Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 -- (Business Wire India)
BAE Systems Chairman Dick Olver today flagged off a mobile mini hospital called
‘Smile on Wheels' that will provide primary healthcare services to underserved
communities in the city. The mini hospital is part of the Company's Corporate
Responsibility programme in India through which it supports development
programmes in the areas of primary education and healthcare in rural and urban
communities across seven states of the country. For this, BAE Systems has
partnered with Smile Foundation, a national level development organization with
an outreach of over 200,000 underprivileged children, women and youth across 25
The Chairman is leading the BAE Systems Board's first visit to India, one of its
five key markets. Accompanying the Board is Guy Griffiths, Group Managing
Director – International, Dean McCumiskey, Managing Director and Chief
Executive - India, and a number of Company leaders.
The ceremony, held at BAeHAL Limited, an engineering services and business
solutions Joint Venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and BAE Systems
(40%), also saw Mr. Ian King, CEO, BAE Systems plc, hand over the keys of the
mobile mini hospital to Smile Foundation's Chief Operating Officer Vikram Singh
Verma and Director and CEO of Bangalore Baptist Hospital Dr. Alexander Thomas.
Bangalore Baptist Hospital is responsible for the implementation of the ‘Smile
on Wheels' programme.
Richard Olver, Chairman, BAE Systems plc, said: “The India Community
Investment programme in India is a fine demonstration of our shared global value
of investing actively in the communities in which work, including supporting
social development. This healthcare programme is dedicated to the city of
Bengaluru, the home of the India Hawk and the country's aerospace sector which
is spearheaded by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, with whom we have the privilege
of a strong, trusted relationship borne of our longstanding collaboration on the
BAE Systems' support to the purpose-built Mobile Medical Unit enables
underserved urban communities in Bengaluru to avail doorstep access to a team of
doctors and nurses and state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities such as
X-Ray, ECG, IV fluid transmission and basic pathological testing. The programme
also envisages setting up referral linkages with local hospitals as well as a
establishing a Community Health Fund to become self-sustaining over the
long-term. In the first year of operations, the outreach of the Mobile Medical
Unit is estimated at over 20,000 people.
Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, Smile Foundation, said: “This new
Smile on Wheels is an excellent addition to our existing fleet of 23 mobile
health units and enables a further expansion of our programme in Karnataka. The
success of the Smile on Wheels model lies in its accessibility, availability and
affordability for target populations with a special focus on children and women.
With this, we are happy to deepen our partnership with BAE Systems as well as
join hands with Bangalore Baptist Hospital who have an excellent track record of
delivering community health services. I am confident that over time, the
benefits of this programme will extend far beyond health services and lead to a
measurable all-round improvement in the health-seeking behaviours of the
communities it serves.”
Dr. Alexander Thomas, Director and CEO, Bangalore Baptist Hospital, said:
“Bangalore Baptist Hospital has been serving the poor and underprivileged with
quality, ethical medical care for the past 40 years. We have been able to
overcome the barriers of financial and physical inaccessibility to health care
through our outreach services. We are indeed very happy to partner the Smile
Foundation in their “Smile of Wheels” project that would further strengthen
our efforts. We also thank BAE Systems for their support”.
To view the photographs,please click on the link given below:
Dick Olver, Chairman, BAE Systems and Ian King, CEO, BAE Systems, flag-off a
mini hospital Smile on Wheels in Bengaluru today
Dick Olver, Chairman, BAE Systems and Ian King, CEO, BAE Systems hand over the
ceremonial key of a mini hospital “Smile on Wheel"
Media contact details
+91 (11) 43412345 / +91 9811771912,
Contributed via: Bloomberg Publisher WEB Service
Provider ID: e4b1f763ef5b4646ad650c537ebabe2c
-0- Mar/28/2013 04:43 GMT
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.