Syngene is working on improving the public healthcare system by driving innovation, operational efficiency and productivity. eLAJ Smart Clinics have been instituted at 20 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Rajasthan and Karnataka, in partnership with the Government, to strengthen services and support health information management.
The eLAJ clinics offer preventive, early diagnosis and treatment for better health outcomes and reduce out-of-pocket expenses for patients. The in-house electronic patient record platform and real-time dashboard shape the health system by enabling data-driven quality improvements. The widening of scope, quality and coverage of health services stimulates improved utilisation and patient satisfaction.
As per the GLOBOCAN 2012 report, oral cancer is the most common cancer among Indian men and fifth most common cancer among Indian women. According to NFHS-4 (2015-16), 44% of Indian males use tobacco in some form, and 29% consume alcohol. The initiative to control oral cancer includes, though not limited to poverty alleviation, health and wellbeing and economic growth.
Syngene, through the Biocon Foundation, collaborates with the Governments of Karnataka and Rajasthan as well as reliable partners such as KLES Institute of Dental Sciences (KLESIDS) and Narayana Health (NH) in Bengaluru and Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR), Dimapur, Nagaland. The Biocon Foundation collaborates with KLESIDS to conduct outreach programs and set up primary dental health facilities in urban slums and rural areas.
An Independent Oral Cancer Task Force comprised of highly acclaimed experts has been set up to develop a strategy for oral cancer control in India over the next decade. Biocon Foundation will implement programs under their guidance.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reports that breast, cervical and ovarian cancers are the most common cancers affecting Indian women. As per NFHS-4 (2015-16), less than 16 per cent of women have undergone a cervical examination and less than 13 per cent women have had a breast examination in the age group 15-49 years in Karnataka.
Biocon Foundation implemented the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), a flagship program of the Government, to provide antenatal care to pregnant women at its PHCs adopted under a public-private partnership with Government of Rajasthan. The Foundation also upgraded infrastructure for institutional delivery at PHCs and associated Sub Centres in Sawai Madhopur and Jhalawar districts in Rajasthan. Our postnatal services cater to the health needs of mothers and new-born babies.
The International Agency in Research for Cancer (IARC) observed that Asia lags in cancer screening. Most of the cases are detected at an advanced stage and result in high mortality. Screening for early diagnosis is cost effective and has shown positive outcomes.
The focus on women’s health aims to improve their access to primary health services, especially sexual and reproductive health care has far-reaching impacts on improving nutrition, health and well-being, gender equality and reducing inequalities.
The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16, report that 15% of the Indian population above the age of 18 years have mental health issues requiring active intervention. The prevalence is higher in urban areas. India’s National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) and Mental Health Bill 2017 speaks of the need to generate awareness about mental health, remove the associated stigma and strengthen health centres for its management.
Doctors from the Department of Community Medicine specialised in the management of common mental disorders at the primary level and psychiatrists from St. John’s Medical College & Hospital provide consultation for slum dwellers in an urban setting. Community Health Workers (CHWs) help spread awareness about mental health in the community and bridge the gap by referring potential cases to the clinic held every month. Patients are reassured and encouraged to seek timely help.
School Health Program
Between December 2017 and January 2018, Biocon Foundation helped fund 831 high school students, between the age group of 12-16 years, from 10 government schools to undergo intensive sessions on nutrition, the human reproductive system, menstrual hygiene, prevention of reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections, cervical cancer and prevention of sexual harassment. The Foundation also supported the initiative by way of administrative help, tools, supplies and logistics; as well as our tertiary partners contributing with the necessary technical expertise and trainers.
The learnings were reinforced through Menstrupedia books, containing information on menstrual & personal hygiene, reproductive health and nutrition.
Child Health & Nutrition
The Well Baby Clinic is undertaken in partnership with the Department of Community Health, St. John’s Medical College and Hospital. The hospital provides medical consultation to children at the monthly Well Baby Camps organised at our eLAJ Smart Clinic. The initiative predominantly lends a helping hand to children of migrant workers dwelling in urban slums.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been an integral part of our valuable response to undernutrition and maintain strong connections with grassroots workers (AWW, ASHA and ANM), families and communities.