New Delhi: As part of its CSR initiative, Ambuja Cement is providing healthcare treatment to over one lakh people annually through its project ‘Sakhi’.
Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) is the CSR arm of Ambuja Cements, which is the part of the global conglomerate LafargeHolcim.
The foundation through a group of well-trained women healthcare volunteers known as ‘Sakhis’ is providing preventive and promotive health services in nearly 200 villages across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
ACF has trained 352 women so far as Sakhis on various health-related aspects. .
Ambuja Cement Foundation Head Pearl Tiwari said, “We take pride in our Sakhi initiative that envisages development of healthy communities. It brings us immense delight to see the progress and results on the ground.”
“ACF realises the need to create more awareness on health and sanitation in rural India, which will lead to sustainable progress. We believe that women are important change agents in every community and our Sakhis are one of the best examples to prove this,” she added.
The foundation focuses on maternal, child and adolescent health; communicable and non-Communicable diseases and total sanitation & curative health.
These services are provided at the doorsteps through mobile medicare units, community health clinics, diagnostic centers and specialised health camps among others.
This ‘Sakhi’ project initiated in 2005. ACF has held over 5200 specialty health camps, facilitated construction of 30,000 toilets and achieved 100% toilet coverage for 131 villages.