Understanding the need of the hour, Smile Foundation has joined hands with Deutsche Bank to render free-of-cost healthcare services at the doorstep of slum dwellers across Kolkata. Around 40 slum areas are targeted under this initiative, including Camp Bagan, Coal Berth, Sona Dingi, Goragacha, EJC Quarter, Dombasti, Jain Kunj and Dhapa Durgapur. Smile Foundation’s Smile on Wheels mobile hospital is deployed in these areas with a team of medical experts to provide medical consultation, diagnosis, lab testing, and medicine distribution facilities to the unwell. In addition, the team provides referral services to patients with any serious threat to health.
Besides offering medical care, the Smile on Wheels mobile hospital aims to encourage health-seeking behaviour among underprivileged families and children. The Community Mobilizer holds the responsibility of educating the slum dwellers on the importance of hygiene, healthcare and nutrition through various IEC activities. Special workshops and community meetings are held to sensitise pregnant and lactating mothers on ANC/PNC, breastfeeding, immunization and other related issues; considering the high maternal and infant mortality rate in slum households.
Providing healthcare services to at least 3.5 lakh families and children within a year.
Regular OPDs conducted in 40 slum areas for medical check-ups, pathological tests and medicine distribution
Bringing the government and the communities closer through referral services.
IEC activities conducted to sensitise the slum communities on the importance of basic healthcare and hygiene and develop health-seeking behaviour in them.
Special focus on pregnant women as they fall into the high-risk group category.
322 OPD session were conducted so far.
14595 beneficiaries were provided curative services.
66 % of the targeted beneficiaries are women.
1226 pathological tests were conducted so far.
A total 81 opds organized
124 pathological tests were conducted so far.
Total numbers of female and child beneficiaries were 3726
A total of 4866 people benefited from the healthcare services provided