TATA MOTORS addresses child malnutrition in India

TATA MOTORS addresses child malnutrition in India

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Tata Motors under its health initiative ‘Aarogya aims to curb child malnutrition and undernutrition in India. The company has partnered with Nutritional Rehabilitation, Research and Training Centre (NRRTC) at Urban Health Centre (UHC) – a peripheral unit of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (LTMGH) in Dharavi, Mumbai. It has a 30-bedded Pediatric ward with about 600 severe malnourished children (about 45% females) being treated annually with Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

Sanvi Sakpal, a one year old baby, suffers from a medical condition ‘Thalassemia Major as a result of which she requires a monthly blood transfusion. A resident of Mahabaleshwar, she came to Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (LTMGH) in Dharavi, Mumbai for the treatment of Thalassemia and was referred to Nutritional Rehabilitation, Research and Training Centre (NRRTC) since she also happened to be malnourished. With the anthropometry of weight 4.84 kg, length 62 cm, Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) 10 cm, she was falling in the category of Severe Acute Malnutrition. After 3 months of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) treatment supported by Tata Motors under its CSR pogramme ‘Aarogya, Sanvi now weighs 6.71 kg, length 67 cm, MUAC 12.8 cm and is now recovered from severe acute malnutrition state to normal state.

Mr. Vinod Kulkarni, Head-CSR, Tata Motors said "For years, health has remained a frontrunner of all the programmes that Tata Motors has initiated for the society. Our health initiative ‘Aarogya aims to curb malnutrition, facilitate availability of clean drinking water to remote communities and provide preventive/ curative health services. Through our health initiatives, we have successfully helped move 89% of the malnourished children under healthy zone in FY 2017-18."

Under the health programme ‘Aarogya, Tata Motors has undertaken several initiatives such as:

  1. Running malnutrition treatment center at Jamshedpur where severely malnourished infants and children are medically treated for three weeks so that they achieve normal health as per WHO protocols.
  2. Running programmes to address leprosy, malnutrition, etc.
  3. At the companys other locations, nutritious food is provided to Anganwadi children in nearby rural and urban slum communities
  4. Mobile health clinics for remote tribal community outreach, offering last-mile aid
  5. Tied up with nutrition rehabilitation centres across India to raise awareness on the health of children, pregnant women and lactating mothers

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited a USD 45 billion organisation is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. Part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors is Indias largest and the only OEM offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 109 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea.

With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, Tata Motors is Indias market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top four in the passenger vehicles market. With ‘Connecting Aspirations at the core of its brand promise, the companys innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNextcustomers, fueled by state of the art design and R&D centers located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea. Internationally, Tata commercial and passenger vehicles are marketed in countries, spread across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

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