In Tata Steel’s areas of operation, efforts of Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) and the Tata Steel Family Initiatives Foundation (TSFIF) cover the rural and peri-urban population through basic health care amenities.
Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Tata Steel Family Initiatives Foundation (TSFIF) and Urban Services have been building capacity through training programmes to create community based healthcare partners as well as grass-root volunteers. Tata Steel also partners with local government agencies in implementing healthcare programmes of Central and State Governments, including the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). In 2013-2014, nearly 3.50 lakh people benefited from primary healthcare services in areas of operation.
Maternal and New born Survival Initiative
In 2012-2013 Tata Steel primary healthcare interventions touched 419,000 lives while a targeted Maternal and New born Survival Initiative reduced the percentage of infant deaths from 6.15 to 1.58 and percentage of neonatal deaths from 5.9 to 1.15.
Started in 2009, Project MANSI is a public-private initiative, being implemented by TSRDS in partnership with American India Foundation and the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Jharkhand. SEARCH, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra has also provided technical guidance in this Project. MANSI aims to reduce maternal as well as infant mortality and morbidity in Seraikela block of Seraikela-Kharaswan district in Jharkhand. Capacity building of Sahiyas (village level volunteers under NRHM) to improve practices on maternal and infant health is a part of the many initiatives undertaken through the Project. During Deming Grand Prize 2012 assessment, the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) recognised MANSI as a best practice to check infant mortality, which can be a model for India as well as the world at large.
The project has undertaken interventions in Antenatal & Postnatal Care, Breast-feeding awareness, Immunisation, Birth Spacing and New born Care.
Family Planning Camps
Laparoscopic Tubectomy (LTT) and Non-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) camps are organised both in-house at TSFIF and outreach clinics covering three districts of Jharkhand namely East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan and at mining locations.
Healthcare Services through Camps
Mega health camps are organised to deliver primary healthcare services as well as curative interventions such as detection and removal of cataract, distribution of aids and appliances to the disabled, as well as to treat anaemia, psychosomatic disorders, dermatological conditions, diabetes and general ailments.
Hygiene and Sanitation
To minimise the risk of diarrhoeal diseases due to open defecation, use of low cost toilets is being promoted in the villages. TSRDS in collaboration with District Water and Sanitation Mission, has converted Gram Panchayats to 'Nirmal Gram' with villages having 100% covered- toilets.
Health Awareness Camps
TSRDS follows a systematic approach to organise community-based general health awareness programmes. The main aim of these health awareness camps is to educate and motivate people to take responsibility of their own health and that of the community.
Training Health Workers
Through its clinics and projects, TSRDS especially focuses on creating village-level health cadres who can manage and deliver basic healthcare services. Health workers undergo training sessions on human anatomy, basic illnesses and remedies. After being trained, they are given a stock of basic medicines. These health workers often become the first source of medication for villagers, and the first to record and diagnose common illnesses.
Under Project ‘ROSHNI’, a joint initiative by Government of India and Tata Steel, tribal girls from extremist affected areas are trained as nurses. They are trained in batches of 30 through ANM (Auxiliary Nursing and Mid-Wifery) courses at two nursing institutes in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
Committed to nurture a healthy community in and around its areas of operations, Tata Steel, in association with the Government of Jharkhand, has launched a month-long campaign to observe Vitamin A Supplementation, Deworming and Immunization of children less than 5 years of age. The Campaign, that commenced on June 01, 2015, is being held at the Sonari Community Centre in Jamshedpur.
The initiative is an important step forward to accelerate child survival and development. Vitamin A supplementation offers the child a better chance of survival and lowers the risk of being infected by fatal diseases. Children who are dewormed also have a better nutritional status, grow faster, and develop better learning skills.
In keeping with the Company’s vision and its intent to look after the Health Care of the community in and around Jamshedpur, Urban Services under Corporate Relations Division undertakes various initiatives such as providing Free Medical Check-ups to underprivileged bustee members, especially women and children. Mobile Medical Teams operate in the rural and sub-urban areas to extend medical help. Once every year, school children are also examined and given further help.
A free medical camp was organised on May 3, 2014 at Babudih bustee. More than 400 bustee members benefitted through the camp. Similar medical camps have been organised earlier on April 19 and 26, 2014 at Bagunhatu and Nandnagar respectively.
TSRDS Jharia organised a General Health Awareness Camp at Patia basti on 17th April 2014, in which 48 patients were screened by Dr. A. Mukherjee, Sr. Specialist, Occupational Health, TCH. In this special camp organised for leasehold villages, villagers were educated about their general health and well-being.
TSRDS has an elaborate and systematic plan to organise community-based general health awareness programmes for the spread of useful information. The main aim of these health awareness camps is to educate and motivate people to take responsibility of their own health and that of the community.
It is very important for every individual to have a complete understanding of his or her well-being. Some of the general health concerns that people should be aware of include sleep patterns, digestion, sudden gain or loss of weight, oral and skin health, general physiology and emotional well-being. A simple self-assessment is a good way to get started on this.
In addition to poor socio-economic conditions, people also face difficulties on account of their social inhibitions and lack of knowledge. These health awareness programmes are organised regularly with the help and support of volunteer Doctors.
The programme was organised under the leadership of Mr. Keshav Ranjan, Unit Head, TSRDS. Others present during the programme were Dr. P. K. Mahato, Medical Officer, TSRDS, Dr. B. Patra, Homeopathy Medical Officer, TSRDS, Mr. Kumar Sandeep, Pharmacist and Mr. Satyadeo Prasad, Sr. Asst., TSRDS.
Every year, 7th of April is celebrated as the World Health Day across the world to mark the inception of the World Health Organisation (WHO) founded in 1948. The theme for 2014 was ‘Small Bite, Big Threat’. On this occasion, Tata Steel's CSR department through its operating arms i.e. TSRDS and TSFIF organised awareness camps at several locations in its areas of operation. An Awareness-cum-health camp was organised at Feeder Model School in Nadiabhangato, Kalinganagar. Pupils of the school and residents of the nearby villages attended the camp. A total of 75 patients benefited from the health camp with free check-up and medicines. A programme focusing on generating awareness on vector-borne diseases and precautions to prevent its occurrence was organised at the Baghbera Community Centre, Jamshedpur. A quiz was also conducted to assess the level of knowledge gained by the participants at the end of the programme. The participants included adolescents and young married women as well as pregnant and lactating mothers. Nearly 70 participants, including students and teachers took part in the awareness programme organised at Utkramit Madhyal Vidhaylaya, Binua, Manoharpur. All sessions included explanations on the causes of vector-borne diseases and gave tips on maintaining a healthy life.