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IIT Bombay and Smile Foundation ignite Tech Dreams in Children

IIT Bombay and Smile Foundation ignite Tech Dreams in Children

So far a thousand children mentored in Tinkerers’ Laboratory, 3-D printing, Aero-modelling, Robotics, and Astronomy etc.

Mumbai, 23 January, 2024: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) has been hosting close to a thousand children from Smile Foundation for the past two years. The mission is to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning fun and to inculcate scientific temper and aspirations among children early in the school days. 

Various workshops under this collaboration are being held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay since January 2023. Each workshop, spanning between one and three days, accommodates an average of 240 students from grades VII, VIII, IX, and X from various Smile Foundation Mission Education centers spread across Mumbai, Palghar and Thane regions. So far, 960 children have benefitted from this programme in diverse areas such as Tinkerers’ Laboratory and 3-D printing, Aero-modelling, Energy (solar lamp making), Robotics, and Astronomy etc. 

Prof. Rajesh Zele, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay says, “I have been working closely with IITB ITC student volunteers for the last couple of years. It is amazing to see the positive energy in these programmes. This will certainly impact the impressionable minds of our youth. The IITB students along with Smile Foundation are making a strong social impact, influencing the nextGen. The robot is just a head fake! The key message to the nextGen is to build things with your own hands, be curious.”  

The workshop modules have been designed by the Institute Technical Council of IIT Bombay, and is jointly being facilitated by Gnaan U Education, under the supervision and guidance of the senior faculty at the IIT-B.

Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation opines, “One of the goals of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is to equip children and youth with vital futuristic skills and competitive knowledge so that they thrive in a technology-driven world. The aspiration of the nation is also entwined with the future potential of today’s children.” 

“At Tinkering Laboratory, IIT-B, we are grateful to have access to advanced resources, including 3D printers and laser cutters. This event marked a significant step towards realizing our vision of extending knowledge beyond the confines of our college and reaching out to schools and colleges across India. This accomplishment was made possible through the continuous support of Smile Foundation and Gnaan U Education, for which we are sincerely grateful,” said Dewaansh Vijayvargiya, Manager, Tinkerer’s Team, IIT Bombay.

Kushal Agarwal and Anuj Bangad, Managers, Electronics and Robotics Club4 observes that Electronics and Robotics were indispensable in today’s technologically advancing society. “It is essential that our nation plays a leading role in the development of such technology. Workshops like this provide a common front for upcoming minds. Our team is glad to be a part of this effort.”

“Such programmes have a very high learning and retention value for the students, and are possible only because of the support of Smile Foundation, Corporate Sponsors and the support of IIT Bombay and its students. Such workshops instill confidence in students to pursue and excel in science and create an aspiration to gain quality higher education,” says Gnanesh Mehta of Gnaan U Education. 

Mission Education is Smile Foundation’s flagship programme focused on child education. The programme has 496 operational projects spread across 457 locations in 27 Indian states. Mission Education programme is benefitting underserved children in the age group of 3 to 18 years. The focus areas of Mission Education include Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN), STEM, experiential learning, training and innovation, upgradation of infrastructure etc. and it is in alignment with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million underprivileged children and their families every year through more than 400 welfare projects in education, healthcare, skilling and women empowerment spread across 2,000 remote villages and urban slums in 27 states of India.

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Annual ‘Hospital on Field’ Completes 23 years and 62,000 Patients

Annual ‘Hospital on Field’ Completes 23 years and 62,000 Patients

New Delhi, 09 Jan 2024: Braving the chilling winter of Shahpura in Rajasthan, a few thousand patients queued up to the free mega health camp organised by Smile Foundation and Sadbhavana Trust Bhilwara, along with the Department of Health of Rajasthan Government. This annual specialized camp is offering 19 mobile surgical units for specialisations including dental, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and gynaecology etc., besides a series of tents equipped to shelter patients and their family members. A special operation theatre has also been set up on the site. The mega health camp of Shahpura began in the year 2000. There was a brief break during the Covid-19 pandemic, however.  


Incidentally the Mobile Surgical Unit (Jaipur) of the Rajasthan government had also supported Indian Army during 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. The mobile units were deployed in the then Eastern Pakistan (now Bangladesh) for 12 days. 


Shri Tikam Chand Bohra (IAS), Collector and District Magistrate, Shahpura said, “It is heartening to see that Smile Foundation and Sadbhavana Trust are closely working with the health department of Rajasthan Government in organising this health camp where people are getting medical services and surgeries free of cost. I appreciate this exemplary collaborative work and the district administration will continue to extend all possible help in future too.” 


During the week-long mega health camp, close to 1,810 patients from Shahpura and surrounding districts turned up for the OPD for various ailments related to eye, throat, gynaecology, chronic medical cases, and dental issues among others. Close to a thousand patients have been admitted and are under the process of surgeries. The specialized mega surgical camp ensures full treatment to the patients and extends their treatment free of cost. 


Dr. Anita Verma, Director, Mobile Surgical Unit (Jaipur), Govt. of Rajasthan said, “Our collaboration with Smile Foundation and Sadbhavana Trust has been very fruitful in the form of this free annual mega camp. We are hopeful that in future too our association will reach new heights in serving people.”


“This unique annual free mega camp has been serving rural population of our area since year 2000, all thanks to the support of Smile Foundation and the Mobile Surgical Unit, Jaipur. Rogi yahan ro kar aate hai aur has kar jate hain – this has been our biggest accomplishment,” said Mrs. Kamala Chaudhary, President, Sadbhavana Seva Trust, Bhilwara.


Smile Foundation is currently operating 90 healthcare projects that include mobile medical units, mobile telemedicine units, mobile dental units, static clinics and mobile physio units under Smile on Wheels, its national healthcare initiative. It covers 920 villages and urban slums across 63 districts, including 17 aspirational ones, in 15 Indian states. During the year, over one million beneficiaries received primary and preventive healthcare services at their doorsteps. Smile Foundation has been working in 27 states of India in the areas of education, skilling, healthcare and women empowerment.

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National-level Management Development Programme for CBOs

National-level Management Development Programme for CBOs

New Delhi, 10 Nov 2023: A unique management development programme for community-based organisations (CBOs) from four states and an UT was organized in New Delhi under Change the Game Academy (CtGA) initiative. The objective of the programme was to make them self-sustainable in their respective local areas. 

Smile Foundation, in association Wilde Ganzen Foundation, the Netherlands has co-created the global capacity development programme named Change the Game Academy India.

Fourteen selected CBO representatives from the states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and the UT of Chandigarh were included in the residential training programme.

The motto of Smile Foundation’s larger Empowering Grassroots endeavour is ‘helping community-based organisations become locally sustainable’.  

Smile Foundation provides a range of courses and modules for social entrepreneurs and local welfare initiatives in order to help them become self-sustainable. It includes good governance, leadership, project management, communication, resource mobilisation, and local fundraising. 

‘It is a great honour to be part of the training programme organised by Smile Foundation. So many wonderful and good experiences from across India about local fundraising and self-sustainability were showcased. These will also be useful in other parts of the worlds”, said Ms. Rachida Boukhriss, Project Manager, Wilde Ganzen, Netherlands. 

The third-party impact evaluation study on Smile Foundation’s Empowering Grassroots initiative reveals that 60 % of the trained CBOs now have dedicated fundraising teams, and 85 % of them have increased their local fundraising activities over the years. As many as 75 % organisations have published their annual reports, 75 % organisations have expanded their donor base, whereas 95 % CBOs successfully raised funds from individual donors.

“These trainings have been enabling CBOs greatly as they ensure the last-mile delivery of government welfare schemes and policies to the communities, besides doing grassroots work. This training programme on local fundraising will ensure the local organisations become more efficient, scale up their welfare work, besides making social projects sustainable locally,” Said Ms. Sarita Pradhan, Head – Empowering Grassroots, Smile Foundation.  

Traditionally, the Indian development sector has depended on large corporations, multinationals or international grant-making institutions for its major funding. However, these sources have often been out of reach for local social initiatives. With progressive policies, a rising middle class (prospective donors) and the path-breaking CSR mandate, several new doors have suddenly opened up for community-based organisations in India.

Smile Foundation’s Empowering Grassroots programme is designed to help such grassroots social initiatives become locally sustainable, without dependency on foreign resources. Aligned with the Government of India’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” mission, Empowering Grassroots programme aims to help CBOs to become more efficient, scale up their welfare activities and enables them to tap locally available resources in order to ensure long-term sustainability of the social projects.

Smile Foundation has so far trained approximately 1,000 community-based organisations across India, out of which 400 have become self-sustainable locally, playing their small yet significant roles on the path to nation-building. 

Smile Foundation is a national-level development organization directly benefitting over 1.5 million children and their families every year, through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, skilling, and women empowerment, in over 2,000 remote villages and urban clusters across 27 states of India. Please visit

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Innovative School Programme linked with SDGs and NEP 2020 launched

Innovative School Programme linked with SDGs and NEP 2020 launched

August 26, 2023 08:18 pm | Updated 08:18 pm IST – Thrissur

Shell and Smile Foundation have come together to launch ‘NXplorers Junior’, an innovative educational programme in Thrissur district. During the first year, 69 schools of the district will be included in the programme.

NXplorers is Shell’s global flagship Social Investment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational programme, which aims to benefit school children by enabling them to understand, navigate and address local and global challenges, as underlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NXplorers is also aligned with the National Education Policy 2020 and it envisions to complement the latter’s objectives.

Smile Foundation has been implementing the innovative programme NXplorers, benefiting less-privileged students from government schools, studying in rural and hard-to-reach areas in Telangana. Its design also includes endeavour to create awareness amongst parents on the importance of STEM education, especially for girls.

The programme is being rolled out in concurrence with the educational authorities of the State government. Besides students and teachers, parents and communities are also involved actively while implementing the programme so that it remains sustainable in the long-term.

The NXplorers Juniors programme will train and nurture school children in the age group of 10-12 years.

The specially designed ‘NXplorers Junior Workshops’ will administer the importance of water, improving food production, and promoting energy conservation. Shell and Smile Foundation plan to benefit 25,000 school children through the Nxplorers programme in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Telangana during the first year.


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नई तकनीक से स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं में जमीनी स्तर पर आ रही क्रांति: शांतनु मिश्रा

नई तकनीक से स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं में जमीनी स्तर पर आ रही क्रांति: शांतनु मिश्रा Monday, Sep 25, 2023 – 09:00 PM (IST)



गुड़गांव, ब्यूरो: स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं में आर्टिफिशियल इंटेलिजेंस (एआई), इंटरनेट, डेटा प्रबंधन जैसी नई तकनीक के प्रयोग से भारत में दूरदराज के गांवों में रहने वाले लोगों के लिए स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं की डिलीवरी में क्रांतिकारी बदलाव ला रहा है। एआई तकनीक का उपयोग करके, स्वास्थ्य सेवाएं अब दूरदराज के क्षेत्रों में रहने वाले लोगों को भी आसानी से उपलब्ध हो रही हैं। इससे प्राथमिक देखभाल की गुणवत्ता में काफी सुधार देखने को मिल रहा है। नई तकनीकों में स्वास्थ्य देखभाल संबंधी असमानताओं को कम करने और दूरदराज के समुदायों में समग्र स्वास्थ्य परिणामों में उल्लेखनीय सुधार करने की क्षमता है।


स्माइल फाउंडेशन की एल.ई.ए.डी. (सीखें, संलग्न करें, संरेखित करें, वितरित करें) ने हाल ही में नई दिल्ली में सम्पन्न हुए तीन दिवसीय शिखर सम्मेलन में इस बात पर जोर दिया कि कैसे मोबाइल हेल्थकेयर सिस्टम और प्रौद्योगिकियों के सही उपयोग से लाखों लोगों तक स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं को पहुंचाया जा सकता है और उन्हें विभिन्न सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ्य प्रणालियों और योजनाओं में मुख्यधारा में ला सकता है।


स्माइल फाउंडेशन के सह-संस्थापक और कार्यकारी ट्रस्टी शांतनु मिश्रा का कहना है, “आर्टिफिशियल इंटेलिजेंस सहित व्यावहारिक तकनीक को अपनाने से स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं को ग्रामीण और दूर दराज़ के क्षेत्रों में आसानी से पहुंचाया जा सकता है। नई तकनीक में विशेष रूप से मुख्यधारा से दूर रहने वाली आबादी के लिए चिकित्सा विशेषज्ञता की उपलब्धता सुनिश्चित करके समानता लाने की क्षमता है। निकट भविष्य में, एआई-संचालित मोबाइल हेल्थकेयर सिस्टम और टेली-मेडिसिन तंत्र के साथ, हम यह सुनिश्चित कर सकते हैं कि दूरदराज के इलाकों में रहने वाले लोगों को भी गुणवत्तापूर्ण प्राथमिक स्वास्थ्य देखभाल प्राप्त हो, जो अंततः समग्र स्वास्थ्य परिणामों में सुधार के सरकारी मिशन का पूरक होगा।”


शांतनु मिश्रा का कहना है कि तकनीक स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं की उपलब्धता की भौगोलिक सीमाओं को खत्म कर सकती है और वंचित आबादी द्वारा अनुभव की जाने वाली स्वास्थ्य देखभाल संबंधी असमानताओं को दूर कर सकती है। यह वाकई में एक गेम-चेंजर का काम कर रही है। स्माइल फाउंडेशन वर्तमान में 83 स्वास्थ्य देखभाल परियोजनाओं का संचालन कर रहा है जिसमें इसकी राष्ट्रीय स्वास्थ्य देखभाल पहल स्माइल ऑन व्हील्स के तहत मोबाइल मेडिकल यूनिट, मोबाइल टेलीमेडिसिन यूनिट, मोबाइल डेंटल यूनिट, स्टेटिक क्लीनिक और मोबाइल फिजियो यूनिट शामिल हैं। इसमें 15 भारतीय राज्यों के 17 महत्वाकांक्षी जिलों सहित 63 जिलों के 920 गांवों और शहरी मलिन बस्तियों को शामिल किया गया है। वित्त वर्ष 2022-23 के दौरान, स्माइल ऑन व्हील्स के तहत दस लाख से अधिक लाभार्थियों को उनके दरवाजे पर प्राथमिक और निवारक स्वास्थ्य सेवाएं प्राप्त हुईं।


वैश्विक स्वास्थ्य सेवा बाजार में AI के 2023 में 14.6 बिलियन अमेरिकी डॉलर से बढ़कर 2028 तक 102.7 बिलियन अमेरिकी डॉलर होने का अनुमान है। NASSCOM (नेशनल एसोसिएशन ऑफ सॉफ्टवेयर एंड सर्विस कंपनीज) के अनुसार, स्वास्थ्य सेवा में डेटा और AI में लगभग 25 बिलियन अमेरिकी डॉलर जोड़ने की क्षमता है। भारतीय एआई हेल्थकेयर मार्केट 2019-2025 रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, पूर्वानुमान अवधि के दौरान भारतीय हेल्थकेयर उद्योग में कृत्रिम बुद्धिमत्ता 50.9 प्रतिशत की सीएजीआर से बढ़ने का अनुमान है। एआई तकनीक और डेटा प्रबंधन का उपयोग करके, मोबाइल हेल्थकेयर सिस्टम दूरदराज के स्थानों में भी रोगियों का कुशलतापूर्वक निदान और उपचार कर सकता है, इस प्रकार जीवन-घातक स्थितियों की समय रहते रोकथाम की जा सकती है। नई तकनीक में ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में स्वास्थ्य सेवा वितरण में क्रांति लाने और पहुंच के मामले में शहरी और दूरदराज के समुदायों के बीच अंतर को पाटने की शक्ति है।


रिपोर्ट की माने तो नीति आयोग मधुमेह की जटिलताओं का शीघ्र पता लगाने के लिए प्राथमिक स्वास्थ्य देखभाल में एआई के अनुप्रयोग की व्यवहारिकता की जांच पर ज़ोर दे रहा है, और वर्तमान में रेटिना विशेषज्ञों की नैदानिक सटीकता के साथ इसकी निदान सटीकता की तुलना करके, आंखों की देखभाल में एक स्क्रीनिंग टूल के रूप में एआई के उपयोग को मान्यता दे रहा है।


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Spreading Joy By Way Of Giving

Spreading Joy By Way Of Giving

Spreading Joy By Way Of Giving
Illustration: Saahil
Versha Jain – 03 October 2023

Last year, Sarika, an IT professional based in Noida who did not want to reveal her real name, spent Diwali with children at Saikripa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works for homeless and abandoned children. The family, consisting of her husband and son, decided to not spend anything on crackers, expensive lighting and new clothes, and re-channelled the money as a donation to the NGO.

She says, “We wanted to have a different experience on Diwali with underpriviledged children. It was a wonderful experience. My son was hesitant in the beginning, but was happy at the end of the day.”

Everyone may have different reasons and modes of donating, but for most donors, charity generates positive emotions. A research paper, The Emotional Rewards Of Prosocial Spending Are Robust and Replicable in Large Samples, published in the Harvard Business School’s publications in December 2022, confirms that. In the paper, Harvard Business School assistant professor Ashley Whillans, Canadian researchers Lara Aknin of Simon Fraser University, and Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia, said that spending money on other people can increase happiness among donors.

Like Sarika, many people prefer to donate during the festive season, though many do it throughout the year. Anant Arora, chief sustainability and communications officer, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, says: “Many people choose to donate at monthly intervals, ensuring consistent support. However, some donors prefer to contribute during festivals, aligning giving with the spirit of celebration and sharing.”

The decision to do charity, however, is only the first step. The next and more crucial step is to select an NGO or a cause close to your heart. For Sarika, choosing the NGO was easy, because she found it in her neighbourhood and felt for the cause.

How To Select An NGO?

There are approximately 3 million NGOs in India working for different causes, according to various estimates. NGO-DARPAN, the government portal launched in 2015, where NGOs can self-declare their information, has 173,757 registered NGOs and voluntary organisations (VOs), as on September 13, 2023.

Choose The Cause: Anupam Roongta, 40, a research analyst based in Jaipur, feels for the cause of education and has been a regular donor for almost 10 years. Roongta, who picked up the habit of charity from his father, donates to several charities, including the Akshay Patra Foundation, which provides food to schoolchildren under the PM POSHAN Abhiyaan (formerly the Mid-Day Meal Scheme) in partnership with the government.

Charity organisations work in varied fields, from humanitarian to environmental causes. Therefore, it makes sense to choose the cause you feel connected to.

NGO-DARPAN shows that Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of NGOs registered with it, followed by Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. The highest number of NGOs are working in the field of education and literacy, at 100,464. The health and family welfare sector is being catered to by 68,122 NGOs, followed by those focusing on children at 63,879.

Filter out the ones working in the area you feel passionate about, be it about uplifting underprivileged children, women empowerment, education, or global warming.

As it is a voluntary act, instinct plays a role in choosing the cause.

As for Sarika, the choice of Saikripa was an instinctive one. “While I was exploring NGOs to donate, I found Saikripa, called them and felt that it would be the right choice,” she says.

Check The Genuineness: Once you have zeroed in on the organisation, make sure you check how genuine and authentic it is. Do a basic search on the internet and check its website. If possible, visit the NGO to find out more details about its work. If you know someone who already donates to the NGO, you can check with them about the impact it creates on the ground. You may also want to compare it with a few other NGOs working in similar areas.

Moreover, if you want to donate to derive satisfaction, you may want to know whether your money is reaching the right people. Ensure that the NGO answers your queries to your satisfaction on how the funds are being utilised and the impact it is creating.

Anupam Roongta 40, Jaipur

The research analyst has been donating for the last 10 years, having picked up the habit from his father. He offers subscription-based stock recommendation service, and the online fee paid by his clients is redirected to the NGO


For instance, according to Roongta, Akshay Patra Foundation shares the utilisation certificate to each donor, disclosing the amount they donated, how it was utilised, in which particular district, which kitchen and how many students were impacted.

Arora says: “Each meal costs us Rs 15.57. Of this, Rs 8.56 is provided by the government in the form of subsidies and grains, while Rs 6.56 is raised through donations from corporate and individual donors from within the country and abroad. As for state-wise funding, it varies from state to state, depending on the number of schools and students covered under the programme in each state.”

In 2022-23, the foundation received approximately 53 per cent of its donations from corporates, 19 per cent from individual donors and about 27 per cent from trusts and other foundations.

Likewise, Smile Foundation receives around 10 per cent of its donations from individual donors. “Value-wise, individual donors contribute 10-11 per cent of our annual funds received on average. The remaining funds come from corporate and institutional supporters,” says Shived Saxena, head, Individual Giving, Smile Foundation.

Consider Tax Benefit: Besides the emotional benefits, charity also offers tangible benefits—you may get a 100 per cent tax deduction on the donation amount under Section 80G of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

This deduction is, however, available only on donations made to specific NGOs. The list is notified by the income tax department. For example, many private trusts do not have 80G registration and donations to such NGOs won’t qualify for tax benefits.

Says Gopal Bohra, partner, direct taxation, N. A. Shah Associates: “Section 80G (1) and (2) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 deals with the deduction on donation made by a taxpayer to any charitable organisation. There are around 10-20 items that are specified for a 100 per cent benefit; donations for the rest offer a 50 per cent benefit on the donation amount. These are subject to 10 per cent of the total income.”

For instance, donations to Smile Foundation, which has been working for the underprivileged since 2002, get tax benefit up to 50 per cent of the donated amount.

However, if you are making your decision to donate on the basis of this criteria, do remember that the deduction under Section 80G is not available under the new income tax regime.

Says Saxena: “We have observed that individual giving picks up after September each year and goes on till March, which marks the period for filing of income tax returns. April to August marks the relatively lean season in terms of individual giving in India. The month of October heralds a long festive season, and it applies across India.”

How To Donate

Money is only one of the ways in which you can do charity. Some other ways include volunteering, spending time with the beneficiaries and others.

Roongta is not able to spend time with the beneficiaries he donates to, but he has found an innovative way to continue donating. He offers subscription-based stock recommendation service, and the fees his clients pay online on his website go directly to the NGO.

When it comes to money, it is advisable to avoid donating in cash. That’s because Section 80G benefits are not available for any donation in cash exceeding Rs 2,000 in a year.

Amid the evolving fintech space, these charitable organisations and NGOs also receive donations through different modes, such as cash, cheque, unified payments interface (UPI), among others.

Says Arora: “Akshaya Patra Foundation accepts donations through monthly electronic clearing system (ECS), UPI, credit card, digital wallet, QR code on its website, bank and wire transfer, and cheques.”

In the end, it is up to you to think of charity as a one-time donation or a way of life but, more importantly, choose the one you feel for.
As for Sarika, she plans to go back to the same NGO this year, but this time she has also invited her extended family to partake in the festivities with the underprivileged children so that they too can experience the joy of giving.



Press Releases

Four Mobile Dental Units launched by GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited with Smile Foundation

Four Mobile Dental Units launched by GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited with Smile Foundation

New Delhi, November 07, 2022: In light of tackling barriers to everyday health and addressing oral health inequalities in the country, four Mobile Dental Vans were flagged off today by Dr. Ram Prakash Rai, District Epidemiologist (IDPS) Civil Surgeon Office, Gurugram, Health Department at Chakkarpur, Gurugrm to serve the underprivileged communities. 

GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited, the makers of Sensodyne launched the vans under the corporate social responsibility initiative “Smile on Wheels Mobile Dental Vans”, in partnership with Smile Foundation. 

The four vans were flagged off in the presence of senior leaders of the GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited, along with the leaders of Smile Foundation.

Oral health is an indicator of overall wellbeing and there is an increased need for interventions to alleviate prevalence of oral disease burden of the country. Around 85-90 % adults and 60-80 % children have dental cavities in India. 

Recognizing these disparities, this initiative is a call for action to improve oral health in India by providing free dental care consultations to the underprivileged communities and increase access and utilization of dental care at the grassroots.

Smile Foundation will operate the four mobile dental vans in Delhi NCR to create awareness on oral health and hygiene, and increase access thereafter. Two mobile dental units will operate in Delhi and one each in Noida and Gurugram, serving people free of charge. 

Each medical mobile unit is equipped with GPS facility, offering dental consultation, oral cancer screening to underprivileged people in and around Delhi NCR free of charge. Each unit is staffed with a registered dentist, technician, programme coordinator and aims to reach out to 72,000 beneficiaries in the first year. Smile Foundation aims to establish linkages with government and charitable hospitals for referral services.

Speaking on partnering with Smile Foundation, Shanu Saksena, Head CSR, GSK APL said, “There’s a synergic relationship between oral health and overall wellness. Taking actions to support communities to be healthy is reinforcing our commitment that better everyday health should be within the reach for everyone. That’s why, we want to positively impact people living in the communities we operate in. Through this partnership, we have an opportunity to usher in change and work together in overcoming barriers faced in the delivery of oral healthcare to underserved areas.”

As schools are effective platforms to strengthen oral health promotion and disease prevention intervention, Smile Foundation will also conduct a School Dental Health Programme once a week offering dental check-up to children.

“This pilot project is a step towards addressing dental healthcare in India. We have partnered with GSK APL to launch our first ever mobile dental units. We are hoping to bridge the gaps in dental healthcare delivery and provide quality services at the grassroots to ensure oral healthcare for all,” said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation. 

As a self-sufficient system to deliver dental care, the project aims to increase utilisation of dental care by underprivileged and underserved communities of Delhi NCR at the grassroots level.


About GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited 

GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited, in India is a leading fast-moving consumer healthcare company with over 500 employees in India and category-leading brands such as Sensodyne, ENO, Crocin, Iodex, Ostocalcium and Centrum.


About Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation, an Indian social development organization, is directly benefitting over 15 lakh children and their families every year through 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women’s empowerment in over 2,000 remote villages and urban slums across 25 states of India.

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2. If you have any questions at all about Smile Foundation’s privacy policy, please write to us at: [email protected]

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  • If any in-kind support received by the donor from any where the material will be reached to the poorest of the poorer communities.
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