 children and their mothers. The children, mainly found suffering from malnutrition and general protein deficiencies were provided with a thorough check-up by the team of doctors and nurses from the facility.

Mother and Child Heath Camps in Chandigarh

With continued support from our network facilities, Fortis Foundation is committed to provide access to healthcare facilities to the underprivileged wherever practically and logistically possible. In October, Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital Mohali initiated a series of seven Mother & Child Health camps through a non-profit organization Vatsal Chhaya, which has been working in the field of providing educational and vocational training to underprivileged women and children in and around Chandigarh.

The first camp of the series was held in October at the second largest slum (colony No. 4) and the second one in November 2012 at Bapu Dham in Chandigarh. Besides providing thorough medical checkup to children and their mothers, the services at the camp also included hemoglobin testing and distribution of basic medicines. Over 250 children and their mothers benefitted from these camps most of whom were found to be suffering from anemia, malnutrition and respiratory tract infections. 5 more camps will be organized till March next year.

Breastfeeding and its Importance

Fortis Hospital Mohali organized an awareness session on "Importance of Breastfeeding" in association with Rotary Club, Chandigarh. The session highlighted the importance of breastfeeding for a child’s immunity, healthy growth and development. A session on hand hygiene was also held in which 7 vital steps of hand washing were demonstrated. Around 70 women from different backgrounds attended this interactive session.

Door to Door awareness on Mother & Child Health concerns

Nurses from Fortis Faridabad, organized a door to door awareness drive in village Mohna to create awareness on the critical health concerns of a mother and child health. This village is situated at a distance of 35 kms from the facility. The Nurses visited each house and explained about the importance of breastfeeding, immunization, institutional deliveries, personal hygiene and infection control to expectant mothers and their family members. They also responded to various queries from the villagers and how best they can do to avoid any mother & child health related complications.

Fortis Foundation in association with PVR Nest (philanthropic arm of PVR Ltd) conducts health camps

The Foundation with support from five Delhi based Fortis Network facilities (Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, Fortis La Femme and Fortis Jessa Ram) came forward and became the ‘Overall Health Partner’ of PVR Nest for the year 2011-12.Through this partnership the facilities organized 18 health camps over a period of 9 months, which catered to hundreds of children and their mothers. Teams from the facilities visited these locations, provided medical check-ups, free basic medicines and delivered awareness talks related to the health of a mother and child.

The first camp under this partnership was held on 19th July by Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj for the beneficiaries of PVR Nest’s School Life programme in Kusumpur Pahari in Vasant Vihar. The second camp was organized by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on 20th July at Literacy India centre, Saket for the children attending their School Life & Childscapes programs.

The third camp was held on 11th August by Fortis Jessa Ram hospital, Karol Bagh at Vasant Vihar and the fourth camp was organized by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on17th August at Literacy India centre, Saket.

The fifth camp was conducted on 15th September by Fortis La Femme in Little Ones Public School in Saidulajab, Saket. A paediatrician conducted a medical checkup of around 90 children and free basic medicines were distributed for stomach ailments, general weakness and anaemia, cough and colds, diarrhoea, fever and other complaints. Children with headaches were referred to optometrist for getting their vision checked. A dietician also gave a talk to mothers of the students on nutritional needs of a growing child.

The sixth camp was held on 23rd September at Green Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari by Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh for 75 beneficiaries of PVR Nest’s Childscapes program. These children go daily to PVR complexes and are mainly engaged in activities like rag picking, begging, shining shoes and doing odd jobs for earning their living.

The seventh camp was conducted by Fortis Jessa Ram hospital on 14th October at Literacy India centre, Saidulajab. Around 70 children between 8-13 years attended the camp. The children were also given tips on maintaining hygiene and following best nutritional practices.

The eighth camp was held on 18th October by Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall hospital, Vasant Kunj at Green Field Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar. 40 children along with their mothers attended the camp.

The ninth camp was held by Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on 11th November 2011 at Green Field Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar. Around 45 children from PVR Nest’s school life and bridge course were screened for various ailments and given free basic medicines wherever necessary.

The tenth camp was held at Literacy India centre ,Saidullajab, Saket on 17th November by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla . 60 children from PVR Nest’s school life ,bridge course and childscapes program benefitted from the camp.

The eleventh camp was held at Literacy India’s Saidulajab centre at Saket on December 16th 2011 by Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital. The twelveth camp was held on December 20th 2011 at Literacy India’s tuition centre at Vasant Vihar by Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall hospital, Vasant Kunj. These 2 camps catered to 114 children and their mothers.

In the month of January 2012, two more health camps in association with PVR Nest (philanthropic arm of PVR Cinemas Ltd.) were held at Literacy India Centre at Saidulajab, Saket on 19th January by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and at Green Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar on 20th January by Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. These camps catered to 108 children and their mothers.

In the month of February 2012, two more health camps in association with PVR Nest were held at Literacy India Centre, Saidulajab,Saket on 13th February by Fortis Jessa Ram hospital and at Literacy India’s tuition centre at Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar on 21st February by Fortis Ft Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj. These 2 camps catered to around 100 children and their mothers.

In the month of March 2012 Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis La Femme organized a health camp for Nest beneficiaries in Childscapes, Bridge Course & School Life children at Literacy India’s Saidulajab centre at Saket. The camp was conducted with 56 children and their mothers.

The partnership between Fortis Foundation and PVR-Nest was renewed in June 2012. In the year 2012-13, the Foundation will organise 10 health camps for the target children and their mothers. 2 new locations have been added this year PVR-Naraina and PVR-Vikaspuri.

Day-long Health Camp for 300 Commercial Sex Workers and their Children in Sultanpuri

Under our planned community initiative based on Mother & Child Health, Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital (Shalimar Bagh) and Drishtikon - a voluntary non-profit organization, organized a free health check camp for female Commercial Sex Workers and their children in Sultanpuri, which concentrated on health concerns of mothers and their children besides creating awareness on preventive care.

This camp was held in Sultanpuri and was attended by 300 sex workers and their children. The team from Shalimar Bagh included pediatrician, gynecologist, medical officer, dietician, nursing staff and GDAs. The sex workers, who are often given information only on HIV/AIDS/ STD, were happy to get medical services for other ailments. In particular, these mothers appreciated the opportunity of showing their children to the pediatrician. Basic Medicines were also distributed wherever required and counseling was also given to the mothers on nutritional needs of a growing child and the importance of hygiene.

2011

Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd. organises a Raffle to support Mother & Child Health Initiative of Fortis Foundation

On completing 10 years as a prominent healthcare provider in India, Fortis Healthcare (India) Limited organized a Raffle named ‘Have u a Smile to Spare’ in June 2011. This decade raffle was meant to raise funds for Fortis Foundation’s Mother and Child Health programme and also to sensitize the employees and patients of Fortis facilities towards the causes taken up by Foundation for the larger community.

About 20000 people including employees, Doctors and patients of Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd. & Fortis Hospitals Ltd. participated very actively in this raffle. Rs. 30 lacs raised through the sale of raffle tickets with generous contributions from the top management were donated to the Fortis Foundation. The final draw was held in Delhi on 13th November 2011. Foundation is indebted to Fortis Healthcare India Ltd. for sponsoring the prizes - 3 SUVs (Mahindra Scorpio) and 3 LCD Televisions.

Awareness camp for mothers on their nutritional needs at village Mauli Jagran, Mohali

On the occasion of national nutrition week Fortis Hospital Mohali, organized a rural outreach camp for the women on their nutritional needs especially of expectant and lactating mothers at village Mauli Jagran. It is important to empower the women on importance of eating a healthy diet, as they prepare meals for themselves and the whole family. A team from the department of clinical nutrition and dietetics spoke on common health problems prevailing in economically weaker section of the society such as anemia, constipation and calcium and protein deficiencies. Importance of taking milk and dairy products in daily nutritional diet was also emphasized .The camp also aimed at highlighting the benefit of a single and wholesome meal. With help of visual aids, mixing and matching of various food groups in one dish, it was shown how to modify the diets and several low cost and high nutrition recipes such as ‘bajra khichdi’, sprouts and vegetable upma and poha and all with roasted peanuts added to them were taught to the women present. There was an interactive quiz at the end of the camp and over 120 women and children benefited from the camp

Fortis Mohali observes World Breastfeeding Week

To join hands on our initiatives of changing the Mother & Child Health situation in India, Fortis Hospital in Mohali conducted a rural outreach camp during the world breastfeeding month for expecting, lactating mothers and Anganwadi workers at Kajheri village in Mohali on 12th August. Dr Swapna Mishra, a prominent consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology department of the facility, volunteered her time and delivered an awareness talk on importance of breastfeeding for the health of an infant. The multiple benefits of breastfeeding were explained to the women - how it protects an infant from diarrhoea (a major reason for infant mortality in rural India), ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections and the many long term benefits like reduced risk of asthma, allergies and some childhood cancers. The need for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infants life was also stressed upon.

Solidarity Walk by the Fortis Nurses to raise awareness on importance of immunization to commemorate International Nurses Week

On 15th May 2011, Fortis Foundation organized a solidarity walk in association with the nurses of Fortis Network Hospitals at India Gate, New Delhi. More than 550 people, including 500 nurses from 7 facilities of Fortis in Delhi/NCR (Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Fortis La Femme, Fortis Hospital Noida, Fortis Escorts Faridabad, Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital and Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh) participated in this walk. Dr. N.V. Kamat, Director, Directorate of Health Services, Government of NCT of Delhi flagged off the walk from India Gate that concluded at Jantar Mantar. This walk aimed at generating support towards the cause of creating awareness on importance of immunization amongst general population including patients within the hospitals and people in the community.

180 nurses of Fortis Escorts hospital, Jaipur organized a similar walkathon, showcasing their support to the cause of Fortis Foundation. The Hon’ble Health Minister of the state Mr. A. A. Khan flagged off the walk from his residence

Over 100 nurses of Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai organized a walkathon to create awareness on importance of immunization. The walkathon was flagged off by Dr.G.Prabhakaran, senior consultant pediatrician in Fortis Malar.

Fortis Hospital Mohali conducts medical check-up for 100 mothers and their children at Roshni Institute

As part of its efforts to increase societal awareness to alleviate health related issues faced by women and children Fortis Mohali organized a camp at Roshni institute, an adult Literacy Centre run by Rotary Club, Chandigarh on December 21st 2011. A dietician from the facility educated mothers present about common health problems such as anemia, constipation and protein & calcium deficiency prevalent in economically backward classes. Medical check-ups included an oral examination, eye check-up, BP and ENT examination and medicines were dispensed wherever required. After the check-up calcium and folic acid tablets were distributed to the mothers and refreshments were given to the children. Over 100 women benefitted from the camp.

Fortis Hospital Mohali conducts eye and health checkup up camps on the occasion of World Blindness Awareness Month

Fortis Mohali in association with CII Chandigarh organized 2 camps for the underprivileged, one at YTTS centre ( Youth Technical Training Society) in Bhaskar Colony, sector 25, Chandigarh on October 11th and the second at YTTS centre in Maulijagran village on October 12th. Around 350 women and children attended the camp and underwent an eye check up, ENT examination and B.P check.

Fortis La Femme in association with V care NGO conducts medical camp at Jehangirpuri

Fortis La Femme in association with V careNGOconducted a medical camp at Jehangirpuri, an urban slum in north Delhi on 29th September 2011. Medical checkup with consultations in specialities of gynaecology, internal medicine and orthopaedics was done for around 70 people mainly women and children. Free medicines were also distributed wherever required.

Community Outreach by Fortis Nurses

This year, on International Nurses Day, Fortis Nurses pledged their support for the initiatives of Fortis Foundation. Nursing departments of several facilities adopted a community to spread awareness on different health concerns related to Mother and Child

As a part of this annual initiative supported by the nurses, they will visit the adopted rural or slum areas, located near their facility, once every month to create awareness on various critical healthcare concerns of a mother and child. The first intervention was held on May 13th which entailed discussions with the community on healthcare issues such as care during pregnancy, healthy nutrition, breastfeeding, hygiene, immunization etc.