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Tata Steel's interventions in the area of health have brought much-needed preventive facilities to communities that would otherwise have no access to medical help.

Tata Steel places immense emphasis on empowering communities through health awareness. Tata Steel has expanded its interventions across all locations in partnership with Tata Steel's Health Services, Local Medical Institutions, Government Health agencies and Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS).

 

Initiatives on HIV/ AIDS Awareness

As early as 1990s, Tata Steel initiated a policy recognising the importance of HIV/AIDS interventions and since then various programmes have been designed to address current needs and concerns in HIV/AIDS. AIDS Awareness Programmes are a part of the activities undertaken by various departments of Tata Steel. In the field of HIV/AIDS, TSRDS works with high risk groups like truck drivers and female sex workers.

 

Focused initiatives include -

 

Street plays help villagers understand the mode of transmission of AIDS and preventive measures to be adopted

  • Counselling at Sneh Kendra, a ‘Single window’ health delivery concept.
  • Project “Kavach” involves various focused interventions like media events, counselling sessions, and ‘Khushi’ clinics for STI treatment that are organised throughout the year to minimise the risk of HIV/AIDS among truckers. This is an important step considering that Jamshedpur is a transportation hub in eastern India.
  • Project 'SATHI' - a residential community care centre is located in Ganjam, the 14th most vulnerable district in India in HIV/AIDS.
  • Bustee AIDS Awareness Sensitisation & Empowerment (BASE Project).
  • The MCH+ HIV/AIDS Awareness Health Camps, a joint initiative of Apni Baatein and BASE Project teams, spread HIV awareness through street plays and open quiz.
  • The Truckers Intervention Project implemented since October 2010, aims to minimise incidences of STI and HIV/AIDS among the trucker community through awareness. In FY13-14, more than 22,000 truckers availed clinical services at the Khushi clinic set up at Transport Nagar, Jamshedpur.

 

Adolescent reproductive and Sexual health

  • Project RISHTA (Regional Initiative for Sexual Health for Today’s Adolescents) is aimed to safeguard the youth from adverse effects of teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse and disease. More than 40,000 adolescents in 700-plus villages have been covered through home visits, individual and group counselling, health fairs etc.
  • The programme ARSH (Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health) has covered more than 53,000 adolescents in India through various health programmes that have been specifically designed for this age-group. This seeks to provide accurate information and also counselling during periods of crises.
  • TSFIF’s ‘Apni Baatein’ project aims to empower adolescents to make the right decisions related to their physical, social and emotional health.
  • The ‘Anaemia Control Project’ rolled out by TSFIS is aimed at reducing severity and prevalence of anaemia among adolescents of urban slums in Jamshedpur.

 

Malaria Control

The various factors that affect the high incidence of malaria include poor level of awareness, poor socio-economic condition, dense forest surrounding the villages and lack of immediate detection of malaria due to remoteness.

 

To combat the problem in its areas of operation, various initiatives have been taken by Tata Steel, TSRDS and the Tata Steel Hospital:

 

  • Identification of malaria prone villages and fogging and spraying with support from JUSCO.
  • Distribution of medicated mosquito nets in villages and fixing window nets at the houses.
  • Awareness campaign through folk play “Nukkad Natak”, referral services and wall writing.
  • Card test in villages for detection of malaria.
  • Awareness programmes for the early detection of the disease.

 

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Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur observes the 27th World AIDS Day

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