Cancer care centre to come up in Tirupati

The Tata Trusts and the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) held a groundbreaking ceremony on 31 August, 2018 for the construction of a 300-bed cancer care facility in Tirupati.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the centre, to be called the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Cancer Care and Advanced Research, happened in the presence of several dignitaries, among them N Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, and Ratan Tata, the chairman of the Tata Trusts.

Following up on an agreement signed with TTD last year, the Trusts have set up a special purpose vehicle — the Alamelu Charitable Foundation — to implement this initiative. The objective is to ensure afford-able, accessible and high-quality cancer treatment and screening.

The cancer care centre is slated to become operational in June 2019 and will be equipped with modern technological systems and will offer a range of services, including reconstructive support, palliative care and rehabilitation.

The centre will provide accommodation for patients and their care-givers in order to reduce the expenses of those traveling from afar. The Tata Trusts have been working to set up a comprehensive cancer care network in India by collaborating with various state governments. Recently, the Trusts partnered the Government of Assam to operationalise 19 upcoming cancer care centres in the state.

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Cancer project in Nagaland

The Nagaland government and the Tata Trusts have come together to implement a project that aims to provide comprehensive cancer care in the state.

The collaboration will build on Nagaland’s public healthcare system to make cancer care accessible and affordable. A joint entity, the Nagaland Cancer Care Foundation, will implement the programme.

In addition to developing the Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima, the model envisages building capabilities at the district hospitals in Mon, Mokokchung, Phek and Tuensang by equipping them to offer confirmatory diagnostics and follow-up treatment.

The latest medical equipment will be installed to ensure that treatment can be provided in adherence with globally accepted standards, supported by awareness, screening and early detection programmes.

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Health project with tech focus

The Indian government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has joined hands with the Tata Trusts and Dell to develop a technology platform for the nationwide prevention, control, screening and management of non-communicable diseases (NCD).

The NCD programme will cover people over the age of 30 years and is one of the modules in the central government’s primary healthcare initiative.

Multi-activity centre for the elderly in Bhubaneswar

Odisha’s first state-supported multi-activity centre for senior citizens — ‘Anand’ — opened at Nayapalli in Bhubaneswar in September 2018. The centre has been developed by the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department, Government of Odisha, in consultation with the Tata Trusts, and has been implemented by the non-profit HelpAge India.

The objective of the centre is to address the needs of the elderly by developing a model of active engagement and awareness about health and wellness.

It will facilitate happy ageing through recreational and learning activities and by providing a platform for socialisation. The facility will also organise medical camps and provide counselling and medical support. The activities include entertainment, games, cultural evenings, yoga and physiotherapy.

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Badminton gets grassroots boost and more in Mizoram

The Tata Trusts have launched a three-tier badminton training initiative in Mizoram in partnership with the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation, the Mizoram Badminton Association and the Mizoram State Sports Council.

Under this initiative, 40 grassroot centres, six regional development centres and an apex training facility will be set up to develop badminton talent from across the state.

Launched by India’s chief national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, the three-tiered initiative will be implemented by the Trusts through its North East Initiative Development Agency.

At the base of the pyramid-structured programme is the grassroot centre, which aims to increase participation in the sport by reaching out to children in the 8-14 age group.

The grassroots programme, spread over all eight districts of Mizoram, will be targeting 1,600 children over three years. Since May, some 25 centres have become functional and about 800 players have been enrolled.

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Fluoride-free water on the purification agenda

The Tata Trusts and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) have collaborated on the Jeewan Jal project to ensure access to purified water in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. As part of the project, a water purification plant has been set up to provide fluoride-free water to the local community

The Jal Jeewan project will provide safe drinking water to 11 villages in five regions across the district. The project will reach out to 313 beneficiary households, 15 child-care centres and 14 schools in the district. The water purification unit has a capacity of 6,000 litres per day.

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