Health First – Caring for Rural Poor

HERD Foundation regularly organizes health camps in rural areas where it has been proactively working with tribal and rural populations. The objective is not simply providing health services but also creating locales where entire communities are sensitized to the dire importance of staying healthy. Camps draw out sick and infirm men, women, children and elderly in need of medical help. These camps have the benign presence of generous doctors who offer their services wholeheartedly.

The good doctors are instrumental in demonstrating to the associated medical team staffers how health issues may be dealt with rural communities in an empathetic and interactive manner. Camps are usually well attended as a result of pre-publicity that is done to mobilize patients, whose names, and follow-up details are duly registered. The camp activities usually also include sharing information about preventive measures and awareness on issues of health and hygiene.

As a well-known NGO in these parts run by Dr Amol Deshmukh, HERD Foundation recently organized two special, almost-free medical heath check-up camps for tribal people at Pauni in Ramtek Tehsil and for townspeople of Saoner. Held on January 10 and 12 respectively the camps had 180 patients at Pauni and 175 patients at Saoner to benefit from the care provided by the medical team. Each and every patient was given a personal health card; their details recorded and were offered counseling on the need to stay fit.

The health camps were for the benefit of rural and tribal populations living in Saoner town and Pench forest areas. They were intimated about the health camp through distribution of leaflets giving relevant information and by word of mouth publicity. The camps held from 10:00 AM until 02:00 PM extended well over the stipulated time as patients kept arriving steadily. A token fee of Rs 10 at Pauni and Rs 20 at Saoner was charged for offering a range of services.

As patients lined up before meeting the specialist doctors, they were taken care of by a medical team that recorded their history and basic profile – blood pressure, weight, physical examination by stethoscope and so on were all recorded in their health card file. Medicines were also prescribed and provided to patients who were diagnosed and were advised with due follow up to their ailments with HERD Foundation doctors visiting Pauni and Saoner.

The Pauni camp was monitored by Dr Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh – both co-founders of HERD Foundation. Dr Anuprita Bhadage and Dr Hemlata Kashyap, doctors devoted to Pauni Tribal clinic attended to the patients. In time Dr Suchika Gupta also undertook diagnosis and counseling for the benefit of the tribal patients. The range of afflictions included blood pressure, infections, skin disorders, diabetes, asthma, orthopedic injuries, abdominal pain, back pain and seasonal disorders.

The Saoner camp with a focus on orthopedics had the benefit of the presence of Dr Kuldeep Deshpande, orthopedic doctor from Sancheti Hospital, Pune who offered his services in the camp. Along with him Dr Sushma Gupta, Dr Kanchan as general physicians were examining and prescribing treatments to the patients. Dr Suchika Gupta present at the camp keenly observed the activities of the medical camp. Of the total number of 175 patients visiting the Saoner health camp 60% were for orthopedics, 25% for skin ailments and nearly 15% for general and pediatrics.

Dr Amol Deshmukh has been organizing these health camps under the auspices of “Doctor Aaple Daari” or “Doctor At Your Doorstep” consistently over the past three years, benefitting countless poor villagers in the region. HERD Foundation promotes such health camps with the aim to provide healthcare and awareness on fitness by rural populations. Follow ups are important to maintain quality of health camps and they also help to retain the faith of the people on the diligent treatments.

Independence Day 2017: Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ Speech

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Courtesy: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 14, 2017 4:09 pm

Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech delivered this day 70 years ago to the Indian Constituent Assembly in Parliament, just before midnight on August 15, 1947. As India celebrates its 71st Independence Day, it is easy to forget that today is also the 70th anniversary of the most important speech in Indian history.

Here is the full text:

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?

Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this Assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now.

That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

The appointed day has come—the day appointed by destiny—and India stands forth again, after long slumber and struggle, awake, vital, free and independent. The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken. Yet the turning-point is past, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about.

It is a fateful moment for us in India, for all Asia and for the world. A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materializes. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed!

We rejoice in that freedom, even though clouds surround us, and many of our people are sorrow-stricken and difficult problems encompass us. But freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we have to face them in the spirit of a free and disciplined people.

On this day our first thoughts go to the architect of this freedom, the Father of our Nation, who, embodying the old spirit of India, held aloft the torch of freedom and lighted up the darkness that surrounded us. We have often been unworthy followers of his and have strayed from his message, but not only we but succeeding generations will remember this message and bear the imprint in their hearts of this great son of India, magnificent in his faith and strength and courage and humility. We shall never allow that torch of freedom to be blown out, however high the wind or stormy the tempest.

We think also of our brothers and sisters who have been cut off from us by political boundaries and who unhappily cannot share at present in the freedom that has come. They are of us and will remain of us whatever may happen, and we shall be sharers in their good [or] ill fortune alike.

The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.

We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

To the nations and peoples of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.

And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service.

JAI HIND.”

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HERD Pharmacy Adopts Staggered Approaches

 

IMG-20170730-WA0010Since launching HERD Pharmacy two years back, HERD Group has been following a conscious decision to adopt a staggered approach in rolling out more outlets after due checks and balances. In some instances it makes complete sense to go for a full rollout. Like for instance the recent inauguration of the HERD Pharmacy and Clinic outlet at Saoner on August 1, 2017. HERD Pharmacy at Saoner is the first set-up outside city limits of Nagpur. It is a small town located north of Nagpur on the bank of Kolar River and is about 36 kilometres away.

In case of opening stores within the city we are yet following a more cautious approach. We feel it is better to make use of a staggered rollout adopting a gradual spread out process. The pharmacy team believes this approach has some advantages for us, at least for the time being.  The present scenario of market demand, property location and competitor’s positioning, will have us deciding only after minimizing risks and to continue making important improvements in engaging customer support.

A staggered rollout decidedly reduces risk while facilitating changes before you make the next important move. For instance when we plan to open more stores, we will do so by reducing risk by thoroughly checking out criteria like location, static traffic, visibility and competition in the area. After such evaluation and market viability will we make informed decisions on where and when to launch the next store.

We also believe that a staggered rollout will allow us to make effective changes in different areas. We will have to test things as they go, including customer percentages and need for improvements. By the time a new store is established it should be made user-friendly and operational from day one. For this we will have to transfer experienced staff to newer locations. Also new locations will have to seek out direct customer interactions, perhaps door to door initially so as to introduce the set-up.

HERD Pharmacy is fast emerging as a very visible health-care provider in the city. With its well-known backdrop of having been inducted by medical doctors and trained pharmacists, our chain stores are experiencing increasing traffic in several locations. Initiatives designed by a proactive HR department bring motivated health care providers to offer their best services taking customer care to greater heights.

HERD Pharmacy is considering additional locations and the marketing division is keeping a tab on locations and options. The next few months will be critical to step up retail-based clinics along with pharmacies. The gradual expansion plans will of necessity focus on recruiting staff and undertaking training for seamless health-care provision.

“Our attempt is to try and make it easy for shoppers and patients to really get the right care in all our locations, in quick time” says Dr Amol Deshmukh, promoter of the chain stores. “Especially in outlets attached with clinics we hope to focus on treating allergic reactions, common colds, coughs, earaches, stomach aches, throat infections and so on.” The clinics will provide physical examinations as also be offering referral services.

Importance of On-The-Job Training

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Dr Amol Deshmukh Giving Certificate of Appreciation to Mr Ramesh Sangare – Expert Trainer

July 13 saw HERD HR team organize a training workshop on Dynamic Supervisory Leadership Development for the benefit of HERD Pharmacy Group. The trainer from Human Resources Development Corporation, Mr Ramesh Sangare demonstrated how coaching employees in their given roles made a difference in motivation and propensity for work. Nearly 30 participants from the pharmacy unit along with key staff of the head office including Managing Directors, Dr Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta attended the training programme.

As we all know trainers play an essential part in the success of any team. They help develop and motivate team members. They have the knowledge and knack of bringing out the best in staff members and offer compelling information, examples and techniques to drive home points leading to success for creating a winning team. Undertaking this type of coaching while on-the-job becomes very purposeful as employees learn to attain higher levels of performance that ultimately brings success to the company.

It is for this reason that training employees for superior performance becomes quite important. Such trainings offer numerous benefits. While improving quality and productivity, they also boost enthusiasm and morale. Additionally they help strengthen relationships between employees and promote effective communication between all concerned. On the one hand it adds to the employees sense of job satisfaction and enhances team spirit too. Such continuous periodic trainings helps build trust and employee loyalty.

HERD HR Department therefore considers internal training programs for employees to be a very important area of work. They well know coaching helps employees improve performance and grow professionally. Besides helping develop closer and more effective working relationships among employees, such regular training get-togethers add to a sense of purpose for all concerned. Mr Sangare proceeded with day’s training according to the planned scheduled beginning with basics of motivation and team work.

HERD pharmacy unit started two years back is fast emerging as a visible brand pharmacy chain in Nagpur. Staff working in the pharmacy unit as Managers and supervisors receives ongoing training even as they continue to grow into their respective roles. Over time they have identified new areas in which they need to hone their skills. As the unit is continuously evolving the workforce too has been increasing and HR Department effectively manages outcomes. Yet the need for external coaching was included to make sure employees get trained to enhance skills through an expert facilitator.

The one-day training proved practical, engaging, and quite relevant for supervisors as well as experienced managers to act as a quick refresher course. Participants were enjoying a variety of techniques and gaining perspectives with regard to leadership abilities. Also they were getting new ideas about how coordinated efforts could make a difference in output. The inclusion of a popular feature film cut short to drill in the salient features of team building and winning was an inspiring feature of the training programme.

The training took in effective motivation strategies for staff and by the time they followed the nuggets of simple formulas that clarified how a combination of factors could assist them in reaching their goals, participants were able to understand the elements of adult learning. Since HR head Ms Nisha Mishra had already assessed training needs as per the unit identified for training, the earmarked objectives were addressed accordingly in the training. The experienced trainer was able to help train the young adults effectively. HR now plans to develop more such training sessions to enhance learning for the benefit of staff. HERD Group of Companies is committed to foster and encourage a culture of continued learning.

International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May

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“Glory of Allapalli”, 5 hours drive from Nagpur, Notified Biodiversity Heritage Site

The UN has earmarked May 22 as International Day for Biological Diversity. For the uninitiated Biological Diversity refers to variability of living organisms of all kinds (terrestrial, marine, aquatic) in a given ecosystem. It includes all variety of life forms on earth. The term was first coined by Walter and Rosen in 1985 and encompasses different species living in a given area. Biodiversity is the foundation for a vast habitat and is critical for well-being of human beings.

 The International Day of Biodiversity was set aside to increase understanding and awareness about biodiversity issues. This year’s theme for the day is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. In fact the UN has declared 2011-20 as UN’s Decade on Biodiversity with the aim to serve the world in supporting and promoting the goal of significant reduction in biodiversity loss.

Biodiversity is the key that links human survival to their ecosystem, both being inextricably linked. Maintaining the natural diversity of both land and water is a complex phenomenon that has witnessed dramatic changes due to human actions. It is critical to save our unique biospheres comprising of innumerable plants, animals, and microbes.

Clearly, biodiversity affects our environmental systems supporting millions of species that survive together. Gradual loss of species is already starting to affect critical components on which we depend for our lives – breathable air, potable water, fertile soils, bountiful oceans and soil productivity. Large-scale human influences on biomes are tremendously adversely impacting us all.

Decidedly if our actions have influenced nature then we need to reinvent ourselves to remedy the situation. Already the planet has lost 52 per cent of its biodiversity! Seventy percent of world’s species are to be found in just 12 countries! And one of them is India. The International Day for Biological Diversity therefore serves as a global reminder to take action to avoid situations like unsustainable agriculture, desertification, land degradation, drought, impotable water, adverse health impact, unsustainable transport, climate change, food insecurity and disasters that are all fall-outs of loss of biodiversity.

India is among the first countries to be the signatory to the Biodiversity Convention. In 2003 the National Biodiversity Authority was established to implement India’s Biological Diversity Act (2002). NBA works on issues of conservation, sustainable use of biological resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of biological resources. State Biodiversity Boards follow guidelines relating to conservation of biodiversity. Similarly local level Biodiversity Management Committees take care in promoting conservation and documentation of biological diversity. This includes preservation of habitats, conservation of land races, food varieties and cultivars, domesticated stocks and breeds of animals, microorganisms and chronicling of knowledge relating to biological diversity.

In our vicinity, May 24 would be seeing Hazra Falls, a picturesque tourist spot in Salekasa forest range of Gondia Division, about 190 kms from Nagpur to be declared as a Biodiversity Heritage Site. Sometime back “Glory of Allapalli”, five hours drive from Nagpur, in Gadchiroli District was notified as a Biodiversity Heritage Site. It is Maharashtra’s first biodiversity heritage site. Such status strengthens biodiversity conservation in traditionally managed areas and control rapid loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity Heritage Sites are a matter of pride and inspire others to join in with conservation efforts.

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Hazra Falls – Tourist Spot in Salekasa Forest Range of Gondia Division – 190 kms from Nagpur.

NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences & Lata Mangeshkar Hospital

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Dr Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh are both alumni and custodians of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences & Lata Mangeshkar Hospital – the well known medical college and hospital located at Nagpur. As Managing Directors of HERD Foundation they undertake all healthcare delivery commitment to the very end because of their close affiliation to the mother-body.

Begun under the VSPM banner, the trusteeship under the reigns and guidance of Shri Ranjeetbabu Deshmukh continues to be invaluable. The genesis of the institution created for ‘social’-izing education, founded this medical center in 1971, and brings back a feeling of déjà vu even as the present custodians visualize the need for its transformation into a futuristic healthcare facility.

Spread over a campus of 68 acres it houses a medical college, dental college, physiotherapy college, nursing institutes, a hospital and much more. Lata Mangeshkar Hospital (LMH) was inaugurated in the year 1990 and is attached to NKP Salve Institute of Medical Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre as its tertiary care hospital. With excellent facilities for out-door (OPD) and in-door patients (IPD) at affordable and subsidized rates, it continues in the best traditions of a charitable hospital.

The specialty units and departments of the hospital are patronized by people of all walks of life. The affordable charges and quality care have made it a favored destination since the last 25 years of its existence.  Offering excellent infrastructure, renowned faculty and the best facilities it also has all modern amenities. The steady patient influx offers a great learning curve for students.

In line with its past history, the present team of custodians is keen to define its futuristic ambitions. The visionary members managing the workings of the hospital system are seeking ways and means to come up with newfound vision for patients, physicians and the facilities. Essentially the hospital flourishes because of its inherent good faith and trust. Urged on by medical advancement and aspirations it will soon culminate into a world class establishment.

With the introduction of more efficient hospital management systems in line with modern day traditions, the institution is poised to benefit by the introduction of entrepreneurial skills of the healthcare industry. This would encourage growth and create an environment for promotion of feasible modern ways of alleviating diseases. To this end the aim is to set up the highest standard of care along with world class futuristic facilities.

The primary interest of the trust managing the hospital is now taking off into another trajectory to champion the cause of quality service and building world-class functioning. Dr Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh along with their team members are all set to change the landscape of healthcare delivery at the Institute. They visualize a thriving center of prudent and cost-effective medical facility that thinks of solutions beyond the present.

Schwarzman Scholarships Open for Future Leaders

Schwarzman Scholars Now Accepting Applications for Future Leaders

New York & Beijing, April 17, 2017 – Schwarzman Scholars has opened their global application for the third cohort of young leaders. The highly selective, fully-funded scholarship program is designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world.

Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China.

Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force from world‐class faculty from leading institutions and guest speakers at the state‐of‐the‐art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

The scholarship aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field are invited to apply.

Schwarzman Scholars is fully-funded for all participants, including travel costs and a modest personal stipend. The program is supported through a number of generous contributions to Schwarzman Scholars with a fundraising goal of $500 million. Schwarzman Scholars’ inaugural class is currently in residence at Schwarzman College and is comprised of 110 scholars from 32 countries and 75 universities. The program recently announced its second cohort to arrive on campus in August 2017. This year the program will accept 140 scholars for the Class of 2019.

The application can be found on the Schwarzman Scholars website:

www.schwarzmanscholars.org and will be open until 11:59PM onSeptember 28, 2017. More than 400 finalists will be invited to an in-person interview in Singapore (October 27th), London (November 1st), or New York (November 6th & 7th) and will be notified of their acceptance in mid-November 2017.

Those selected for an interview will go before panels of distinguished global figures including CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives and journalists. For applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao, regardless of where they attended university, the appropriate application can be found on the Tsinghua University website.

About Schwarzman Scholars: Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. . Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $400 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $500 million endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students taking up residence in 2016. Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SchwarzmanScholars, and on Twitter at @SchwarzmanOrg.