Essar Foundation has identified health has a focus area for its activities and organizes a variety of health camps in rural and semi-rural areas on a regular basis. One
such camp, supporting the government’s national Family Planning program,
was held on the occasion of World Population Day, at the Community Health Centre
(CHC) in Chandwa town, Jharkhand – about 4 km away from the Essar Power
project site in Tori.
The three-day camp, which commenced on July 11, 2012, was aimed at educating villagers residing near the Essar Power plant site, about popular family planning measures, such as laparoscopic tubectomy and sterilization.
Prior to the camp, a three-day awareness drive was launched. As part of the drive, a vehicle equipped with loudspeakers, banners and pamphlets moved within the locality to convince eligible couples to adopt family planning measures. Over 25 people, men and women, underwent the laparoscopic tubectomy and sterilization surgery at the camp itself. Each of them were incentivized by the Foundation in accordance with the government norms. Saris and blankets were distributed; provision for meals and transport were provided to the patients and those attending on them. The team of auxiliary nurse-midwives and village level health workers, who played a key role in the success of this program, were also given incentives.
The chief medical officer, who also led the team of doctors at the camp, was very appreciative of the company’s support in organizing the camp.