The Hans Foundation celebrated the ten-year anniversary of its Cochlear Implant program, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to empowering children with disabilities through various inclusive development interventions. This historic occasion was further marked by the signing of an MoU with IIT Delhi to provide scholarships for students with disabilities, as well as the unveiling of a new Mobile Therapy Bus in collaboration with NIEPID to enhance ongoing door-to-door supportive services to children and adults with disabilities in Noida.
Hans Foundation, founded in 2009, works to empower marginalized and underprivileged communities, with a focus on overall health and well-being. The foundation provides underserved populations with quality primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare, with a special emphasis on child health. Disability rights, in particular, have long been a cross-sector focus for the foundation, and the foundation continues to work toward a life of dignity and freedom from discrimination for people with disabilities.
THF has supported devices, surgeries, and therapy for over 1200 children over the last decade through its Cochlear Implant Program, which works in collaboration with top hospitals across the country.
The Hans Foundation
Ms. Shweta Rawat, Chairperson and Founder of The Hans Foundation, stated on the occasion, “Every child is born with the potential to achieve great things.” In a diverse world, it is critical that every child has access to the resources and support they require from the start of their lives. Inclusion for people with disabilities is about creating a society that understands, accepts, and embraces diversity in all of its forms, not just physical accessibility. We must recognize that disability is dynamic, requiring different types of assistance at different stages. Collaboration is essential for true system transformation, as is a lifecycle approach to care that begins with early detection and intervention.”
THF has launched the Mobile Therapy Bus, beginning in Noida, based on the success of THF’s mobile medical units program, which operates over 360 mobile clinics across 6000 villages in 8 states. These buses, outfitted with cutting-edge technology, provide comprehensive care for a wide range of disabilities as defined by the RPWD Act of 2016. The initiative, which is being carried out in collaboration with the NIEPID, aims to promote better health and social inclusion for people with disabilities through community outreach. The foundation is currently operating two buses in Noida and plans to expand the concept to Mumbai, Kolkata, and Ghaziabad in the coming year.
THF’s work is multifaceted, with a focus on rural and underserved communities. The Foundation has had a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals and communities through partnerships with corporations, government institutions, and grassroots organizations.