Following the vision of its legendary leaders that health is indeed wealth, TAFE has, since inception continued to work tirelessly to make affordable and advanced healthcare available to all. In a developing country like India, healthcare remains a sector that requires continuous nurturing for qualitative care to filter down to the lowest strata in a manner that is proactively provided, cost-effective and easily accessible. The following are the projects that have been institutionalized through meaningful partnerships in the true spirit of service.
In June 2016, the TAFE Foundation dedicated the 'Sri. A. Sivasailam Block'
through Sankara Nethralaya, to provide specialty eye care to the
community. Built in memory of TAFE's former chairman, Mr. A. Sivasailam,
this block is the embodiment of his dream to provide high quality,
affordable healthcare to all. It is also an effective example of a partnership
where TAFE has meaningfully aligned with a world-renowned eye care
facility in India to provide top quality care.
The Sri. A. Sivasailam Block houses six floors of specialty ophthalmic care, modern infrastructure, world-class equipment and advanced facilities, specially tending to Cornea, Vitreo Retinal issues and Glaucoma among other services. It consists of a contemporary and new age auditorium aided by the latest IT enabled audio-visual facilities dedicated to the memory of Ms. Jayshree Venkatraman - former chairman, AMCO Batteries, an Amalgamations Group company and former Director of TAFE. The auditorium serves as a platform for eminent ophthalmologists and eye care practitioners to exchange knowledge, innovations, experiences and best practices in the field of ophthalmology through talks, symposiums, forums and meetings.
Approximately 600 patients avail free or low cost, high quality eye care at the facility every day and free eye care is also offered through the special Sunaina scheme to TAFE's employees and close associates. Sunaina was a unique initiative that brought together in a social endeavor, an array of TAFE's stakeholders including its dealers. Sunaina facilitates TAFE's dealers, associates, employees and their families to avail free eye treatment and eye surgeries at Asia's premier eye care institute.
As with all TAFE's CSR initiatives, this association aims to make a consistent and lasting contribution towards the community.
Health Care for Children
Cancer Care - TAFE, amongst its several social outreach initiatives, has
generously contributed towards the treatment of over 300 children
with curable cancers since 2013 at the Adyar Cancer Institute,
a world-renowned institute acknowledged for its missionary zeal. The
cancers which are most commonly treated in the institute include
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (40%), Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Hodgkin Lymphoma (5-7.5%).
TAFE's support and the diligent efforts of the Adyar Cancer Institute in the recent years have resulted in close to 95% survival in patients with Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Hodgkin Lymphoma, paving the way to a healthier future for these children.
Launched under the auspices of the Child's Trust Medical Research Foundation in 2010, as a research and medical care project to focus on paediatric lymphoma, the project provided for free medical care for children at the Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust hospital and the re-modelling of three wards to make them suitable for child-friendly patient care, post radiation and chemotherapy. The programme has also provided for review, monitoring and further care as necessary. 80-85% of patients under this research-cum-care programme benefitted by remission or cure.
Intensive Care and Surgery - With a total area of 4400 square feet, the newly renovated Neonatal Intensive Care is run and maintained through TAFE's benefactions. The renovation to treat critical neonates has upgraded the bed unit capacity and created an exclusive space for triage, paediatric anesthesia, pressure support ventilation and a fully equipped trauma care operation theatre to treat critical neonates.
The Chamraj Estate in Nilgiris has a full-fledged hospital and four
dispensaries fully equipped with a Lab, X-Ray, ECG, EEG, Operation
Theatre, Dental Care, Ophthalmology, Diabetology and Pathological Labs.
The hospital is also a center for family planning. Expert staff, including
surgeons and anaesthesiologist, are available on call 24x7. Today, the
Chamraj hospital treats 25,000 patients a year. The hospital is run directly
by the United Nilgiri Tea Estates Company Limited and TAFE.
Sri Paramakalyani Hospital in Tamil Nadu was established in 1963. TAFE has participated in this initiative of the Amalgamations Group for over five decades. The hospital attends to the needs of indigent public including students, teaching and non-teaching staff of respective institutions by providing free medical services and medicines.