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AM Foundation launches “Dr Mobile”, a mobile medical clinic under Tamilnadu Petroproducts’ CSR initiative
Posted on April 13, 2022
- Will provide door-to-door primary health care services to beneficiaries residing in rural areas around the company’s manufacturing plants in Manali, Chennai
- To fill the lack of access to health services in rural centers, the National Health Mission recommends the establishment of mobile medical units
- Dr Mobile will provide primary health care – preventive, diagnostic, curative and referral services
- equipped with modern and state-of-the-art medical facilities
- The first Dr Mobile initiative medical camp was held at Kanniyamman Pettai, Chennai with over 100 beneficiaries treated during the first camp
AM Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of AM International Holdings Pte, headquartered in Singapore. Ltd (AMIH) recently launched Dr Mobile, a mobile medical care (van) project that will travel to rural areas. The initiative is part of the CSR efforts of Tamilnadu Petroproducts Limited (TPL). It focuses on providing a wide range of outreach, preventive and curative primary health care services at the doorstep of beneficiaries residing in rural areas.
TPL is one of India’s leading manufacturers of industrial chemical intermediates, and AM Foundation is the CSR arm of AMIH Group. Dr Mobile will meet the healthcare needs and cover 10,000 beneficiaries residing in and around Manali in Chennai. The mobile van service will be available in Andarkuppam, Kadapakkam, Kanniyamman Pettai, Theeyampakkam and Kosapur areas.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Ashwin Muthiah, Chairman AM Foundation, Vice-Chairman, TPL & Founder Chairman, AM International group, Singapore, said, “India’s goal of achieving universal health coverage by 2030 is only possible through sustained public-private partnership efforts. At AM Foundation, providing primary healthcare services to those in need is central to our impact investing strategy. We are proud to contribute to the government’s efforts in this crucial mission.
Our CSR programs are designed to bridge the gap in the health ecosystem by bringing quality health care closer to local and marginalized communities. Dr Mobile will provide greater coverage over a wider geographic area with optimal use of resources, making quality healthcare available at the doorstep of those who need it most.
Dr Mobile offers preventive, diagnostic, curative and referral health services equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities. Each van has a doctor and two nurses, ensuring the availability of qualified practitioners within reach of low-resource communities.
The mobile unit will offer beneficiaries a wide range of health services:
- In association with leading specialist hospitals, Dr. Mobile will organize several specialist health camps for ophthalmology, dentistry, ENT and diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis.
- As part of its awareness campaign, it will undertake door-to-door demonstrations and periodically organize camps to educate communities on the importance of nutrition, vaccination and environmental factors in preventive health care.
- The unit is equipped with diagnostic facilities to ensure immediate patient care. AM Foundation also has links with government agencies to provide access to secondary and tertiary health care.
A multilingual mobile application developed by AM Foundation will allow beneficiaries to follow the movements of Dr. Mobile. AM Foundation will also use the app to maintain patient records and provide real-time information on healthcare initiatives to stakeholders.
The first mobile medical unit was recently inaugurated in Manali, Chennai.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr. Muthukrishnan Ravi, CEO of Petrochemical Division, AM International Group; Mr. Senthi Kumar, Full Time Director, TPL; Mr. Prabhakar, AGM, HR, Manali Petrochemicals Limited; Mr. Raja Kumar, Advisor-Environment, TPL; and Mr. Cyprian Paulraj, GM, AM Foundation and others. Ms. Indhra Desilva, Chief Operating Officer, AM Foundation and her team were appreciated for their contributions to Dr Mobile and its successful launch.
After the groundbreaking ceremony, the first ever Dr Mobile Initiative medical camp was held at Kanniyamman Pettai. The first camp treated over 100 beneficiaries.
Access to quality health care is a significant challenge in rural India. According to estimates, urban centers are home to almost 70% of doctors and almost 65% of hospital beds in the country, while they contain less than 30% of the total population. From lack of access to high cost of services, rural patients face several health care barriers that limit their ability to receive the care they need. To make up for the lack of access to healthcare in rural centres, the National Health Mission recommends setting up mobile medical units.