Extending the Healing Touch
Ranbaxy Rural Development Trust (RRDT) was established in 1978 when “Health for All” was adopted as a national objective in India. That year, the first mobile healthcare van was rolled out in the state of Punjab with the objective to deliver primary healthcare to underprivileged sections of society in remote villages. RRDT was rechristened as Ranbaxy Community Healthcare Society (RCHS) in 1994 and renamed as Sun Pharma Community Healthcare Society (SPCHS) in 2016. SPCHS is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 & also registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 1976 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.
SPCHS functions as an independent body touching the lives of over 650,000 people with a fleet of mobile healthcare vans in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Sikkim. The main objective of this initiative is to enhance access of basic healthcare to the marginalized communities and more vulnerable sections of the society.
Nurturing Them as Our Children
In the areas where SPCHS operates, diarrhea is no longer a fatal threat to children under 5 years of age. As a result, there has been a substantial decline in Infant Mortality Rate. These positive outcomes are the result of a scientific approach and strategic planning to tackle major health issues like low birth weight and pneumonia and thereby taking appropriate measures to improve neonatal care.
With creative outreach initiatives, such as street plays, contests and audio-visual programmes under IEC (Information, Education and Communication), we ensure that mothers and families are well informed. Adequate support structures nurture young lives regardless of geography or demography.
Improving Maternal Health, Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
SPCHS has achieved Zero Maternal Mortality Rate in certain specified target areas, which is very significant in a country like India, where more women die during pregnancy and childbirth than anywhere else in the world. But for us, this is just the beginning and there are many milestones yet to be achieved.
We are also focusing on prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue, tuberculosis and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer and making special efforts to curb the menace of female foeticide.
Positive Health for All
SPCHS follows a pro-active, preventive and health promotive approach that involves communities in the pursuit of better health. Even though the scope of intervention has increased manifold, our focus remains on promoting awareness and self-sufficiency through community involvement, dissemination of information, and health education.
Public Private Partnership to Provide Primary Healthcare Services
RCHS forged a Public Private Partnership with the government in the state of Punjab, India and introduced 10 mobile healthcare vans under the banner of “Ranbaxy Sanjeevan Swasthya Seva” to strengthen healthcare services in the province in 2010.
The main objective of this programme that concluded in 2016 was to provide free need-based primary healthcare services, including prevention and detection of cancer of the cervix, breast and oral cavity. Managed by a team of doctors and paramedics, these vans covered a population of about 325,000 in 98 villages in the districts of Mansa, Bathinda, Muktsar, Nawanshehar and Mohali.