Special Health Camps for casual and daily wage labour across India
Smile Foundation conducted a series of specialized health camps exclusively for casual/daily wage labourers and workers from unorganized sectors across 26 locations in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Rajasthan.
A casual labourer must earn a day's wage to feed his family. Health doesn't become a priority for them because of such reasons. Similar workers and their children and families form a sizeable portion of the beneficiaries through both Smile Health Camp and Smile on Wheels models of Smile Foundation. However, a series of specialized camps in various belts across India was conducted focusing specifically on this particular section of the beneficiaries.
Multiple camps were conducted at Ahmednagar, Mumbai, Ratnagir and Solapur in Maharashtra; Titupati and Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh; Kolkata in West Bengal; Ghaziabad and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh; Delhi; Gurgaon and Ambala in Haryana; Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh; Ludhiana and Jalandhar in Punjab; Muzaffarpur in Bihar; Jamshedpur and Ranchi in Jharkhand; Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan; and Jammu (J&K) in the months of February, March and April.
Besides providing primary health care and promoting health seeking behaviour, the beneficiaries were oriented on numerous health hazards and how to take precaution while taking up various hazardous jobs. In addition, counselling and referral services, health supplements such as fruits, packed juice, cakes, biscuits and Chyawanprash etc. are being made available free of cost.
Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd. supported Smile Foundation for this special series of health camps.