HOPE is where the HEART is…
Fortis Foundationjoins hands with Being Humanto unveil‘The Little Hearts Program’
The joint initiativewill leverage Fortis’extensive network of hospitals across the country. Over fifty children have already been treated within six few weeks at the Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Mumbai, and at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon (FMRI).
Sharing the thought behind this initiative, Malvinder Mohan Singh, on behalf ofFortis Foundation said, “Children are very close to our heart.They are the hope and flag bearers for a better tomorrow. There is nothing more precious than the gift of lifeand bringing countless joy and happiness to every child and their family. We are hopeful that these children will grow up to become healthy individuals and an asset to our society.”
Shivinder Mohan Singh, on behalf of the Fortis Foundation, added, “There could be no better occasion to start The Little Hearts Programthan at the launch of our flagship hospital, The Fortis Memorial Research Institute. By doing our bit for the society to address the less fortunate, we hope to take healthcare to an international standard, a blend in making healthcare Glocal.”
Said,Salman Khan, “From time to time, Being Human is approached by cases of children with heart conditions. The solution is very specialised and not financially affordable for a number of people. We needed to partner with a reputed institution that could offer a sustained solution, preferably at a pan-India level. In Fortis, we have found such a partner. Within ten minutes of my first meeting with Shivinder Singh, we shook hands and fifty cases have already been attended to in less than six weeks.”
“We are thankful to Fortis Foundation and Being Human for this initiative. Because of their help, our child is living a healthy life.” said Sachin Sharma, father of eight month old baby, Krishna Sharma, one of the beneficiaries of the programme who underwent a surgical correction for a congenital heart condition, ventricular septal defect with pulmonary stenosis.
Being Human-The Salman Khan Foundation is a registered charitable trust that was set up in 2007. It works in the areas of education and healthcare. Its education initiatives include partnering with two schools in Mumbai and a partnership with Coca Cola and NIIT to set up career development centres in non-urban centres. Its healthcare initiatives include eye camps to address preventable blindness, partnering with MDRI (Marrow Donors Registry India) to help build a marrow registry in India and now, partnering with Fortis Foundation in the area of paediatric cardiac care.
About Fortis Foundation
Fortis Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Fortis Healthcare Limited was set up in 2005 to support programs for the less privileged. The Foundation has been involved in a number of social initiatives to support the community by providing health services and subsidised medical care to the socially and economically marginalised sections of the society. The focus of the programs is largely on Mother and Child. It regularly conducts health check-up camps, education and awareness building activities for children and adults on health issues. The foundation also takes up issues that make a difference to the environment.
The Foundation is supported by the pan-India network of Fortis Hospitals in implementing these initiatives based on regional specificities and needs. These initiatives are garnering support from partners and stakeholders, including Non-Profit Organisations, Government, Corporates and Educational Institutions.