For improving the lives of people in Mumbai slums and providing them free-of-cost medical care services, Smile Foundation has partnered with Deutsche Bank. Under this intervention, a Smile on Wheels mobile hospital unit is deployed in 10 slum areas across the city including Waldhuni, Netiwali, Kate Manavali, Tisgaon Naka, Kolsewadi and Ambedkar Nagar. Home to a population of 5 lakh, these slum colonies lack basic civic amenities like sewage & sanitation, safe drinking water and drainage and hence, are a hotbed of communicable and vector borne diseases.
Through Smile on Wheels, Smile Foundation brings primary healthcare services at the doorstep of impoverished families and children living in these areas. A team of Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist and Lab Technician are present in the vehicle for medical consultation, diagnosis, lab tests and medicine distribution. There is also a Community Mobilizer on board who spreads awareness on basic healthcare, hygiene and nutrition through group discussions, workshops, streets plays and other IEC activities. Special sessions are arranged to educate pregnant and lactating women on healthy diet, maternal and infant nutrition, ANC/PNC, breastfeeding, and immunization. Referral services are also offered to bridge the gap between the community and the government.
At least 5 lakh beneficiaries to be reached directly within a year.
Regular OPDs conducted in ten slums for health check-ups, lab tests and distribution of free medicines.
Community meetings, school health programmes and IEC activities conducted to foster health-seeking behaviour among families and children.
Pregnant women, ‘being the high-risk’ group, are given detailed workshops on maternal and infant nutrition, ANC/PNC, immunization and other related issues.
Patients with serious threats to health referred to government or charitable hospitals.
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 55 OPDs organized
60 pathological tests were conducted so far.
Total number of female and child beneficiaries was 3586
A total of 5174 people benefited from the healthcare services provided