On 23 August 2017, Uplift began its operations under the ICMIF 5-5-5 program in Pune. Uplift has partnered with Samagra, a Pune based social enterprise, which provides affordable and accessible sanitation services to 10,000 urban poor. To mark the launch a mutli-speciality health screening camp was organized at Warje Ramnagar in Pune for slum dwellers. Around 200 plus people registered for the camp out of which 168 were screened. All the members who attended the camp were given free nutritional supplements.
“We received an overwhelming response from the community today. Within 6 hours around 200 people of various age groups attended the health camp and got themselves screened for multiple diseases. The doctors were very encouraged by the response and gave every patient sufficient time though the number of patients were high.” says Kumar Shailabh, Executive Director Uplift Mutual.
Dr Amit Wadkar, Health services Manager at Uplift elaborates, “We wanted to organise a camp that could be of value to all age groups. The specific needs of the community such as high percentage of anaemia, arthritis and issues related to eyes was conveyed to us by the Samagra field staff. We had tapped into our network of doctors to ensure that the camp was attended by gynaecologist, orthopaedic, ophthalmologist in addition to the blood testing for haemoglobin”.
The MOU with Samagra was signed in June 2017. The first three months (June-August) were primarily devoted to preparatory ground work, which includes setting up network and health services set up, field team recruitment and their capacity building, promotional and marketing activities.
Dr Nandini, Director Operations at Uplift, “Now that we have finished the ground work, our target is to enrol 5000 members in Pune by end of December 2017. Marketing and education activities will continue alongside the enrolment drive. On the services front, the health care providers network is already in place and we have hired a doctor for Pune. Our team is very excited about expanding our services to Pune”.
About the Project
Through ICMIF’s 5-5-5 Mutual Microinsurance Strategy, Uplift aims to bring health mutual aid solutions to an additional half a million low-income people in Mumbai and Pune over the next five years. The project was launched in August 2016 and is supported by ICMIF members, The Co-operators (Canada), Länsförsäkringar (Sweden) and the Achmea Foundation (The Netherlands).