The Aster DM Foundation launched the Aster Volunteers Mobile Medical Clinic, the first initiative under Mission Barmer 2022. This project was undertaken in collaboration with the Ruma Devi Foundation and the Human Welfare Foundation, in the village of Barmer, Rajasthan. Ms. Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare, had undertaken this project to partner with renowned Indian rural activist Ms. Ruma Devi, winner of the 2018 Nari Shakti Puraskar Award. Announced on the occasion of the International Day of woman in March 2022, the collaboration aimed to improve access to primary health care services for the rural population. The Aster Volunteers Mobile Medical Clinic is the first step in bringing the partnership to life.
Aster Volunteers, in its effort to help people in remote and rural areas of northern India, started with the launch of 3 mobile medical units in Kaithal (Haryana), Railmagra & Barmer (Rajasthan) and a medical screening camp 6 days free for women and children from Barmer tribal area and neighboring villages in Rajasthan. Through the 6-day program, the units touched over 1500 lives and educated them on personal hygiene, common health issues and disinfection.
As part of Mission Barmer 2022, a team of volunteer doctors – specialists in obstetrics and gynecology from the clinics and pharmacies of Aster Hospitals, Dubai; Senior pediatric consultants from Aster CMI Bengaluru and pediatric cardiac surgeons from Aster Medcity, Kochi and a team of Aster volunteers camped at Barmer with local volunteers. They had been screening women and children in the Barmer district since the 23rdrd of July. The current mission will also introduce several skills development initiatives that will continue for the rest of the year.
Ruma Devi, recipient of Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honor for women in India, founder of Ruma Devi Foundation and resident of Barmer, inaugurated Mission Barmer 2022. Along with the launch of Mission Barmer 2022, a rural health initiative , Aster Volunteers also unveiled 3 Mobile Medical Units to benefit the rural population of Kaithal and Railmagra with the support of Ashok Leyland, Hinduja Foundation and Roots Foundation.
Dr. Azad Moopen, Founding Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare, said, “Mission Barmer 2022 was designed to address the need identified in the marginalized section of rural women. The aim is to sensitize rural women in their familiar environment where they feel safe to participate. We hope that this initiative will help increase awareness of health care among rural women, which, in turn, will have the greatest impact on women. The education and empowerment of women is recognized as the most important tool for the health and well-being of the family, especially children”
Speaking about the initiative, Ms. Alisha Moopen – Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare said, “Aster DM Healthcare is very pleased to have initiated a long-term collaboration with the prestigious Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan founded by renowned activist and social worker, Ms. Ruma Devi Rural women have poorer health outcomes and less access to health care than urban women, due to social constraints Many rural areas have a limited number of health care providers especially health care providers for women, therefore medical camps such as these should play a vital role in establishing a positive environment for rural women to take the initiative in meet the health needs of their families and, more importantly, themselves This project will be aligned with several other women empowerment initiatives that Aster offers to throw.
Mrs. Ruma Devi added, “I would like to express my extreme appreciation for this initiative launched by Aster DM Healthcare and Aster Volunteers. We are very happy and fortunate that Aster has taken up this mission of empowering rural women and contributing its resources to promote the well-being of this neglected segment of the population.
Mission Barmer 2022 is an ongoing commitment, which will benefit a wider group of people locally with free medical intervention in rural areas of Rajasthan. The Aster DM Foundation plans to delegate more medical volunteers through its flagship volunteer initiative “Aster Volunteers”, a network of over 45,000 volunteers registered on a credible health platform in India and the GCC.
During the medical camp, any child who needs further examination or special surgery will be referred to Aster Medcity Kochi under the auspices of the Aster DM Foundation.
After the mega medical camp, on-the-ground partners such as the Human Welfare Foundation and the Ruma Devi Foundation will continue to contribute to Mission Barmer 2022 with clinical and skills assignments in partnership with Aster Volunteers.
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