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On March 21st, SRCF launched its Dental Unit, a first of its kind dental services for the residents of Ramtekdi which is an urban slum, near Hadapsar Pune. The inauguration received a warm response from the community and is a welcome addition to Anand Chhaya, our medical services centre in the slum. The Dental Unit builds on existing Medical OPD and Physiotherapy OPD services which are already being offered.

As per the survey conducted by SRCF in association with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, 37% of elders have dental problems.
Anand Chhaya’s Dental Unit has all the necessary equipment required to address most common dental procedures such as root canals, scaling, filling, extractions, crowns, bridges and dentures. Under an arrangement with AFMC’s Dental Department, which is close by, complex cases will be referred to them and will be treated for free.

On Sunday, March 26th, SRCF held a dental camp to create awareness about its dental services at Anand Chhaya. To promote SRCF’s view that it is not dentistry that is expensive but neglect, the consultation charge was kept at a most affordable INR 10 per consultation. 77 residents of all ages attended the camp.

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Because tomorrow needs her

There is a saying, ‘when the queen is happy there is peace in the kingdom’. However, we believe that ‘when the queen is healthy and happy only then can there be peace and prosperity in the kingdom’. So SRCF found no better day than 08th March, International Women’s Day, to conduct a health camp for the women of Ramtekdi community, focussing on Breast Cancer and Anaemia.

Senior Gynaecologist Dr Gupta conducted a talk on Breast Cancer and a group session for women, wherein they were taught different methods to screen themselves for Breast Cancer. The women were later on examined by Dr Gupta as well.

45 women from the community took the Haemogram test, which was offered at reduced rates. The result of the tests revealed 8 women to be anaemic, with a Haemoglobin (Hb) count ranging between 7 and 9.

SRCF is planning to conduct a group session for these women in end of March, to educate them about Anaemia and the different ways to improve their Hb count. We are working on identifying partners who can support SRCF’s efforts to reduce the incidence and severity of Anaemia in the community.

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When it comes to health, there is no ‘them’ only ‘US’

As an organization, we strongly believe that all individuals, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or economic status, should have access to the best possible medical care. In keeping with this belief, we established ‘Anand Chhaya’ – a medical facility in Ramtekdi, Pune which is one of the largest slums in Pune.

Over the past two months, we have supported the residents by extending Medical and Physiotherapy services at our Facility as well as at their homes.

We constantly endeavour to reach out to the largest number of people not only for treatment purposes but also for spreading awareness about different health conditions.

In January of this year, we conducted a health camp to create awareness about the importance of physio-therapeutic interventions and exercises in managing chronic orthopaedic ailments such as Arthritis, Frozen shoulder, etc.

In February, we held a medical camp to address problems related to Diabetes and Hypertension. The team focussed on creating awareness about the common yet life impacting medical conditions, their early identification and effective management to avoid further complications. The camp was attended by 83 residents of the community, showing their active participation in improving their community’s health on the whole.

On International Woman’s Day, next week, our team is working towards assessing overall health of women in the community with a focus on Diabetes, Anaemia and Breast Cancer.

If you would like SRCF to conduct health camps in your community of choice, please feel free to contact us.

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No one has ever become poor by giving

All work done by SRCF is driven by its vision to provide individuals with the best possible supervised, personalized and appropriate care, in order to restore optimal health, independence, dignity and quality of life, while making health care accessible to all. Working with this vision, SRCF started “Anand Chhaya”, a healthcare facility in the Ramtekdi community.

Besides providing medical services, SRCF is also working towards helping the community seniors procure monthly pensions. Under Pune Municipal Corporation’s Mata Ramai Bhimrao Ambedkar Scheme, seniors receive a monthly pension of Rs. 1000/-, while under the Central Government’s Shravanbal Seva Rajya Nivritti Vetan Yojana, seniors receive a monthly pension of Rs. 600/-. Since many seniors are unaware of these schemes or the process for registering themselves, SRCF is assisting them in procuring the required documents and filling the forms.

There are around 1500 elders residing in the Ramtekdi community, 500 of whom have already been identified by SRCF. Documentation procedure for 106 seniors has already been completed, with SRCF aiming to cover all 500 by December 2017. Although Rs. 1000/- may sound like a small amount to most of us, but it has vast implications for the seniors and the community.

Once the disbursal of the pension begins, the seniors will have a fixed amount of money at their disposal on a monthly basis without having to depend on their families. They could use the money for their medical needs and not ignore their health. Moreover, on a larger scale there would be an increase in the amount of money coming in the Ramtekdi community, which would not only boost the local businesses but also improve the living standards of the locals.

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Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation

As the year 2016 draws to a close, SRCF inaugurated its Senior Citizen Outpost Centre, “Anand Chhaya” in Ramtekdi for the elders of the community. The Centre is currently offering General Medicine OPD and Physiotherapy services and will soon be offering Dental services to the residents as well.

Ramtekdi community has over 1000 elders. In November of 2015, SRCF with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducted a survey on 500 elders of the community. The survey found 52% of the seniors to have Arthritis, 37% to have dental issues, 20% to have Blood Pressure and another 20% to have diabetes among other conditions.

In view of these alarming numbers, SRCF undertook the task of taking healthcare to the seniors ‘ doorstep and establishing a Medical Centre in the locality, for the benefit of the entire community. “Anand Chhaya” will provide health care services to the seniors at subsidized rates, so that neither the families nor the seniors themselves neglect their health.

The inauguration was met with a resounding response. More than 300 residents of the community attended the event, and the first day saw 65 elders registering for the services.

“Anand Chhaya” is not only the result of the effort put in by the members of the SRCF family but also the result of the kindness of people who shared our dream and donated to the cause. We thank each and every donor for helping us realize our dream.

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Dream it, Wish it, DO IT.

We are delighted to announce the start of our Home Physiotherapy services in Ramtekdi, an Urban Slum in Hadapsar, Pune.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducted a survey of the social and healthcare needs of 500 elders from the Ramtekdi community. Majority of these senior citizens are at or below poverty line. Over 50% were found to have Osteoarthritis of the knee, with pain and swelling, crepitus, difficulty in walking, and restricted range of movements. Cervical Spondylitis is another common problem, with the seniors complaining of neck muscle spasms, difficulty in neck movements, and tingling in hands.

Team SRCF has taken one step forward towards realizing its dream of providing quality health care services to seniors from the economically weaker sections at affordable costs.

SRCF is planning various other such interventions at Ramtekdi, for the benefit of the seniors residing in the Community.

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It’s not about you or me but US

There is a saying, ‘To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours’ and we at SRCF are fortunate and grateful to be able to do that on a daily basis. At SRCF, we have an Elder Day Care Centre for seniors with Dementia. We also provide home nursing and physiotherapy services. Moreover, we also conduct medical camps free of cost in different societies, with the idea that if seniors can’t come to our Centre, at least the services can be provided to their doorstep.

SRCF believes that all seniors deserve to be treated right. In addition, according to a survey conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, that identified 500 seniors in the Ramtekdi community, a number of alarming details related to the seniors’ health and lifestyle came forward.

Accordingly, SRCF conducted a free medical camp for seniors of the economically disadvantaged Ramtekdi Community. A total of 120 locals attended the camp, of which 36 were senior citizens. Malnutrition, Diabetes, Hypertension and Osteoarthritis were commonly noted among the seniors, along with Ophthalmological and Dental issues.

Considering the needs of the Ramtekdi community, SRCF in collaboration with a leading hospital from Pune, is planning various medical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial interventions for the senior citizens of the community.

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