As the primary healthcare system of the country suffocates due to lack of basic infrastructure, diagnostic tests for patients remain a distant facility for the PHC’s.
Under nutrition among mothers and infants is the root cause for steep maternal and infant mortality. Interventions addressing the nutritional needs of young mothers and not only benefit them but also save lives of newborns.
Little dietary neglect leading to vitamin deficiencies in the prime stage of a woman and child’s life risks their lifelong wellbeing.
The children of the tea plantation workers have access to formal educational facilities but unfortunately the scenario is plagued with several concerns as absenteeism and dropout from schools and the lack of value of education in the community.
An area has been intentionally kept uncultivated, within the garden premises of Diffl oo Tea Estate for the specific purpose of facilitating elephant and other wildlife migration between Kaziranga and Karbi Anglong. Together with Balipara Foundation, a dossier is being prepared of all the plant, animal and bird species found in here.
As part of our drive to ensure sustainable development, a key area of focus is to empower and encourage the most widespread profession, farming. APPL Foundation is actively working in Assam-Meghalaya border region by focusing on small holder farmer’s integration with main stream spices market through collaborative farming approach. The project started its field level operations from 1st July 2015.
In partnership with Tata Medical Centre (TMC), Kolkata, cancer screening is conducted at RHRC, Chubwa and the estate hospital in Damdim. Annually, 10 needy cancer patients from within the estate workforce of Amalgamated Plantations are provided with free cancer treatment at TMC. TMC’s housing facility for patients travelling from out of town in search of treatment will also be extended to the plantation patients free of cost.
Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy( IICP) is a specialist resource centre for cerebral palsy working since 1974 for the rights of persons with disability, particularly cerebral palsy. IICP is based in Kolkata but works on a national level in partnership with a close network of NGOs in many districts of West Bengal and 11 other states of India. It has vast international linkages and is working with advocacy groups nationally and internationally for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Vision Spring, in association with Amalgamated Plantations and APPL Foundation, conducted a vision screening program for the estate workers of three plantations in Dibrugarh, Assam. VisionSpring screened more than 4,000 tea estate workers and allied tea plantation populations with the objective of making the tea estate a refractive error free zone. The vision camps revealed a refractive error rate of more than 80%, i.e. more than 80% of the population screened had a vision problem which could be corrected with a pair of eyeglasses.
A medical outreach program, initiated in 1992, has been revived in the North Bank area of Assam in the last financial year. With only a small number of PHCs and specialist hospitals in this region, village communities have limited access to quality medical care. A state-of- the-art ambulance, donated by State Bank of India in August 2016, and a medical team, led by the doctor of Hattigor Tea Estate, reaches out to the village folk inhabiting this area, who are in desperate need of medical attention.