(August 27, 2021)
CHENNAI: Athenahealth Inc and Smile Foundation have announced the launch of the foundation’s flagship Smile on Wheels programme to strengthen public health infrastructure and provide primary healthcare to Chennai residents.
Through the programme, Athenahealth is providing financial support to a Smile on Wheels mobile health unit, which will offer primary healthcare services in an area of Chennai with approximately 17,600 households and 88,000 residents.
Smile on Wheels is a national-level mobile hospital programme catering to underprivileged children and women. The programme sends medical vans along with specialised doctors, nurses, medical staff and medicine to identified villages and underserved communities to provide crucial access to healthcare services.
The objective of the programme is to ensure improved health services reach the doorsteps of people residing in unserved or underserved areas. Smile on Wheels has so far provided free healthcare services to more than 1.5 million children and families across India.
"As the pandemic continues, there is a need to strengthen systems and provide relief to as many people as possible,” said Santanu Mishra, co-founder and executive trustee of Smile Foundation.
Smile Foundation is an NGO directly benefiting more than 15,000,000 children and their families every year through around 400 live welfare projects on education for poor children, healthcare, livelihood, and women’s empowerment over 2,000 remote villages and underserved communities across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families, and the community.
Athenahealth partners with medical organisations in the United States to drive clinical and financial results.