Public charitable trust Mukul Madhav Foundation and leading pipes and fittings maker Finolex have joined hands for a long-term project to help children with cerebral palsy across various districts of western Maharashtra and Konkan belt.
The two organisations first came together in November 2015 to help such children in Satara near here, after the Foundation was approached by the district administration which in a survey had identified 314 children diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Subsequently, MMF approached Finolex to take this initiative under their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) umbrella and they decided to donate specially designed chairs for such children for the district zila parishad schools, Finolex and MMF said in a joint statement.
Taking their initiative further, the venture also decided to donate special wheelchairs and portable commode chairs to each of these children at their homes.
The statement said that 30 children are being covered under this venture every month.
“So far, out of the promised figures, Finolex and MMF have successfully donated 169 wheelchairs and 103 commode chairs at homes and 100 cerebral palsy chairs in the Zila Parishad schools,” the two organisations said.
The statement added that they have also decided to provide physiotherapist to these children after they found the government had appointed only one physiotherapist for the entire Satara district.
They have further decided to help provide expert doctors such as pediatric neurologists and ortho surgeons to treat these children, while special camps have also been held.
Under these initiatives, 12 children have been successfully operated upon at Sancheti Hospital, Pune, while rehabilitation centres are being opened to provide post- surgery physiotherapy sessions to the children.
The two organisations said they have appealed to Satara district administration to help them by providing centres at each taluka and they are also ready to make this a long-term initiative.
“This is a pilot project that Mukul Madhav Foundation and Finolex Industries are looking to launch on a long-term basis and will replicate the same across other districts in Western Maharashtra and Konkan belt,” the statement said.