Taming disability has always been a concern. NGOs such as Impact India Foundation seek to provide easier access to healthcare especially to habitations away from medical facilities
Did you know that roughly 70 million people in India are disabled? This constitutes more than 6% of the country’s population; a whopping 80% of these live in villages. Being poor, they have little or no access to treatment or medical care whatsoever. This is where Impact India Foundation (IIF) steps in. Established in 1983 by the United Nations and launched by the Indian government as an ‘international initiative against avoidable disablement’, IIF acts as a catalyst to bring together the corporate sector, NGOs, professionals and the community. IIF partners with the government in mass health programmes for prevention and cure of disablement. Driven by its slogan—Action Today To Prevent Disability Tomorrow—IIF has three distinctive projects: Lifeline Express (LLE)—the world’s first hospital train, Community Health Initiative (CHI), and Lifeline Express Mobile Clinics (LLEMCs).
IIF is best known for Lifeline Express, also known as the ‘Magic Train of India’. Run in partnership with the Indian Railways, it has medically served more than 700,000 disabled rural poor through 137 projects, restoring sight, movement, hearing and correction of cleft lips with dental and neurological treatment—all completely free of cost.
CHI was set up in 2005 when IIF was invited by the government to undertake a project for holistic health improvement to support the National Rural Health Mission. CHI has achieved remarkable results. For instance, it has succeeded in reducing the number of persons with disabilities by 72% in the tribal areas of Thane district (Maharashtra) with the ‘donated’ skills of hundreds of volunteers who contributed to treating and transporting patients and created information systems and portals to extend its outreach. CHI conducts training sessions for government-appointed ‘Accredited Social Health Activists’ (ASHAs) to identify high-risk ante-natal care (ANC) cases as well as ensure that they get treatment and follow-up care. From April 2011 to March 2012, as many as 1,504 pregnant women completed ante-natal check-ups whilst 516 were motivated to deliver babies in institutions instead of unsupervised home births. CHI’s ‘Baby Wrap’ project uses donated patchwork quilts to prevent neo-natal mortality due to hypothermia. IIF’s close monitoring of ante-natal and post-natal care has helped reduce infant and maternal mortality rates. To reduce anaemia in adolescent girls, CHI does everything from personal counselling, haemoglobin estimation, providing iron & folic acid supplements, de-worming, as well as promotion of kitchen gardens for vegetables.
CHI has been developed as a replicable model for which Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has prepared a manual to share the processes to be followed. Zelma Lazarus, CEO, IIF, says, “Impact’s Community Health Initiative is a unique, far-reaching, sustainable model project easily replicable by all corporates under their CSR programmes.”
Public transportation is scarce and infrequent in many parts of rural India. IIF’s LLEMCs facilitate easier access to healthcare. The vans are equipped with vision and hearing testing equipment and reach out to serve rural communities in partnership with various hospitals in Maharashtra. Five LLEMCs have screened over 200,000 rural poor patients so far, for prevention of disabilities through early detection and treatment of deafness, cataract, squint, glaucoma, vitamin-A deficiency and night blindness.
IIF’s objectives are aligned with the United Nations’ 2015 millennium development goals. IIF expects to scale up operations in areas where prevalence of disability, malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality is high. For this, it seeks contributions that entitle donors to 100% tax deduction under Section 35AC of the Income Tax Act.
Impact India Foundation
Nhava House, 65 Maharshi Karve Road,
Marine Lines, Mumbai 400 002, India
Contact Person: Neelam Kshirsagar
Phone: (91-22) 6633 9605/6633 9606
Mobile: 9820237581, Fax: 91-22-22010594
Email: [email protected]
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The indices have spent many weeks in a narrow band. A big move is likely, even if it is for a few days
Buying in oil & gas stocks after the government announced its intention to increase diesel and kerosene prices in a staggered manner resulted in the market closing near the day’s high. The indices have spent many weeks in a narrow band. A big move is likely, even if it is for a few days. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) reported a volume of 67.44 crore shares and advance-decline ratio of 867:838.
The market opened on a firm note on gains in power, auto and oil & gas stocks and support form its Asian peers, which were in the green in morning trade. However, the inability of the US policymakers to find a solution to the “fiscal cliff” was a matter of concern.
The Nifty opened 17 points up at 5,887 and the Sensex started off at 19,364, a gain of 40 points over its previous close. The market touched its intraday low in initial trade itself with the Nifty falling to 5,882 and the Sensex going back to 19,346.
All-round buying saw the benchmarks gaining strength in early trade on buying in oil & gas, power, capital goods and IT stocks. Although on selling pressure from banks and capital goods sectors resulted in the indices paring their gains in subsequent trade, they were still in the positive terrain.
The market slipped further in afternoon trade as the key European indices, after opening in the positive, slipped into the red. However, late buying in oil & gas stocks pushed the benchmarks to their highs. At the highs the Nifty rose to 5,916 and the Sensex climbed to 19,466.
The market closed near the highs with the Nifty gaining 38 points (0.65%) to 5,908 and the Sensex advancing 121 points (0.63%) to settle at 19,445.
Among the broader markets, the BSE Mid-cap index gained 0.79% and the BSE Small-cap index rose 0.28%.
BSE Healthcare (down 0.19%) and BSE Bankex (down 0.01%) were the only losers in the sectoral space today. The gainers were led by BSE Oil & Gas (up 2.38%); BSE IT (up 1.21%); BSE PSU (up 0.89%); BSE TECk (up 0.87%) and BSE Consumer Durables (up 0.75%).
Twenty two of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The chief gainers were Reliance Industries (up 2.73%); ONGC (up 2.49%); Sterlite Industries (up 2.28%); Infosys (up 1.38%) and Hero MotoCorp (up 1.35%). The main losers were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 1.05%); Mahindra & Mahindra (down 0.70%); Tata Steel (down 0.59%); State Bank of India (down 0.46%) and HDFC Bank (down 0.35%).
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—Suzlon Energy (up 7.52%) and Pantaloon Retail India (up 6.95%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—Piramal Enterprises (down 2.05%) and Bayer CropScience (down 1.74%).
The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Aftek (up 19.95%) and Noida Medicare Centre (up 19.81%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Eurotex Industries & Exports (down 11.63%) and Alps Industries (down 10.78%).
Out of the 50 stocks listed on the Nifty, 35 stocks settled in the positive. The main gainers were RIL (up 3.22%); ONGC (up 2.93%); BPCL (up 2.46%); Wipro (up 1.70%) and Infosys (up 1.54%). The key losers were Axis Bank (down 0.69%); SBI (down 0.65%); M&M (down 0.60%); HDFC Bank (down 0.57%) and Sun Pharma (down 0.54%).
Markets in Asia closed with gains as reports indicated that core consumer prices in Japan fell 0.1% in November from a year earlier, making a case for prime minister Shinzo Abe to implement additional economic reforms. Hopes of a last-minute solution to sew a budget deal in the US also supported the gains.
The Shanghai Composite surged 1.24%; the Hang Seng rose 0.21%; the Jakarta Composite climbed 0.81%; the KLSE Composite gained 0.43%; the Nikkei 225 advanced 0.70%; the Straits Times rose 0.25%; the Seoul Composite was 0.49% higher and the Taiwan Weighted settled 0.67% higher.
At the time of writing, the key European indices were trading between 0.17% and 0.71% lower and the US stock futures were lower, indicating a subdued opening for US stocks.
Back home, withdrawals by foreign institutional investors were offset by inflows from domestic institutional investors on Thursday. While FIIs were net sellers of stock totalling Rs132.68 crore, DIIs were net buyers of equities totalling Rs132.77 crore.
EPC firm Tecpro Systems has got a Rs267.3 crore order from an NTPC subsidiary for supply of the entire coal handling plant package for its Muzaffarpur plant. Right from designing to commissioning, Tecpro will do the entire coal handling project for the 2X195 MW plant. However, no execution timeline was given. The stock declined 0.57% to close at Rs149.10 on the NSE.
HCL Infosystems on Thursday said the company will expand its presence in West Asia and Africa, especially for products like tablet computers over the next one year. The company, which is currently present in South Africa, wants to expand its operations to around 12 countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Egypt. In West Asia, it is keen to spread its wings to Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The stock was unchanged from its previous close at Rs37.85 on the NSE.
Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company on Thursday said its board has approved raising Rs300 crore in capital through an issue of securities. The board of directors at a meeting has approved raising capital by an issue of securities in one or more trenches, through private placement including QIP, the company informed the exchanges. The stock declined 0.43% to close at Rs268.85 on the NSE.