Smile Foundation launched its mobile hospital programme ‘Smile on Wheels’ in Delhi. The mobile hospital was flagged off by Justice Jayant Patel, Judge of the Gujarat High Court. This is the 11th mobile hospital in the Smile on Wheels programme. With this new unit the programme will be covering a population of 9,97,504 in 145 slums and villages across India.
This is the third Smile on Wheels that will be operating in Delhi NCR and will be operating in association with St. Stephen’s Hospital. Supported by GAIL (India) Ltd and Gulf4Good the project will be implemented in 14 slum areas of South Delhi and Gurgaon. The mobile hospital unit will visit locations namely – Sundernagar, Meet Nagar, Mar Colony & Tahirpur in Delhi; and Suraj Vihar, Dhankot, Kaliawas, Iqbalpur, Budhera, Kherkhi, Chandu, Shadharana, Sultanpur & Makdola in Gurgaon. It will be covering a total population of 1,23,500 in these locations.
Stating about their objective and partnership with Smile, Dr. Amod –Head of Community Initiatives, St. Stephen’s Hospital said “We have always kept focus on programmes and activities which deal with health, education, poverty alleviation, providing shelter to the homeless and helping the government in policy making. St. Stephen’s has been working for the past 125 years. Through Smile on Wheels programme supported by Smile Foundation, we are getting an opportunity to provide health services to people in 14 locations in Delhi NCR and this is a very significant step forward for us.”