In 2016, PwC and Save the Children, India launched a marquee report ‘Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India’. The report focused on children especially from the vulnerable sections, which enabled decision makers to integrate the requirements and entitlements of these sections in the urban planning and implementation process.
The report helped us take pro-active steps to address the basic needs of children who require healthcare services. We partnered with NGO Bal Umang Drishya Sansthan (BUDS) to run a mobile healthcare service ‘Doctor on wheels’, which aimed to reach out to the orphans and vulnerable children in Delhi and a village named Ghasera in Mewat.
Dr. Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner (Child health and immunisation), Ministry of Health and Family welfare launched this initiative on 14 June. He was happy to know that this was adopted specifically for children and not only provided healthcare, but also focused on prevention of diseases and promotion of good health. He congratulated PwCIF and BUDS for the depth of involvement in designing this programme and promised to support this cause.
The initiative was much appreciated by the volunteers from NGOs such as Love Care Foundation and SETU. On the first day of its operations, the doctors examined 118 patients and over 48 children attended the workshop on health and hygiene.
The children from BUDS, who were present for the launch shared their journey of being picked up from the streets in vulnerable conditions and supported by BUDS to help them move forward in life. The launch was organised in Phul mandi, which was close to where the community members lived. The old people and street children reached out to our team to know more about the services. They were delighted by this as it would help them save time, money and be able to access quality healthcare.
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