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Larsen & Tourbo Sponsors Physiotherapy Equipment & Assistive Devices  

Patient satisfaction is an important and commonly used indicator for measuring the quality of services pertaining to healthcare and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy holds high significance in retaining the functional capabilities for people with amputations, polio, stroke patients as well as children with neurological issues and associated developmental delays. Having a well-equipped physiotherapy unit with state of art equipment and machinery augments the quality and pace of service delivery.

Ms Mitali Naika and Ms Elizabeth from L & T visited MI on 12th May, 2016 to inaugurate the various equipment sponsored through L & T’s CSR initiatives. They were given an orientation how these equipment will be benefitting the service users. During their visit, they had a chance to interact with the service users from the Yarabnagar community project of MI. Several assistive devices as per the need of service users has been sponsored and personally handed over.

Ms Mitali and Ms Elizabeth encouraged the service users for the regular use of assistive devices and to continue to pursue education and have a good quality of life. 

Northern Trust Visits Mobility India

Northern Trust, a Chicago based bank founded in 1889, has been operational in the domains of wealth and asset management and asset servicing. Their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts and initiatives are aligned with their guiding principles of service, expertise and integrity. Some of the focus areas of their CSR efforts are towards volunteerism, philanthropy, sound business practices, ethics and environment conservation.

Northern Trust team comprising of 4 members visited on 8th June, 2016 to understand and get a glimpse of the various activities carried out at Mobility India. They were provided with a facility tour & orientation on the in-house and out-house activities. A discussion was being held regarding how Northern Trust can extend their efforts to join with Mobility India for the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and can address the ever growing need.

Their feedback was “It was a great experience and interesting to know various aspects MI is working on. Thanks for having us!”.  

Strengthening the P & O Services in the underserved Regions of Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been in a near constant state of conflict and war since the late 1970s. Out of an estimated population of 16 million Afghans, there are at least 4 million who are refugees in neighbouring countries and 6 million internally displaced, vulnerable persons, primarily women, children and the elderly. They have equally compelling demands for basic assistance for their fundamental survival needs—food, clothing, shelter and medical attention.

Under these difficult circumstances, disabilities resulting from war or conflict, or endemic poverty, are extremely common. While there is a surging need of appropriate rehabilitation services, the existing facilities and services are inadequate to serve the existing and projected needs. Lack of available infrastructure, facilities, and adequately trained rehabilitation personnel compounds the underserved needs.

MI in collaboration with Handicap International (HI) and Swedish Committee Association (SCA) launched a training program for the teachers (ToT) for the 7 participants from Afghanistan. The training scheduled from 18th May to 14th June, 2016 aimed at strengthening the P & O services as well as capacity building of the participants as trainers for effective implementation and dissemination of the knowledge. The course outline was designed and delivered with effective theoretical aspects, group activities and practice delivery by the participants. 

A valedictory ceremony celebrating the journey and successful knowledge gain of the participants was conducted on 14th June, 2016 which was presided by Ms Romola Joseph, Board Member, MI, Ms Albina Shankar, Director, MI and Ms Ritu Ghosh, Deputy Director-TrainingMI. Participants shared their experience of the initial challenges, gradual adaptations and successful completion of the training and asserted the positive implementation of the learnings at their respective workplaces. 

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