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.
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.
To generate awareness and reduce the incidence of HIV/ AIDS, the Nodal Centre for AIDS at the Tata Main Hospital (TMH), Jamshedpur observed the 27th World AIDS Day on December 01, 2014 by reaffirming the theme "Getting to Zero - Focus, Partner, Achieve - An AIDS-free Generation". TMH has been observing this event since the last two decades and has taken proactive measures in this direction.
Some of the highlights of this year's month-long HIV/ AIDS awareness programme at TMH were –
- Events around the World AIDS Day began from the last week of November '14 observed as the World AIDS Week. A 'Slogan Competition' and 'Poster Competition' was organised for the students of the Nursing School at TMH.
- During the month of December, observed as the World AIDS Month, every Monday & Friday the nursing students spread HIV/AIDS awareness using models and posters among the patients and their escorts at TMH. The first awareness session was undertaken in the presence of Lt Gen (Retd.) Dr. G. Ramdas, GM (MS) who commented – "At TMH we are actively implementing initiatives to prevent new HIV infections, especially from Mother-to-child, to achieve an AIDS-free generation."
- The nursing students attended a range of educational sessions on HIV Updates, Infection Control, Personal Protection Equipment & Needle-stick Injuries.
- A 'Red Ribbon Campaign' was undertaken by the nursing students. They pinned a Red Ribbon on the general public including patients and their escorts at TMH to encourage them to support the cause.