Aster DM Healthcare to provide 10,000 free medical investigations for the needy over the next 1 year in India and GCC
To be run by Aster Volunteers, the initiative was announced on occasion of Aster DM Healthcare’s 34th Foundation Day.
Bangalore, 15th December 2020: On the occasion of Aster DM Healthcare’s 34th Foundation Day, the organization has announced to donate 10,000 medical investigations in the next 1 year across India and GCC. The initiative, to be run by Aster Volunteers, the CSR arm of the organization, tackles the immediate need faced by many patients, underprivileged or under financial distress, in accessing much-needed medical investigation which would help them seek proper diagnosis and accurate treatment, but are deterred by high costs. This often leads to patients avoiding seeking the needed medical attention or late-stage diagnosis when the disease would have progressed to serious complications.
Speaking on the initiative Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare said, ‘‘We often come across many patients who require expensive investigations like CT Scans and MRIs for diagnosis of serious illnesses. Unfortunately, some of them are unable to carry out the investigations due to financial constraints. The sad part is that they could have been saved by a timely investigation with better treatment. This initiative will help such patients by providing high-end investigations free of cost through Aster Volunteers.’’
The medical investigations to be provided include MRI and CT Scan procedures. A detailed list of the medical investigations to be provided by Aster Hospitals in India and GCC can be found on the Aster Freein website along with the details of the application process. Any needy patient seeking to avail an investigation can reach out to the respective facility in each country and also apply on the website, along with supporting documents. At the same time, needy patients can be referred by doctors (internal & external), NGOs, support groups, medical colleges/ authorities to the nearest Aster unit offering the free investigation in a particular country.
About Aster Volunteers, the global CSR programme of Aster DM Healthcare
Aster Volunteers programme, the global corporate social responsibility initiative of Aster DM Healthcare, was launched on the occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and provides a platform which bridges the gap between people who would like to help with those in need. Driven by Aster DM Foundation, through various initiatives, the programme has been able to impact 2+ million lives across geographies. Aster Volunteers have been able to treat 290,986 individuals through mobile medical camps; 169,207 people have benefitted from basic life support training and 36,019 free surgeries, as well as health investigations, were conducted; supported with the recruitment of 114 differently-abled people and treated 533,146 people through medical camps. The aid programme in Somali land, Jordan, Bangladesh and Kerala have benefitted 288,158 people; while 21,302 children have benefitted under Child Health & Wellness initiatives. Aster Volunteers have also undertaken 142 initiatives towards Sustainability & Community Connect. These initiatives have impacted more than 2,210,258 lives.
Aster Volunteers have also been at the forefront of the battle against COVID – 19, with 46402 people having benefitted from mobile medical camps and 450,384+ from awareness webinars. More than 318,490 people have benefitted through the distribution of food and ration kits and 15,486 have received PPE kits. The team has also reached out to the community by distributing 2,200 gift boxes during the holy month of Ramadan and has worked towards answering of 16,697 distress calls during the global lockdown. Through these COVID initiatives, the team has impacted 850, 415 lives.