SBI Card has joined hands with Smile Foundation for rendering primary health services to the underprivileged population residing in the slum clusters of Gurgaon, Delhi and Chennai under the Smile on Wheels mobile hospital programme. SBI Card has been supporting the programme since 2016 and till date the project has benefitted approx 60000 beneficiaries.
The project is providing a wide range of curative, preventive and promotive health services.
SBI Card was launched in October 1998 by the State Bank of India and GE Capital. Incorporated as SBI Cards and Payment Services Private Limited (SBICPSL), SBI Card is headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. The aim of SBI Card is to offer Indian consumers access to a wide range of world-class, value-added payment products and services. Their endeavor is to simplify the lives of our customers, employees and other important stakeholders.
Shashibala says, ‘People don’t like me. They also don’t let their children come near me. They all either laugh at me or give me hateful looks. If I try to go near them, they chase me away like a street dog. I don’t know why. Maybe I look horrible. Or maybe I am poor. But I have never done anything wrong to them. I don’t fight with anyone. My only fight is to arrange for food. I leave home early in the morning to collect trash from the nearby garbage dump. There are days when I am lucky and earn around Rs 30, which is sufficient to buy one time food. But sometimes destiny doesn’t favor me and I barely make around Rs 5. On those days, I prefer to sleep hungry than beg on the streets. Even if I have to beg – I will beg for love, not money.’
Smile on Wheels supported by SBI Card feels privileged to have met Shashibala during the free doorstep healthcare visit in one of the slum clusters of Chennai. The SoW doctor is at present treating her for chronic knee-pain and low blood pressure.