The world and our country are witnessing the worst epidemic breakout since the Spanish Flu in 1918. Corona virus disease or Covid-19 that broke out in Wuhan, China in late December 2019. The virus has since then claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people and affected 318,000 people across the world.
At a time when most of the states of India are heading towards complete lockdown, the healthcare workers around the country are on ground to treat the affected and the taking care of the exposed. The health care workers of Smile on Wheels who are on the field every day to spread awareness about the novel Covid-19 and reach out to the people living in urban slums, rural areas, and remote locations. More than 180 health workers in 38 SoW units are plying across 17 states in the country.
This rapidly spreading pandemic can only be contained by individual efforts at the moment. The people living in extreme poverty and unhygienic conditions are the most vulnerable. Not only are they do not have the complete knowledge of the right way to protect themselves against the disease, they may fail to reach for the necessary treatment.
Addressing this crucial requirement of the hour, Smile on Wheels health agents are motivated to reach to every person and make him/her aware of the critical situation that we as a nation are facing with the motto that together with the selfless dedications and individual contributions through practicing hygiene and social distancing, we all can contain this disease.
The Smile on Wheels programme has so far provided free healthcare services to more than 10 lakh children and families.
Smile Foundation is an NGO in India directly benefitting over 750,000 children and their families every year, through more than 350 live welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 1000 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India.