Healthcare & Sanitation

Hospital on a train: Life Line express

The vast majority of the rural population is deprived of basic medical facilities due to lack of healthcare infrastructure in these parts of the country. SBI Foundation is committed to bringing about positive changes in the lives of underprivileged sections of society. We have partnered with Impact India Foundation to take free medical treatment which includes surgeries conducted for the restoration of sight, movement, hearing, correction of facial deformities and the prevention and treatment of epilepsy and dental problems, all free of cost, to the underprivileged in remote areas using world’s first state of art hospital on train “Life Line express, This year we took Life Line express to three remote locations, Goalpara in Assam, Junagarh Rd. Bhavanipatna, Kalahandi district in Odisha and Kazipet, Warangal district in Telangana. The medical services rendered are in the area of:

  • Vision impairment

  • Hearing impairment

  • Clefts

  • Orthopedic problems

  • Epilepsy

  • Dental problems

  • Distribution of aids & appliances

  • Gynecological problems

  • Pediatric complaints

We distribute aids & appliances to the needy patients, train community health workers on Life Skills Education and school children are also educated on dental hygiene and oral health practices.

Project Eye Care

SBI Foundation has partnered with Vision India foundation for conducting 4500 cataract surgeries in Kalahandi district of Odisha.  “Project SBI-Eye Care” focuses on preventable blindness through cataract surgery.

This includes cataract surgery, childhood blindness, low vision, distribution of eyeglasses and eye health education. The approach we have followed is modern, scientific, holistic and most importantly individual care. The project tries to ensure restoring eye-sight through checkup camps followed by cataract surgeries and facilitating reduction of preventable blindness and in the long term the goal is to make Kalahandi District free from Cataract

SBI Life- Thalassemia Control and Prevention Programme

SBI Foundation has partnered with Indian Medical and Scientific Research Foundation for conducting 20,000 high-performance Liquid Chromatography ( HPLC) Thalassemia tests in Rajkot, Saurashtra Region, Gujarat. The main objectives of the project are:

Community awareness, Counselling and making Screening mandatory for the persons of marriageable is an important part of the project as it helps in informing the community about the disease, overcome the stigma of being a carrier of the disorder and prevent the spread of the disease in future generations.

  • To create an eco-system that develops Social and Institutional processes to mitigate the damages of Thalassemia and

  • To reduce the incidence of inherited blood disease, thereby, preventing Thalassemia major births.

Gift Hope Gift Life

It is estimated that 500,000 people in India need kidney, liver and heart transplants, against which we do only around 8000 transplants, which barely meets 1 to 2% annual demand for organs. The supply of organs from living donors will soon peak and the only way this program will be able to grow is through deceased donors. For some organs like heart and lungs, deceased donors are the only source. Hence, there is a need for augmenting deceased organ donation program in the country.

SBI foundation has started the project “Gift Hope Gift Life” - Augmenting deceased organ donation program in partnership with MOHAN Foundation which aims to address the problems like lack of awareness, lack of readiness of medical fraternity etc. and create an enabling environment for Organ donation in India.

An exclusive SBI Mohan Foundation helpline, a toll-free national helpline for Organ donation is set up by MOHAN Foundation. This is for callers from pan India in 6 different languages for the purpose of dissemination of information on organ donation and transplantation.

We have also initiated organ donation program in the state of Odisha by entering into a dialogue with the Health Ministry. With the support from the ministry, stakeholders meetings are planned to be organized for rolling out of the program. We will also initiate public education in the major cities in the state as well as hospital counseling programme in government hospitals. We will work closely with the government to help frame relevant government orders (GOs) that will facilitate organ donation and create an environment to augment organ donation in the state.

We will also conduct training of transplant coordinators, intensivists, and young surgeons in the area of organ donation, organ retrieval and storage. In addition, volunteers will be trained as “Angels of Change” to spread awareness on organ donation.

The project will create awareness through our social media platforms and dissemination of knowledge through the Helpline, pledging of Organs by the public and SBI Employees (2.5 lac employees), train number of Coordinators, Intensivist, surgeons, and Volunteers to facilitate organ donation. It will help the entire country at large.

SBI Cancer Care

In today’s world, cancer has gained recognition as a serious health problem. The incidence of cancer in India is 70-90 per 1,00,000 population. More than 70% of cases are in advanced stages accounting for poor survival and high mortality. ‘Cancer Is Curable when detected Early’ but in India, 60-80% of cancer cases in India are diagnosed late and 60% patients do not have access to quality treatment because of low income.

SBI Foundation is supporting treatment of 100-120 underprivileged cancer patients from the states of J&K, Northeast, Dadara & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab, and Rajasthan. These States and Union Territories have remote localities which are lacking in good healthcare facilities.

This intervention is carried out jointly with Indian Cancer Society across the country through tie-ups with various hospitals.

Sanjeevani: Clinic on Wheels

The majority of the population in rural India is deprived of primary healthcare facilities due to lack of accessibility. Delivering quality primary health care to large populations is always challenging and that is certainly the case in India. Communicable diseases, maternal and nutritional deficiencies continue to be important causes of deaths.

This can be addressed using modern technology and innovative approaches. Providing medical services through Mobile Medical Vans is proved as an effective model in remote areas. Keeping this in view, SBI Foundation has introduced SBI Sanjeevani, ‘Clinic on Wheels’ Mobile medical van, with Bhavishya Bharat NGO, which is equipped with state-of-the-art multispecialty healthcare facilities at the doorstep of remote rural communities.

Stringent systems and processes are followed in implementing this project to ensure that good quality primary healthcare services are catered to marginalized communities. About 50000 rural populations from the selected 25 villages of Raving and Namche blocks of South Sikkim District will be benefited with this initiative.

SBI- Anugraha ‘Home Based Hospice & Palliative Care’

Palliative care is fundamental to health and human dignity and is a basic human right. The WHO (World Health Organization) defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

At present Palliative Care reaches only 1% of those requiring end-of-life cares. Patients suffering from advanced illnesses face distressing symptoms which are not limited to just the physical such as pain, fatigue, inability to eat and drink sleeplessness etc. They also suffer tremendously from the emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and interpersonal turmoil that debilitates them.

In the field of palliative care, SBI Foundation is working with DEAN Foundation for the project SBI- Anugraha ‘Home Based Hospice & Palliative Care’. Through this project, SBI Foundation is supporting for hospice and palliative healthcare services to around 10,000 patients of Karamadai block of Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu State.

SBI Shravan Shakti

A number of children develop congenital hearing loss from birth and speech loss as an after-effect of hearing impairment. To bring such children to normal stream of life by implantation of Cochlear Implant, SBI has started a project for giving the gift of hearing and speech for 50 children in West Bengal.

SBI Foundation has identified 50 hearing impaired children from West Bengal in the wait list for cochlear implant surgery. There are more children in the wait list from other states and based on the success of this project, SBI Foundation can scale up this project at the national level in the coming years. This cochlear implant surgery would help the children born with impairment to listen and speak.

SBI Shishu Raksha

SBI Foundation implements Project SBI Project Shishu Raksha to curtail infant mortality & morbidity rates by providing complete health to the health screening to 500 children in Kovur village and urban slums of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. The project identifies deformities/diseases in children and provides required follow up treatment to the identified children through RICH Hospitals.

Health checkup of female inmates

Living in jail is not easy and the condition of the jails leads to depression and negative impact on the health of inmates. To prevent and timely detect health issues among the female jail inmates, a comprehensive Health check-up camp for 130 Female inmates of Byculla Jail, Mumbai was conducted. The details of the findings were shared with the Jail authorities for taking necessary steps.

Project Care for Senior Citizens

SBI Foundation, the non-profit subsidiary of State Bank Group has focused on the care for senior citizens and has collaborated with Saint Hardyal Educational and Orphans Welfare Society (SHEOWS) - adopted 130 Senior Citizens who have been deprived of shelter and lacked personal touch and care. This group of 130 Senior Citizens has been provided with a care home with apt shelter, food, and medical services.

Project Care for Senior Citizens gave an intense understanding of the needs of the elderly and an angle of observing senior citizens on streets who are deprived of home and need urgent care and attentionPersonal interactions with the beneficiaries made us feel happy and content with the project.


Swachh Belur Math

Having access to sanitation is basic human right, yet the majority of the population in India suffer on daily basis due to lack of access to toilets. The absence of toilets leads to open defecation with untreated human waste, posing a serious risk to health. India is known as a religious country around 60% of religious places do not have sufficient toilet facilities. This causes serious health & hygiene issues. In the past few years, due to increased accessibility and improvement in transport infrastructure, pilgrim centers have seen the phenomenal increase in the number of pilgrims.

Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math has great religious and historic importance and It draws crowds on festive occasions. In such a case, providing basic facilities especially sanitation facilities to visitors is a necessary requirement.

SBI Foundation has partnered with Ramakrishna Mission and started the construction of toilet block comprising of approx. 203 toilets at new Pilgrims Abode at Belur Math, Kolkata.

Waste to Gold

This project is designed to deal with two growing problems of Dimapur city namely, unemployment among school and college drop-out youth and the mismanagement of waste in the city. The objective is to motivate and develop the skills of such vulnerable youth to help address the waste management in the city and develop small sustainable businesses for the youth through processing waste items. Zero waste concepts are taught to the youth whereby they treat every waste item as a resource. Ultimately this concept will percolate to all families through training.

As the people are responding in solid waste management initiative for better waste management and with the information shared on Swachh Bharat Mission and the Solid Waste Management rules 2016, the people are willing to work to better the situation through their participation and contribution.

The location is the Nagarjan Block of Dimapur city which is divided into 10 wards. The household population is roughly about 2000 and the population is about 8000. It is a residential area, with the shops and vendors along the three kilometers stretch. Each ward has a warden who acts like headmen and the wardens collectively form the executive team. They will help to implement welfare programs in the respective wards.

The garbage pile of many years has threatened the existence of Dhansiri River, with each rainy season some of the wastes get into the river flow and contaminates the river. The present project is designed to deal with this problem as well as the problem of growing unemployment among school and college drop out among youth. The sustainability aspects include a “Pay-for-service” user charge collection as well as composting the biodegradable waste to market it and create an income source for the youth.