Corporate Social Responsibility
Creating a healthier and happier world is our key mission, which we steadfastly strive to achieve through our business activities. Our commitment and efforts are not only limited to improvements in our operations. As a responsible corporate citizen, we are cognizant of our ability, means and influence to drive positive change in the society at large. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is therefore yet another way in which we strive to enrich lives of people in the larger society. Our CSR ethos complements our approach to doing business responsibly and demonstrates our unwavering commitment to giving back to the society.
our social initiatives, in line with our CSR policy are focused on improving child health and making healthcare accessible to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable sections of the society. We also focus on promoting swimming as a sport in India and encourage inclusive development, by providing artificial limbs to the differently-abled. As part of our global employee volunteering initiative - ‘Glenmark Joy of Giving’, our employees around the world devote their time and efforts to contribute to the society and spread cheer to the lives of the less fortunate.
Statistics from the world health organization (who) show that 5.9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2015. More than half of these were preventable deaths that occurred due to lack of awareness and unavailability of timely medical interventions. We believe that healthy children are the foundation for a better tomorrow; hence child health is one of the key focus areas for our CSR efforts. Our interventions on child health revolve around three main target areas: Immunization, Right Nutrition and Sanitation.
‘Project Kavach’ is the flagship child health initiative of Glenmark Foundation, which aims to address the issue of infant and child mortality by improving the key health indicators in children. The word ‘Kavach’ means a shield, which symbolizes protection. As a part of this initiative, we have multiple interventions at different stages of life for the mother and the child. These interventions help in maintaining good health of expectant and new mothers as well as new born children and infants.
Direct healthcare interventions for children and women, Rajasthan
Back in 2011, the Sanganer area of Rajasthan had one of the highest rates of infant and child mortality. The causes were low levels of immunization, high incidence of malnutrition and lack of awareness among the locals about health and hygiene issues. To address this issue we, along with our Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) partner, Society for Integrated Development Action Research and Training (SIDART), initiated a child health project in this area. We undertook several initiatives that directly or indirectly addressed these issues, including Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC) meetings, panchayat meetings, school rallies, health camps, immunization calendars, colored beads and dedicated care giver training sessions, which were organized across 166 villages.
We achieved remarkable results over the project period of four years. In order to equip the village panchayats to continue the interventions independently, capacity building and dedicated 6 month training of panchayat members and frontline workers was initiated. The project was handed over to the village panchayats on completion of these training programs. Key outcomes of this project over its four year period are listed below:
Enriching lives of children belonging to the Korku tribe, Madhya Pradesh
Along with supporting 100 villages in the Kalwa Block, in FY 2015-16, we expanded our child health project to cover 50 more remote tribal villages in the Khaknar block of Madhya Pradesh, taking the total number to more than 150 villages. The objective of this project is to improve the status of child health by concentrating on the main focus areas of reducing malnutrition, ensuring complete immunization, and promotion of good sanitation and hygiene practices.
In association with our NGO partner, Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti, we have undertaken numerous initiatives like home visits for monitoring and counselling on various issues of child health, backyard nutrition gardens, health camps, ambulatory care service, role-model anganwadis, and community crèches. These, along with innovative communication on behavioral change have helped us achieve the following outcomes in the reporting year:
LALITA, MADHYA PRADESH
Lalita, born in a small farmer's weighed 4.2 kilograms and was severely underweight for her age. Our team assessed her to be malnourished and admitted her in our program. The team followed up the case with regular visits, growth monitoring and nutritional advice. The family was supported with vegetable seeds that enabled them to grow more than enough for their own consumption. This helped in improving the nutritional status of the child, while enabling the family to earn additional income by selling the surplus vegetables.
Maternal & child health project in rural Himachal Pradesh
In association with our NGO partner, Institute for Global Development, we are working in the Nalagarh Block in Himachal Pradesh to address maternal and child health issues. We have developed and implemented focused programs on reproductive, maternal, new born, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) issues. These programs have been supplemented by awareness drives, run at the community level by our peer leaders.
Through these initiatives we have been able to improve key health indicators of the local community and achieve the following results in the reporting year:
5,721 pregnant & lactating women and mothers of 3-5 year old children in 20 villages sensitized
78 malnourished children recovered to healthy status
46 Panchayat Representatives, 64 Frontline Health Functionaries and 53 Peer Leaders trained
11 Village Health Nutrition Day (VHND) programs organized
702 people benefitted through 4 health camps
54 newly married couples counselled
2,460 people in 6 villages reached via mass awareness activities
A workshop was conducted to announce the impact of our child health project in Nalagarh over the past three years. The event was attended by the Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Kaul Singh Thakur and other dignitaries from the government. This workshop also saw the launch of a training manual for frontline maternal and child health workers. Our initiatives achieved the following outcomes over the past three years:
Institutional delivery increased from 77% to 84% and exclusive breastfeeding increased from 20% to 75%
Complete immunization of children improved from 69% to 78%
Impacted over 23,000 children below 5 years of age and 6,000 pregnant and lactating women
1,80,000 beneficiaries impacted through this intervention
MANISHA, HIMACHAL PRADESH
MANISHA, A THREE MONTH OLD BABY GIRL born to migrant laborers, was identified by our Out Reach Worker Kirna, as a malnourished child who needed immediate help. Kirna counselled the baby’s parents about the consequences of poor health and the way it impacts the overall development of the child. A community volunteer regularly monitored her health along with providing her supplementary diet. Her parents were also taught to cook nutritious food using regular ingredients. Gradually, Manisha started to recover and today she is a healthy girl.
Holistic interventions to improve health of children - Maharashtra
Child health is not an issue that is restricted to the rural areas; in fact it has become a grave problem in the overcrowded urban slums. One such example is that of Marol in Mumbai. In association with our NGO partner, Niramaya Health Foundation, we have undertaken a child health project in this area. It follows a step-by-step approach of identifying the target group, educating and informing them about positive health-seeking behavior and introducing several novel service delivery mechanisms. Some of the interventions undertaken include medical camps with distribution of health supplements, health awareness and education sessions, health marker days, and health libraries for the communities.
In the reporting year, we covered 11 additional communities under this project which led to the following outcomes:
174 malnourished children recovered to healthy status
2,623 people benefitted from 82 health libraries
7,876 beneficiaries attended healthcare sessions conducted by peer leaders
1,096 people benefitted from 18 health camps
1,147 adolescents attended sessions on health related issues
To mark the completion of four years of this project and highlight its achievements, an event was held in Mumbai where Niramaya Health Foundation also launched a nutrition recipe book. This book will enable the mothers in the communities to prepare simple nutritious recipes, which is expected to improve the health of the children and lead to reduction in the prevalence of malnutrition.The achievements of this project over the past four years are:
Malnutrition levels have fallen from 50% to 9%
Child Immunization levels have increased to 95%
ANC/PNC registrations have increased to 100%
52 community women have been trained as peer volunteers
25 health libraries initiated in the communities through peer leaders
MEERA, WHO WAS A BALWADI TEACHER enrolled herself as a Peer leader with our project. As a part of the training for peers, she was taught about maternal and child healthcare. These trainings were followed by exams in which she fared well and was awarded certificates for her good performance. On the basis of these certificates and the knowledge gained, she was able to obtain a job as a Health Worker and is now able to support her family.
Improving child health in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya
Malnutrition and low immunity have affected the communities living in the slums of Nairobi, making them highly susceptible to diseases. Along with our NGO partner Carolina for Kibera, we are making efforts to address this problem with a special focus on improving the health of infants and children. Under the project ‘Lishe Bora Mtaani’, we employ effective strategies like Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), mobile messaging and regular health screenings to improve child health. The positive impacts of our interventions in the reporting year include:
1,560 households visited for screening and education on hygiene and nutrition
2,104 children screened for malnutrition
1,220 malnourished children recovered to healthy status
446 families reached during health sessions
27 training sessions conducted for lactating and expectant women
387 mothers with children below 6 months counselled on exclusive breastfeeding
18,175 children benefitted from de-worming, vitamin A and micronutrient supplements
JUSTIN PRINCE, A 17-MONTH OLD CHILD, was left at the day care center within the community while his mother would be at work. This led to deterioration in his health and he started falling sick time and again. When Justin was assessed at our nutrition center, it was found that he weighed only 7.8 kg, way below the recommended weight of 12 to 13 kg.
After three weeks of being at our nutrition center he weighs 9.1 kg and his mother believes that she is now well-equipped with the right information to support her baby, thanks to the nutritional counselling given to her.
mMitra: Impacting lives of the less privileged women through innovation- Maharashtra
To address the twin issues of infant and maternal health, we run the mMitra project along with our NGO partner Armman, and Sion Hospital, Mumbai. This is a unique initiative which combines the utility of modern technology with the power of accurate medical information to provide relevant preventive healthcare information at the right time. This information on antenatal and neonatal care is provided to pregnant women and new mothers via mobile based voice messages, free of cost. These short voice messages are sent in the language of her choice to each enrolled woman, twice weekly during pregnancy, once every day in the first week after birth and once every week till the child become one year old.
TWENTY THREE YEAR OLD SUPRIYA WHO WAS EXPECTING her first child was anxious as her family did not have any educated members. On one of her visits to the hospital, she filled the mMitra form. Soon she started receiving pregnancy related information on her phone and her anxiety related to pregnancy slowly started to fade away.
She said that she felt like mMitra was a wise old family member, who guided her with useful tips and Dos & Don’ts during her pregnancy. Thanks to mMitra, she became aware of the importance of nutritional supplements during pregnancy, which helped her and her baby stay healthy.
Access to Healthcare
IN OUR ENDEAVOR TO MAKE QUALITY HEALTHCARE available to the needy and underprivileged, we work with our partner NGOs to donate medicines, mobile healthcare units and medical equipment. We have partnered with AmeriCares India Foundation and other NGOs working on healthcare, to provide medicines at no cost to the less privileged sections of the society. In the reporting year, along with AmeriCares, we helped to replace and upgrade the damaged medical equipment at the Government Hospital in the district of Thiruvallur, which was affected by the Chennai floods. We have donated medicines to disaster affected areas of Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Nepal.
CREATING LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES for the less privileged section of the society is another way in which Glenmark enriches people’s lives. Equipping the differently abled with prosthetics enables them in becoming independent and self-reliant.
In collaboration with Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (Jaipur Foot), we successfully rehabilitated 2,000 differently-abled individuals by providing them with artificial limbs, fitments and calipers, giving them an opportunity to lead a more productive life.
Promotion of Education
At Glenmark, we strongly believe in promoting education, and have been consistently working to provide better infrastructure facilities in the tribal areas of Maharashtra. We also initiated the ‘Alex Shiksha Abhiyaan’, through which we donated 10,000 notebooks, personally signed by eminent medical practitioners across India in collaboration with our NGO partner Atma. On 26th January 2016, these notebooks were distributed to the under-privileged school children of Mumbai’s slums in the presence of Glenmark’s Sr. Vice President, Mr. Sujesh Vasudevan and leading pediatricians of Mumbai.
Access to Clean Drinking Water in Sikkim
Clean drinking water is one of the basic needs of humans, however even today many people living in remote areas lack access to it. In our endeavor to improve people’s lives, we have provided supply of clean drinking water to 40 households in Radhang village, located in the hills of Sikkim. This has eased the burden of locals who earlier had to walk miles to fetch water.
Round Table on Innovation against Malnutrition
Along with our partner Idobro, we held a round table conference on ‘Innovation against Malnutrition’ in September 2015. The Roundtable was attended by several individuals from academia, NGOs, government, industry and civil society. It aimed at enhancing community participation in reducing the rate of malnutrition and starting education campaigns with the involvement of youth. As a follow up, we held a competition for college students to develop a communication campaign that targets malnutrition through behavioral change. 84 students participated in this competition and presented new and innovative ideas to educate people about simple behavioral changes that can reduce the incidence of malnutrition.
Glenmark Aquatic Foundation
WE SET UP THE GLENMARK AQUATIC FOUNDATION (GAF) with the aim of India achieving a podium finish in swimming at the Olympics and other international events. To achieve this aim, GAF envisages improving various aspects of the ecosystem of swimming in India. GAF operates in 3 different spheres - firstly, setting up of a Centre of Excellence; GAF has set up a Centre at Dharavi Mumbai where swimmers are trained under experienced coaches. GAF has also tied up with the Sports Authority of India to open another centre at the National Swimming Academy at Talkatora. Secondly, sponsorship of the junior, sub junior and senior national aquatic championship to provide better facilities to swimmers as well as creating a long term relationship with the Swimming Federation of India. Thirdly, coach education; offering certification programmes by the American Swim Coaches Association in India. In addition, GAF provided awards to 10 swimmers and their coaches from the Age Group Nationals.
Over the past two years, the swimmers trained by GAF have made us proud at different national and international championships. At the 47th Singapore National Age Group Championship the swimmers trained by GAF brought laurels to the country by winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
RUDRANSH MISHRA, MUMBAI
RUDRANSH MISHRA WON A GOLD AT THE 47TH SINGAPORE NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS. Rudransh had never participated in any National event before this meet. In a year of training at GAF he has moved from being a state level swimmer to an International gold medallist.
Achievements of Glenmark Aquatic Foundation
Glenmark Joy of Giving
AS A PART OF OUR GLOBAL EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING INITIATIVE - 'Glenmark Joy of Giving', our employees voluntarily contribute either financially or in kind to selected causes. Our employees have impacted lives by volunteering to spend their time and efforts for communities around them. In the reporting year, our employees across the globe contributed and made a difference to the lives of the under privileged children, victims of natural disasters, children suffering from life altering diseases, the differently-abled, and the tribal population.