Nagpur, April 4th, 2017:Tata Trusts has renewed its commitment to providing access to quality healthcare by partnering with Orange City Hospital & Research Institute(OCHRI) to empower the underprivileged children of Maharashtra with the gift of hearing. The partnership aims to provide hearing disabled children in the state withsubsidized cochlear implantsthrough the facilitation of life-changing surgeries.
The programis spearheaded by Tata Trusts and supported by the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).CMRF, under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, onwhose request this program was initiated. Tata Trusts in an effort to bring world class expertise to this program supportsthe leading cochlear surgeon–Padmashree Dr. M. V. Kirtane to perform 5 implant surgeries every month at OCHRI leading a team of surgeons namely Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar, Dr.Sameer Choudhary and Dr.Ajay Deshpande .
Speaking at the event to raise awareness and sensitize individuals on cochlear implant surgery,Mr.Kumar Chaitanya, Head, Finance & Individual Grant Program – Medical, Tata Trusts, said, “Compassionate grants form an integral part of our work. While Tata Trusts continues its efforts in large scale projects of social transformation not bound by geographies, the organization’s healthcare programmes assist patients on compassionate grounds. Through this partnership, we aim to reach out to those most in need, to enable them with the gift of hearing and bring about a sustainable, positive change in their lives.”
Dr.Anup Marar, Director (Administration) – OCHRI said, “Thegenerous patronage of Tata Trusts and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s relief fund has only ensured that Cochlear Implant Surgeriesare being regularly undertaken at OCHRI as part of OCHRI’s Freedom from deafness movement functioning under insignia of Project Geeta as named after congenitally hearing impaired sister of Shri.Udaybhaskar Nair, Chairman- OCHRI. We are grateful to Shri.Devendraji Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra & Tata Trusts for considering OCHRI as a partner to attain our common goal to provide succor to needy poor hearing impaired children who are brought back to mainstream with this revolutionary breakthrough highly advanced surgical undertaking. We request all our media brethren to reach out to treating doctors and parents of all underprivileged needy children and sensitize them about the availability of such a novel miraculous life transforming aid provided to them by Tata Trusts& CMRF at OCHRI.”
Tata Trusts’ Individual Grants Programme follows a comprehensive, systematic, and humane approach to identify individuals and organizations who require assistancein the areas of medical treatment and education. Tata Trusts has traditionally provided grants to educational& medical institutions, to individuals and non-profit organizations involved in addressing key problem areas in social development. They have helped set up and administer cancer treatment facilities such as the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and the Tata Medical Center in Kolkata, apart from strengthening health systems through bolstering technology in healthcare centers such as that in KEM and Sion Hospital among others.
Prominently present during this press conference were Smt.Kumudini Todankar, Assistant Manager –Individual Grants, Tata Trusts, Dr.Usha Nair-Director(Medical), Dr.Vidya Nair- Director( Operations), Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar- Convener- Cochelar Implant Surgery Program, Dr.Ashish Disawal&Ms. Kalyani Bhagwat- Audiologists and Smt.Manjiri Damle- CIP Coordinator, Orange City Hospital & Research Institute.
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