Nita Ambani & Reliance Foundation undertake Health Outreach Mumbai

Reliance Foundation under the stewardship of Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani has enrolled around one lakh families in the vicinity of the soon to be opened Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital & Research Centre. The foundation will provide primary healthcare to these families at subsidized rates. This comes on the back of the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) owned foundation starting primary-level health clinics to provide preventive and primary healthcare services at a subsidized rate to the vulnerable sections of the society.

Mumbai’s Savior

The health outreach program that has now grown to over one lakh families started out very small. Initially, it connected most parts of South Mumbai through its mobile vans, also known as mobile medical units (MMUs). There are a total of three MMU’s at present and these cover about three to four areas that have a high number of low-income population.

The idea behind providing healthcare was born out of necessity. More than half of Mumbai’s population doesn’t have access to quality healthcare. According to a source at RIL, this primary healthcare project was started to provide care and low-cost medical services for the low-income groups. Because of this, Reliance Foundation decided to start a new hospital called, ‘Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.’ The Foundation has also set up three static medical units (SMUs) covering areas near Grant Road, Chira Bazaar and Girgaum to ensure a more permanent foothold in the healthcare segment.

A person working with Reliance Foundation was quoted as saying, “The project started with three MMUs with experienced staff providing healthcare at doorsteps of community. Subsequently, three SMUs were established. The idea was to establish an outreach for the HN Hospital in its vicinity. Usually, an outreach programme starts after the main hospital has been set up, but we took the other way round in order to understand the health needs of the communities.”

Success:

Over one lakh families in the vicinity of HN Hospital have befitted from this scheme so fat. The system under which this works is quite simple. Each family receives a health card that covers the member of the family for an easy access to primary healthcare at any of these SMUs or MMUs. Around 60,000 consultations have taken place in this short period. The consultations and medicines are completely free of cost at MMU while at SMUs the poor get free services.

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