April 04, 2017

60 underprivileged children receive gift of hearing

Tata Trusts has partnered Orange City Hospital & Research Institute to provide subsidised cochlear implants for hearing-impaired children in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra

  • Tata Trusts, under their ‘Individual Grant Programme’ extends support to OCHRI for cochlear implant surgeries
  • The partnership has facilitated 60 cochlear implant surgeriesin the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in the year 2016-2017
Audiologists and members from the Tata Trusts and Orange City Hospital & Research Institute teams speak about the Cochlear Implant Surgery Project

Nagpur: 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 with subsidized cochlear implants through 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, on whose request this program was initiated. Tata Trusts in an effort to bring world class expertise to this program supports the 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, “The generous 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 assistance in 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.

The icing on cake was National anthem rendition by Master Mukund Karanjekar, CI beneficiary of this partnership who could not even hear or speak earlier.

About Tata Trusts:
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, Tata Trusts is amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served. Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant making, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy, the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation. For more information please visit http://tatatrusts.org/

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