Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO, Max India Foundation
Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO, Max India Foundation
At merely 47 years of age, Yogesh Kumar, who works in a cardboard factory in Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) to support his wife and 12 year old son, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Over the next several weeks, Yogesh shuttled between hospitals in Aligarh and Delhi, losing precious time and resources, while his health continued to deteriorate. Then, in early 2016, Yogesh came under the care of Dr. Pramod K. Julka at Max Institute of Cancer Care in New Delhi. Without delay, Dr. Julka commenced Yogesh’s treatment and also educated him and his family about the disease. Though Yogesh’s friends and relatives came forward with financial help, it was not sufficient to cover the entire cost of the treatment. It was then that Dr. Julka referred the case to Max India Foundation (MIF), where we contributed approximately ₹ 4 lakh to cover the balance cost of the treatment. Yogesh has faced immense pain and struggle over the past few months, but having gone through five cycles of chemotherapy and two weeks of radiation, he is now well on his way to recovery. Like thousands of patients living with cancer across India, Yogesh had almost lost all hope, but with excellent care from his doctor and the staff at Max Institute of Cancer Care, he is finally ready to start a new innings of his life.
Yogesh is one of the nearly 28 lakh lives that MIF has benefitted over the last 10 years of its operations across 730 locations in India. Focused on providing healthcare to the underprivileged, the Foundation has adopted a 360º solution framework to address this issue. The model comprises of four critical pillars and under each pillar various interventions have been created to combat the issue holistically.
Pillar 1: Provide quality healthcare and screening to address immediate health requirements
Pillar 2: Create awareness on health and hygiene issues to promote healthy practices
Pillar 3: Promote a sustainable and eco-friendly environment for good health
Pillar 4: Village Adoption Program for holistic development of villagers
MOBILE HEALTH VAN – A new addition to the Program
In February 2017, MIF’s dream of having its own Mobile Health Van (MHV) was realised, which was custom fabricated as per our requirements. The MHV, called ‘Care on Wheels’, was inaugurated by Group President, Mr. Rahul Khosla. ‘Care on Wheels’ is being used for conducting health camps as well as immunisation camps in Delhi and NCR area. In addition, the MHV also supports services such as testing and screening for serious illness and diseases. Moreover, the MHV is also fitted with a TV/ LED which shows health awareness films to the beneficiaries while they wait for checkups. This educates the community on various health related topics such as hand-washing, cancer, oral health, etc. in an easy to understand visual form. The MHV has further enhanced the accessibility of healthcare services for the underprivileged, particularly women who get full privacy during checkups.
MIF organises health camps for the underprivileged with the objective of providing specialised health care. A team of qualified doctors and paramedical staff conducts either general health camps or multi-speciality camps. Poor patients are screened and given free medicines. In FY 2017, 2,08,071 patients were treated through 769 camps across India.
In pursuance of our mission of caring for life, MIF has set up health centres in areas where health facilities are non-existent or inadequate. Some of them are operational in difficult hilly terrains of Rudraprayag and Mussoorie, remote rural areas like Railmajra in Ropar, Punjab and various slums in metropolitan cities. The health centres reach migrants, labourers, etc. with special focus on women, children and elderly. 19,907 patients benefitted through our chain of five health centres in FY 2017.
Surgeries and Treatment
MIF extends its best support to seriously ill people who are underprivileged and need high value surgeries and treatment. In FY 2017, MIF supported 1,588 high-end surgeries for patients from economically weak families. These surgeries include a large number of paediatric cardiac surgeries, reconstructive surgeries, neuro surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, cataract surgeries, oncology care and renal transplant, which are expensive treatments. This intervention has been able to bring a ray of hope in the lives of the underprivileged in dire need of medical support and saves them from getting pushed into the vicious cycle of debt/poverty.
India accounts for the largest number of children (i.e. 7.4 million) who are not immunised. Concerned by this gap, MIF focuses on protecting underprivileged children in the age group of 0-12 years who are Not Immunised or Partially Immunised. Children are vaccinated against MMR, DPT, hepatitis B and typhoid as per the guidelines of WHO to “close the immunisation gap”. In FY 2017, 12,189 children were administered 19,849 shots through 150 camps across the country. The intervention has brought positive impact by reducing the dropout rate of school children and improving life expectancy.
Special Care and Support for Cancer Patients
The economic burden of cancer (including cost of illness, long-term costs and indirect costs) is huge and makes the underprivileged vulnerable in their fight against cancer. Therefore, MIF provides support for cancer surgeries. Specific details for FY 2017 are as follows:
22 oncology patients have been provided support through Max Healthcare
680 children have been supported with cancer treatment through our NGO partner – CanKids... Kidscan
111 cancer patients have been provided palliative support while 2,669 home visits were made by the CanSupport with support from MIF
196 cancer HPV DNA tests were carried out through the Indian Cancer Society, New Delhi
62 families were provided with boarding and lodging support through St. Jude India Child Care Centre, Noida
Artificial Limbs and Polio Calipers: MIF also provides artificial limbs and polio calipers camps to the physically challenged people to enhance their mobility and infuse them with renewed dignity and confidence to take charge of their lives.
186 specially-abled people benefitted in FY 2017 through this intervention – 180 patients were provided artificial limbs through Kiwanis Artificial Limb Centre whereas six motorised vehicles were given in partnership with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
Based on the premise that preventive health care yields better outcomes in the long term, MIF focuses on health awareness to promote healthy behavioural practices
Health awareness is provided in infotainment mode through a host of approaches like group discussion/talks, films and counselling sessions. The focus issues include vector borne disease, cancer awareness, nutritious diet, sanitation, menstrual health, dengue, hand washing and others. Over 7.74 lakh individuals were reached through health and hygiene awareness initiatives in FY 2017.
Cancer Screening and Awareness Camps
In recent years, the incidence of cancer has significantly gone up. According to the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, every 13th new cancer patient in the world is an Indian (Indian Express, 12th May, 2016). In light of this, MIF has been focusing on conducting cancer screenings including free mammography and Pap smear tests, and awareness camps. The focus is on early detection as it ensures better outcomes at lower costs. MIF also produced a film on cancer awareness with oncologists and survivors telling their own stories, which is screened at these camps.
‘Care on Wheels.’ MIF’s new mobile health van
‘Care on Wheels.’ MIF’s new mobile health van
Celebrate ME – Annual Signature Campaign of MIF
Celebrate ME, Season 2 was held on 1st October, 2016 with the aim of raising funds and spreading awareness on cancer. Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Government of India was the chief guest on the occasion. One of the highlights of the event was a panel discussion with top oncologists of Max Healthcare. 17 women and four young children who have defeated cancer walked the ramp in outfits designed by cancer survivors. An auction of paintings donated by well-wishers was also held on the occasion to raise funds, including a piece of tribal Gond artwork from Madhya Pradesh donated by Smt. Maneka Gandhi. Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, a cancer survivor himself donated his jersey and cap for the auction. Over 22 newspapers including online and print captured Celebrate ME event and emphasised upon awareness to beat cancer.
Walk for Life – Spreading Awareness Against Cancer
Since 2008, MIF has supported the cause of “spreading awareness on cancer and palliative care for cancer survivors” in association with CanSupport. The 10th Annual Walk for Life was held on 5th February, 2017 at Rajpath. Delhi. Bollywood star and cancer survivor, Manisha Koirala flagged off the event and led the lap of honour for cancer survivors. Dr. Harit Chaturvedi (Chairman – Oncology, Max Healthcare) together with 305 enthusiastic employees of Max Group came on board to applaud, support and honour cancer patients.
Campaign Against the Use of Tobacco
Tobacco kills over one million people in India. In Delhi alone over 30.7 lakh people under the age of 15 use tobacco. Therefore, MIF launched a campaign against tobacco with emphasis on enforcement of COTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act) so that smoking and sale of tobacco products in public places around schools, etc. is avoided within 500 meters. The campaign being implemented in partnership with Sambandh Health Foundation was launched on 28th May, 2016 in the presence of Special Commissioner (Law & Order) Delhi Police, Mr. P Kamaraj. The pledge supporting this initiative was also signed by Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi.
So far, training and sensitisation program has been conducted in six districts of Delhi. The successful campaign saw high involvement of doctors from Max Oncology Centre led by Dr. Harit Chaturvedi (Chairman – Cancer Care, Director & Chief Consultant - Surgical Oncology, Max Healthcare). Other major outcomes are as follows:
1,200 police officers in six districts of Delhi have been trained on COTPA
Over 165 articles were published in print media
Over 800 people have been fined for smoking in public places / violation of COTPA
The “No Smoking” signs are visible at most shops in Delhi
MIF believes that good environment is a precursor to good health. Therefore, creating a sustainable and eco-friendly environment remains one of the core pillars for us. The focus is on environment awareness as well as making environment friendly choices in whatever work is being done. Key initiatives are as follows:
Tree Plantation Drives
MIF has been conducting regular tree plantation drives in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Dehradun. Further, we also promote tree plantation through our vast network of employees as well as NGO partners. MIF has planted fruit trees as well as trees with medicinal / herbal value for the betterment of future generations.
Environment Awareness Campaigns
MIF has been spearheading environment awareness campaigns on a structured manner through monthly campaigns focused on Max Group employees as well as its vast network of NGO partners on the ground. These well-researched and compelling environment awareness campaigns are also promoted across Max Hospitals and offices in Delhi and NCR.
MIF adopted the villages of Dhakrani and Chandrothi Gram Sabha in the outskirts of Dehradun, the capital city of Uttrakhand in 2015. Various community interventions have been implemented across these villages especially in the area of health, education and environment to improve the quality of life of over 20,000 residents. Village specific initiatives are highlighted below:
Sewage Treatment Plant: A sustainable underground sewerage system is being laid at Dhakrani. This was done as the village had no sewerage system in place and waste water spilled onto the streets as well as polluted the sources of drinking water supply. Accumulated waste water led to breeding of mosquitoes and flies and made villagers vulnerable to innumerable diseases. Under the project, all waste water and sewerage waste will be diverted through pipelines in a phased manner. So far, over 59,000 feet of pipeline has been laid and pilot testing is ongoing. Sand filters and septic tanks have been built from which waste water will be treated and will be suitable for agricultural purpose.
Healthcare Services for the Villagers: Multi-Speciality health camps are held every month at Dhakrani in association with Max Super Speciality Hospital, Dehradun and employee volunteers from Max Life Insurance. These - include oral, gynaecological, paediatric, ophthalmology health camps among others where patients are given complete medical advice and free medication if needed. Till date 20 camps have been held with 5,447 beneficiaries. MIF also engaged with Bella Healthcare, a local NGO to conduct bi-weekly general health check-up camps in Dhakrani with special focus on women and children. In addition, Bella Healthcare is conducting immunisation camps for children in the age group of 0-12 years. 1,245 children have been immunised against MMR whereas 1,125 children have been immunised for typhoide.
Solid Waste Management: To keep the village clean, waste is being collected daily from households. Two different coloured dustbins have been distributed in 1,884 households for segregation of waste as organic and inorganic. Two tractor trolleys with cleaning teams have been deployed for the same. A machine has been procured for segregation of waste and the organic waste will be converted into compost. The intervention has made surroundings much cleaner, thus reducing the risk of diseases and thereby creating a healthier environment.
Sanitary Production Unit for Local Women: A sanitary napkin production unit has been facilitated in the village by donating relevant machinery to a women’s group. The women from the village are making low cost sanitary napkins, which are being sold to the women in the village and neighbouring areas. By making available hygienic sanitary protection the health status of women and adolescent girls is expected to improve. 15,000 sanitary pads have been made till date.
Chandrothi Gram Sabha
The streets in Chandrothi Gram Sabha did not have any lighting. Keeping the environment in mind, 310 high quality solar street lights have been installed on the road stretch of over 8 kms. The initiative has been highly applauded by villagers particularly ladies for making night travel safer.
Further, there was no street cleaning happening in the village, therefore a cleaning vehicle has been commissioned in the village along with cleaning staff who keep the streets and area clean. The initiative is a small contribution towards furthering Swach Bharat Mission.
MIF has set up a Health Centre for the benefit of villagers. The Centre is being operationalised by a team comprising doctor, nurse and pharmacist. Free medicine is given to the patients.
The senior secondary government school in the village had major infrastructural issues – unpainted school walls, inadequate toilet facilities, lack of provision of safe drinking water, and non-functional computers being some of the serious concerns. . MIF stepped in and major upgradation has been made in the sanitation, sports and educational facilities of the school for the health, well-being and allround development of children, as per following details:
An Audio Visual hall at the school has been upgraded with installation of projector, TV, library kits, etc. for the students
Four toilets have been constructed for girl students
An RO water system has been installed to provide safe drinking water for the students
Five computers have been donated to the school to provide computer enabled learning opportunities
A cleaner has been engaged for cleaning the toilets and classrooms to ensure better health and hygiene of the children
A badminton court has been constructed to encourage physical fitness in children
The school exterior walls and some classrooms have been painted
The Max India Foundation Team at a Health Camp
The Max India Foundation Team at a Health Camp
Life Line Express – Health on Wheels
The Life Line Express, the world’s first hospital on a train is a flagship initiative of Impact India Foundation to serve the underprivileged in partnership with the Indian Railways. Doctors from Max Hospital Patparganj and Saket served at the Life Line Express camp in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh from 2nd – 22nd April, 2016. 21,174 OPDs (outpatient department) and 614 operations were conducted. 6,700 spectacles and 575 hearing aids were also distributed.
Multi Speciality Camp at Bodh Gaya
MIF in association with His Holiness Karmapa’s Kagyupa International Monlam Trust organised a Multi Speciality health camp benefitting 4,145 people from 14th-18th February, 2017 at Bodh Gaya. 4 doctors from Max Healthcare, 3 Tibetan lady doctors, 8 Tibetan nurses from Delhi and Sikkim, 2 doctors from Gaya Medical College along with volunteers from Max Life Insurance (Team Gaya) and the Trust helped in conducting the camp. Awareness films on dangers of smoking, importance of hand-washing, breast cancer, TB awareness and prevention of malaria, hepatitis, and typhoid were also screened.
Capacity Building of Health Workers
Since a substantial section of the India population lives in remote areas, institutional births are not always possible. Training for traditional birth attendants (Dai) have been organised by NGO partner Seva Mandir, Udaipur that works towards improving maternal health in the tribal population of southern Rajasthan. The maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate has been significantly reduced due to these specialised trainings. With support from MIF, the organisation has benefitted 19,000 people since January 2013.
Over the years, the Foundation has created a niche for its work under the ambit of Corporate Social Responsibility. The recent awards and recognition as listed below are testimony to the fact that MIF’s sincere work has been appreciated by well respected agencies/groups.
Conferred CSR Leadership Award by ABP News on 17th February, 2017
Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO of MIF conferred with Hari Chand Award for Corporate Citizen 2015 .
Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO MIF received the ‘Best Women Leadership Excellence award in CSR’ at The South Asian Partnership Summit & Business Awards held in Colombo on 13th October, 2016; the event was hosted by World HRD Congress and endorsed by Asian Confederation of Businesses
Conferred with the Indywood CSR Excellence Award in Hyderabad on 26th September, 2016, which was organised by Indywood & Government of Telangana State
CSR Award for Immunisation project by India CSR Awards Community Initiative Awards 2016
Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 2015 – awarded in February 2016
“Excellence Social Accomplishments” Award by “Samast Bharat” was given away by His Holiness Dalai Lama at Dharamsala on 20th May, 2016 to Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO, MIF
MIF health initiatives have helped free the underprivileged from being at the mercy of quacks, who in many cases, exploit them and may even jeopardise their health. All these quality services reach the underprivileged free of cost since at MIF we believe that good health is the right of every Indian. In the process, we have helped enhance the productivity of the individuals reached, improved their life expectancy levels as well as their overall quality of life. Timely support from MIF has also prevented families from getting trapped in the vicious cycle of debt and poverty.
In its 10 years of existence, MIF has been able to render health care to over 27.79 lakh underprivileged across 730 locations with dignity and care. However, ‘Seva’ is not a matter of numbers, it is a calling. At MIF, we are unwavering in our commitment to providing quality healthcare to those who need it the most but are unable to afford it, and we will continue to fight for the cause for the next several decades.
In a span of 10 years, MIF has benefitted nearly 28 lakh lives
In a span of 10 years, MIF has benefitted nearly 28 lakh lives