Toyota Kirloskar Motor & its employees collaboratively engage in improving community health -
Bangalore, 18th Nov 2017: Toyota Kirloskar Motor today inaugurated a Mobile Medical Unit [MMU] and conducted a specialized health camp at Ramnagara. In line with its continuous community development initiatives undertaken in the vicinity of the plant. The event which was held at Government High School in Sheshagirihalli, also marked the launch of Toyota’s first employee volunteerism engagement ‘ICARE’, aimed at inciting a sense of social responsibility and care towards the society. The camp which was inaugurated by Ms. R. Latha, IAS – Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat [Ramanagara District], Ms. Sunanda Venkatesh, President – Manchanayakanahalli Gram Panchayat Dr Arun Kumar, District Tuberculosis Officer and Dr. T. Amaranath, District Health Officer – Ramanagara District in the presence of Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President - Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Mr Sudeep Dalvi, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. This primarily aims at providing free medical check-up and healthcare facilities to the communities actively supported by Toyota employees in mobilizing of community members, raising awareness and providing assistance to ensure smooth functioning of the activity.
Mobile Medical unit project was undertaken with an objective to cater to the medical requirements of the inaccessible villages by providing them the preventive & curative health care services and simultaneously strengthening the Government health care system as a sustainable measure. On a pilot basis, we have initiated this activity to provide better health care services to the community in the inaccessible villages. The inaccessible villages are those villages which are not able to reach to the government health care. In addition, specialized health camps will be organized on monthly basis by doctors from different specialties such as Gynecology, Orthopedics, Dental, Pediatrics and General Medicine. Medicines and consultation will be free, medical referrals and regular follow-ups will be done for critical cases. Through MMU, we are aiming to bring down the life style prone diseases [such as Diabetes, Blood pressure, etc] and seasonal diseases [like Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, etc]. Also, owing to Byramangala lake contamination, more cases are registered under skin related diseases, which will be effectively addressed through this MMU in the surrounding villages. Commenting on Toyota’s initiative, Ms. R. Latha, IAS – Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat said, “We thank Toyota Kirloskar Motor for their continuous efforts towards the various community development initiatives undertaken in Ramnagara. We hope that this mobile medical unit and specialized health camps will provide easy access to quality health care services for the health benefits of the villagers, thus well-being of the society at large”. Speaking on this initiative, Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “It has been Toyota’s continuous endeavor to enrich the community we live in, with our CSR initiatives by understanding and catering to the critical needs of the neighboring community. Access to quality and affordable healthcare service for everyone is of paramount importance, and we at Toyota hope that this Mobile Medical Unit and the specialized health camps conducted will address the immediate and critical needs of the community members. This program is also special for us at Toyota, as our employees have actively participated by voluntarily coming forth to support towards successful completion of this health camp activity. Toyota has been focusing on impactful embedment of the CSR policies into our business processes, and through employee engagement in our CSR initiatives, we aim to set the core values in our employees’ lives. This will not only inculcate a culture of sustainability and innovation within the company, but will also work as a platform for self-development, by giving a chance to enhance key skills such as teamwork, interpersonal communication etc. This indeed a proud moment and we are excited to build on the success of the first step in engaging our employees under this CSR initiative, which displays our company values and addresses some of the most pressing needs in our local neighborhoods” he added. As a responsible corporate citizen, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is constantly working towards the development of people, communities, and the earth at large. The company’s efforts over the years include rebuilding a local residential school, construction of water tanks in rural Bangalore benefitting the community in Ramnagara district, setting up water purification units across the country further benefitting 100,000 lives. The company’s focus is on sustainable interventions in the community with flagship programs such as Development of Model School, Lake Rejuvenation, Project ABCD [A Behavioral Change Demonstration] on school sanitation, Toyota Safety Education Programme, Driving Safety Training Programs, etc. Under Health & Hygiene, TKM has been actively involved in construction of sanitation units in government schools and educating the children on the usage of the sanitation units and focus on the behavioral aspects in the children & community as whole. Setting up of water purification units to provide safe drinking water to community and launch of Mobile medical unit for the sustained intervention in health care system with focus on providing the basic medical equipments to the Primary Health Centers. Overall through its CSR projects, TKM has touched over 9, 50,000 lives.