Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Piramal Group, has partnered with Rajasthan government for its several social development projects in the state. This partnership is expected to yield positive results. So far, initiatives in fields of health, education, drinking water, women empowerment and poverty alleviation have made deep impact in improving lives of the people.
About partnership, Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group said, “Our resources will never address all problems across the country. Collaboration with like-minded partners can create force multipliers and help make a dent on key social issues. It is with this mindset that we have created strong partnerships with 10 state governments, including Rajasthan, as also international organizations such as Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, World Diabetes Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Harvard's GEII (Global Education Innovation Initiative), New York University, Plan International, amongst others.”
Under its Primal Swasthya project, the foundation serves 2.5 million patients annually in Rajasthan. The aim is to increase this to over 5 million patients annually in the next three years, and increase the reach to cover all of 33 districts from the present 17 districts. Jaipur Hub of 1097 National AIDS Helpline caters to Hindi and English languages and has handled over 2 lakh calls this year
For Education Leadership, the foundation achieved 21 percent learning outcomes gain in Maths and Language in 2014-15 across 700 schools in grade III and grade V. The project aims to increase student learning outcomes by a further 20 percent over the next three years in these 700 schools. Additionally, it would be piloting a District Transformation Program in participation with 1 million children in 5,000 government schools across 4 districts.
Piramal Sarvaja serves 160,000 people daily. The projects aims to increase the coverage to over 300,000 individuals over the next three years.
Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises said “Most initiatives of the Foundation – clean drinking water, women’s empowerment, education – were initially piloted in Bagar, District Jhunjhunu. We are privileged that these initiatives have now been replicated in different states of the country and are being studied internationally.”
“In the area of safe drinking water, we have worked with over 150 entrepreneurs in Rajasthan in deploying advanced remote monitoring technology in community solutions to ensure safe drinking water in these villages. This patented technology helps in bringing accountability and transparency to the purification and distribution process while creating a self-sustaining business model for the entrepreneur,” she added.
Piramal’s engagement on primary healthcare in Rajasthan covers a 104 Health Helpline operated out of Jaipur, over 80 mobile medical units across 20 districts and operating 13 Primary Health Centres. “Our technology enabled solutions help improve the access and availability of government healthcare services to a rural population that is otherwise deprived of a vital support system,” the Vice Chairman said.
To fight the problem of hunger and illiteracy Piramal Foundation has supported the set-up of 2 central kitchens of Annamrita. Operating across 8 states of India, it serves 1.2 million mid-day meals daily through 20 ISO certified centers. Of this Piramal supports approx. 70,000 student meals.