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BAE Systems signs pact with Smile Foundation

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on November 08, 2012 Published on November 08, 2012

‘Smile on Wheels’, a mobile medical unit, equipped with latest equipment and trained personnel will be deployed to serve select underserved population clusters of Bangalore City.

BAE Systems’ support to the unit will facilitate doorstep access to a team of doctors and nurses and modern medical equipment and facilities such as X-Ray, ECG, IV fluid transmission and basic pathological testing.

The programme also envisages setting up referral linkages with local hospitals as well as a establishing a community health fund to become self-sustaining over the long-term, a company release said.

The initiative will be part of a long-term partnership announced on Wednesday by BAE Systems with Smile Foundation, a national level development organisation to support efforts in primary education and healthcare.

Through the partnership, the UK headquartered BAE Systems, which has operations in Hyderabad has committed support to the educational mainstreaming of over 1,000 children aged between 6-16 years across seven rural and urban locations in six states nationally. These are Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

Smile Foundation has an outreach of over 200,000 underprivileged children, women and youth across 25 states.

Dean McCumiskey, Managing Director and Chief Executive, India, BAE Systems, said, the partnership with the foundation would help establish a national footprint for our Corporate Responsibility programme in India”.

> somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in





Published on November 08, 2012
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