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Jharkhand: e-scooters for Sahiya didis in West Singhbhum

West Singhbhum: After the first stint at Seraikela-Kharsawan district, e-scooters were distributed among SahiyyaSathis (Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHA workers) associated with MANSI to address the issue of mobility in the difficult terrains of the West Singhbhum district. The programme took place at the Police Ground, Chaibasa where 234 e-scooters were distributed to address the issues related to prompt assistance to the pregnant women and neo-natal babies.

The scooters were provided by Tata Steel and HSBC, informed a statement from the steel major. A total of 181 e-scooters were distributed on March 13 for SahiyyaSathis across Saraikela-Kharsawan while another 150 will be distributed on March 27 at East Singhbhum, it added.

At today’s programme, Joba Majhi, Minister for Women, Child Development and Social Security, Jharkhand, Niral Purty, MLA, Majhgaon along with district officials were present on the occasion. Sourav Roy, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel and Adil Ghadiali, Vice President, HSBC, Mumbai were also present.

Roy said, “We have been working in tandem with the Sahiyya Sathis, ANMs and the state government to implement innovative public health solutions to scale sustainable impact. The electric scooters are a step ahead towards co-creation of public health solutions, which remains a commitment of Tata Steel Foundation. We have reached out to more than 34, 800 pregnant women and mothers through MANSI in the district and the e-scooters will ensure and greater reach and faster medical assistance. We are grateful to the district administration and HSBC as partners in this initiative.”

Tata Steel Foundation has collaborated with banking giant HSBC to devise 565 e-scooters to be distributed across these three locations of Seraikela Kharsawan, West Singhbhum and East Singhbhum. The Sahiyya Sathis are a part of the MANSI programme of the Foundation that is a community-focused public health intervention that addresses rural India’s challenges in accessing quality and affordable health care for mothers and new-born children at household level.

Prior to the distribution, adequate amount of training workshops was arranged and conducted for the Sahiyya Sathis to ensure their safety and driving skills are on point. The SahiyyaSathis have played one of the most fundamental roles in ensuring maternity and neo-natal health during the time of Covid-19 when transportation was almost at a halt. They selflessly have been the face of MANSI in reducing the neonatal deaths in Jharkhand and fortifying the healthcare system to remain prompt.