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Piramal Swasthya gets ‘Inclusive Health Access Award’

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Recognition for innovations including community outreach programmes and telemedicine services

Piramal Swasthya’s has been recognised with USAID’s ‘Inclusive Health Access Award’ at the ‘Locally Leading the Way to Universal Health Care’ event aligned to the United Nations General Assembly’s theme of Universal Health. The award has been bestowed on Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute for innovations including comprehensive primary healthcare through community outreach programmes and telemedicine services to the unserved and underserved sections of society in India. Vishal Phanse, CEO, Piramal Swasthya, accepted the award at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Swati Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Group said, “We are delighted to be recognised by Inclusive Health Access Award for Piramal Swasthya’s high impact solutions towards democratising healthcare services across 20 states in India. Over the last decade, Piramal Swasthya has successfully implemented several primary healthcare services and initiatives for the marginalised sections of society, especially in remote and inaccessible geographies across the country. At Piramal Swasthya, we are committed to delivering sustainable, scalable, replicable and affordable primary healthcare solutions to unserved and underserved sections of society.”

Five winners from 400 applications across 68 countries received a $30,000 grant from USAID’s Innovation Incentive Award Authority. These awards are issued as fund transfers and the award money may be used at the winning teams’ discretion.

Commenting on the occasion, Vishal Phanse, CEO, Piramal Swasthya said, “USAID’s Inclusive Health Access Award is a testament to Piramal Swasthya’s role as a catalyst. I am humbled that our efforts in this area has been recognised globally. Piramal Swasthya is poised to transform India’s most pressing healthcare needs and help India achieve a maternal mortality rate of 70.”

The Inclusive Health Access Prize is a global call for proven successes in expanding access to life-saving basic health care in low and middle-income countries. The prize recognises and incentivises evidence-based solutions that increase accessibility, affordability, accountability, and reliability of essential healthcare. USAID also facilitates access to financial and other support so that proven models can obtain maximum reach and impact. It recognises work that demonstrates how integration and partnership between public and private sector providers expands the access to affordable, accountable, and reliable health services for poor and vulnerable groups. The aim is to celebrate and spur a broad range of approaches that are sustainable, scalable and replicable. Successful models will engage local civil society, community, faith-based, for-profit commercial and/or other non-profit organisations that work as partners with communities in functioning health systems.

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