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Sustainable Innovations - Help them connect with corporations

Tuesday, October 16, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Sustainable Innovations (SI) was founded in 2007 as a non-profit corporation and is registered in Virginia, USA. Sustainable Innovations, employs innovations in technologies, sciences, and economics to build social enterprises that are holistically sustainable. These enterprises provide safe drinking water to and low-cost health care to rural villages and urban slums. The two signature programs are Aakash Ganga or River from Sky, domestic rainwater harvesting system and Arogya or Kiosk-based Clinics aims to treat common ailments and preventable diseases in rural Rajasthan.

BITS Pilani is one of Sustainable Innovation’s partners and BITS leads the engineering team, design of Aakash Ganga’s network, construction methodology, water quality monitoring, knowledge repository, and technology development. Mr. B P Agarwal, 1960 batch of Pilani, and his batchmates have donated generously for the Arogya project.

Arogya received grants of $400,000 from Merck Foundation and Jain Foundation to roll out Arogya in 50 villages, home to 100,000 people. Arogya will provide health care for common ailments and preventable diseases (CAPD) such as diarrhoea, respiratory infections, anemia, and malaria. The program will be managed from BITS Pilani Campus.

How Arogya works :

Arogya’s delivery model is to train a cadre of high-school educated women to be social entrepreneurs and health workers. They are assisted by a portable clinic — laptop equipped with diagnostic devices, best medical practices, and computerized triage protocols for the CAPD. The women health workers own and operate the portable clinics. Everyhealthworker is assigned 5,000 people, maximum of 5 villages. In effect, they run their own "clinics.” The more patients they attend to, the more income they make, thus making this economically rewarding.

How can you help: Sustainable Innovations has committed to raise $150,000 in matching funds from other donors, corporations, and foundations. If you may know of corporations in search of projects for their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. (The Government of India is pushing private corporations to invest 2% of their profits in CSR initiatives.) please email Mr. B P Agarwal - An introduction to interested corporations would really be appreciated.

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