~Health Cannot Wait seeks to strengthen public healthcare system~
New Delhi, December 8, 2021: Smile Foundation’s Health Cannot Wait campaign has won CSR Times’ Silver Award for outstanding work during the COVID pandemic.
The Health Cannot Wait campaign seeks to drive access to healthcare for people from disadvantaged sections of the society. The pandemic put our country’s healthcare infrastructure to the test.
Throughout the most severe phases of the pandemic, interventions like Health Cannot Wait successfully strengthened healthcare services and their delivery. The campaign sought the help of corporates and individuals to augment supply of essentials like oxygen concentrators, RT PCR kits, oxymeters, and masks and PPE kits.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “This award motivates us to carry on from strength to strength. The Health Cannot Wait campaign seeks to bring equity to public healthcare in India. We are delighted to have the support of some of the leading corporates for this initiative and are grateful to them for the continuous encouragement. Quality healthcare is the right of every citizen and Smile Foundation is determined to give just this through the Health Cannot Wait campaign.”
Smile Foundation’s Health Cannot Wait campaign solicits long-term investment through donations to strengthen COVID care centers with critical supplies like oxygen cylinders, oximeters, and oxygen concentrators. The initiative helps set up of oxygen banks for critical patient support among vulnerable communities, mobilizes support to provide PPE Kits & N-95 Masks for frontline health workers. Smile Foundation distributes hygiene kits (including masks, soaps, sanitizers, oximeters), and provides tele-counseling to dispel vaccine hesitancy, spread awareness on COVID-appropriate behavior, apart from providing primary healthcare services.
So far, Smile Foundation has provided over 27.7 million meals to more than 200,000 families in 23 states of India. It aims to provide three square meals to more than 250,000 families and is working to provide 50,000 home isolation kits to Covid patients.
About Smile Foundation
Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and slums in 25 states.