In order to take care of the healthcare needs of the underprivileged population, Smile Foundation intervened and launched a Smile on Wheels project in New Delhi. The project being implemented was initiated in 2014 in partnership with St. Stephen’s Hospital.
The objective of the project is to provide the much-needed healthcare services to underprivileged community in New Delhi’s urban slums through fully equipped mobile hospitals. With special focus on women and children, Smile on Wheels takes healthcare to the doorsteps of the urban poor and provides free promotive, preventive and curative health services.
Staffed with a qualified doctor, nurse, lab technician, pharmacist, community mobilizer and project coordinator the mobile hospital is committed to provide free-of-cost medical consultation and diagnosis, besides medicines and lab testing facilities. In addition to these, community awareness sessions are being conducted on vital issues pertaining to child, mother and family health. During these sessions, topics like family planning, proper dietary habits, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation were discussed to inculcate a health-seeking behavior among the people.
The project operates on the eastern and northern fringes of Delhi and Ghaziabad delivering free healthcare at the doorsteps of the underserved population.
As a major focus, the project has been covering the homeless, slum dwellers, migrants, daily wage earners and rickshaw pullers in clusters like Yamuna Pushta, Mansarovar Park, Rani Garden, Kalyanvas, Mori Gate, Motia Khan, Majnu Ka Tila, Shastri Nagar, Dilshad Garden, Shastri Park, and Nand Nagri.
Smile on Wheels mobile hospital is equipped with a pathological laboratory, doctor’s cabin, ECG, nebuliser, medicines etc.
School health programme is also included under the project that covers IEC sessions, clinical services, health check-ups, investigations, child to child health skills training, counseling and health talks.
Special health camps are organized on targeted locations to complement the Smile on Wheels in providing healthcare services.
21,346 CHILDREN DIRECTLY PROVIDED EDUCATION THROUGH 120 CENTERS IN 21 STATES
50% OF TOTAL BENEFICIARIES ENROLLED WHERE GIRL CHILDREN, TO ENSURE A FAIR START FOR ALL
100% CHILDREN RECEIVED REGULAR NUTRITION & HEALTH CARE SUPPORT
100% TEACHER RECEIVED TRAINING IN INNOVATIVE TEACHING SKILLS
A TOTAL 156 OPDS ORGANIZED
74 PATHOLOGICAL TESTS WERE
CONDUCTED SO FAR.
TOTAL NUMBER OF FEMALE AND CHILD BENEFICIARIES WERE 5497
A TOTAL OF 6537 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES PROVIDED