SBI Foundation is committed to contributing positively to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: Good Health and Well Being by bringing about positive changes in the lives of underprivileged sections of society by providing them with free access to quality healthcare. To translate its commitment into action, SBIF has launched a new flagship program on Healthcare. Under this flagship program, the India Health Alliance (IHA), has been formed with an aim to support the Government of India in its efforts to combat current and future healthcare challenges in the country. The prime focus of IHA would be on combating the COVID-19 healthcare pandemic in India, providing comprehensive primary healthcare and quality nutrition to the vulnerable population, promoting innovative finance, as well as promoting innovations and cutting-edge technologies that can overall strengthen health systems of the country. SBIF will also support initiatives like Organ Donation, Breast Cancer Screening and Mobile Medical Units under its focus area of Healthcare.
SBI Foundation has launched India Health Alliance (IHA), a collaborative healthcare programme to support the Government of India in its efforts to combat current and future healthcare challenges in the country. To catalyse this initiative, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India has joined as a strategic partner, Xynteo India has joined as a technical partner and IPE Global PAHAL (Partnerships for Affordable Health Access and Longevity) will provide the necessary technical assistance. The prime focus of IHA would be on combating the COVID-19 healthcare pandemic in India, providing comprehensive primary healthcare and optimum nutrition to the vulnerable population, promoting innovative finance, as well as promoting innovations and cutting-edge technologies that can overall strengthen health systems of the country.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for use by healthcare professionals. A PPE kit consists of goggles, N-95 particle-filtering masks and other masks, complete head covering, hazmat-style suits/ PVC-coated gowns, gloves, shoe covers, etc. to healthcare professionals. Public sector company HLL Lifecare Ltd., the government's sole procurement agency, is struggling to match the supply-demand gap in wake of the rising demand.
Due to the state-enforced lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in India, migrants, domestic help workers and daily wage earners in the informal work sector in India have been left to battle financial instability and compromised health within an endless cycle of poverty and disease.
SBI Foundation has partnered with ECHO India for training and mentoring healthcare providers across various states in India. ECHO India uses its telementoring platform for knowledge dissemination of best practices for addressing the coronavirus outbreak by adapting the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model and capacity building of the healthcare providers. The goal of this initiative is to contain the pandemic through providing better services to vulnerable and high-risk communities/population.
As part of our intervention to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in India, we are supporting research and development (R&D) projects with an aim to prevent, diagnose, contain and treat the disease by designing and manufacturing ventilators, and other low-cost health equipment with IITs/incubators, start-ups and the healthcare industry. In this connection, SBI Foundation has funded two R&D projects through the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
Project Praana aims to use parts available in India to build an electro-mechanical ventilator that can be rapidly scaled up. Our partner has been able to design a laboratory-grade prototype of an electro-mechanical ventilator based on its novel ventilator design. Verbal agreement has been reached with industry partners for development of a field-ready product and legal paperwork is in the final stage.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) faculty have developed an end-to-end solution for COVID-19 testing- the Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) Labs. This is India’s first and only ICMR approved BSL-2+ compliant mobile diagnostic lab wherein sample collection, processing and test using RT-PCR can be done on-site and the results can be uploaded to ICMR portal. These labs have been designed and developed by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore along with a faculty start-up ShanMukha Innovations Pvt. Ltd. These mobile labs enable a significant reduction in turnaround times from 2-10 days to 4-12 hours for the confirmatory test of COVID-19 using RT PCR. the mobile molecular diagnostics and testing lab has received approval from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) nodal body for lab approval in Bangalore viz. NIMHANS.
SBI Foundation contributed Rs. 65 Lakhs to support the design and development of the internal infrastructure of 2 mobile vans as per the approved design for the mobile diagnostic labs. Mobile Molecular Diagnostics and Testing Lab was handed over to Government of Karnataka. The Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar- Govt. of Karnataka was present for the occasion along with the General Manager SBI Bank, Bangalore- Mr. Shantanu Pendsey.
Handing over ceremony
BSL-2 cabinet inside sample processing
van with glove mechanism for
additional safety during sample handling