Smile launched its mobile hospital programme ‘Smile on Wheels’ in Varanasi. The mobile hospital was flagged off by the popular actress and TV presenter, Ms. Roshni Chopra.
This is the 11th mobile hospital in the Smile on Wheels programme. With this new unit the programme will be covering a population of 9,24,467 in 138 slums and villages across India. It will operate in Varanasi in association with Prayatn, a non-government voluntary organisation engaged in upliftment and welfare of youth, women, laborers and farmers.
The project will be implemented in 12 slum areas of Varanasi district. The mobile hospital unit will visit locations namely – Bagwanala, Doulatpur, Bhim Nagar, Shalil Putri, Koniya, Choti Maldahiya, Nagawa, Sonbarasa, Navada, Khojwa, Dasawamegh Ghat and Sankat Mochan.
It will be covering a total population of over 25, 800 in these locations. The mobile hospital will be attending each of these locations 4 times in a month.
Speaking for the occasion, Ms. Roshni Chopra said “The kind of work and effort that Smile Foundation is putting in to make the lives of the underprivileged better is commendable. I really appreciate their work and hope to associate with Smile in any way possible in the future.”
Stating about their objective and partnership with Smile, Mr. Manish Singh – Executive Director, Prayatn said “At Prayatn we believe that each and every person should have a life of freedom and dignity in which they enjoy all their human rights and have the opportunity to fully develop their potential. In our journey of 18 years we have always kept focus on programmes and activities that deal with health, education, child right, gender equality, empowerment and livelihood. I would like to reiterate that social awareness is our prime objective and providing better services to target community of society is our pledge. Through Smile on Wheels programme supported by Smile Foundation, we are getting an opportunity to provide health services to people in 12 locations in Varanasi district and this is a very significant step forward for us.