About Project


Varishthajana Swasthya Sewa Abhiyan (VSSA) is a joint initiative of HelpAge India and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation LTD. (ONGC) to implement 20 Mobile Medicare Units (MMUs) across India under the ONGC Corporate Social Responsibility. ONGC has taken a bold step to reach out to those who were the teachers, the farmers, the freedom fighters, the ordinary people of yesteryears. Today India has a population of 90 million elderly of which many have no means of support. By this support ONGC hopes to make India's excluded elderly live out their years in comfort and dignity.

Varishthajana Swasthya Sewa Abhiyan (VSSA) project was officially launched on 27th April 2010 by Sh. Salman Khurshid, Hon’ble Minister of state (Independent Charge) for Corporate and Minority Affairs in the presence of  Sh. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Sh. R.S. Sharma, CMD, ONGC, Dr. A.K. Balyan, Director (HR), ONGC, Sh. A.B. Chakravorty, GGM-Chief CSR and Mr. Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive, HelpAge India.

As the name suggests the project is aimed at reaching out to the elderly population in the operational area who have limited or no access to healthcare delivery facilities either due to poor services by the existing healthcare facilities or in affordability due to lack of financial resources or other physical / mobility reasons.

The MMU  free services for elderly includes Medical Consultation, Medicines, Basic Diagnostics test, Home care visits for bedridden elderly, Physiotherapy Care,  Organise Speciality Health Camps, Palliative Care and Training and Health Education & Awareness in the community.

The MMU Team comprises of a Medical Consultant, a Social Protection Officer, a Nurse, a Driver and a Physiotherapist.

Today in India, we have an elderly population of more than 90 million of which many have no means of support and mainly to sustain their lives through medication and maintain healthy living.

 
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