August 30, 2016

Tata Trusts and Government of Tripura introduce initiatives in healthcare and education to improve access through technology

  • Virtual learning centres set up in 11 high schools of Tulashikhar, linked by VSAT connection to a central studio at SCERT at Agartala
  • Emergency Medical Services Plan for Tripura to ensure quick and life-saving response to emergencies and disasters
  • Mobile ECG machines in 39 primary health centres for emergency cardiac care
(From right) R Venkataramanan, Managing Trustee, Tata Trusts, with other officials at the inauguration

Tripura: The Government of Tripura and Tata Trusts today inaugurated virtual classrooms to enable learning at secondary and higher education levels across six blocks of Tripura at SCERT, Agartala this morning. Furthermore, announcing the setting up of an Emergency Medical Services Plan for the state to ensure timely and life-saving response to emergencies. As part of this initiative, mobile ECG machines will be provided in 39 primary health centres for emergency cardiac care. This initiative parties was announced by both parties at a training and facilitation event held at the capital's Pragya Bhavan.

Establishing VSAT-enabled and IT integrated smart classrooms, Tata Trusts shall provide technical support in six blocks: Tulashikhar and Padmabil, Khowai; Manu and Chhamanu blocks in Dhalai and Kathalia and Mohanbhog blocks in Sepahijala. The first leg of the work launches in all 11 High Schools of Tulashikhar block where the Trusts has been working to improve the quality of education in all 97 Government schools.

These virtual learning centres will allow remedial teaching of students and teachers in a centralised manner through organised seminars and special input workshops. The main objective of this initiative is to see an increasing number of students successfully pass in high schools and to encourage more teachers to integrate e- learning contents and modules in everyday teaching. Tata Trusts' technology partners will ensure equitable access to state resources.

In keeping with the benefits obtained from advancing technology Tata Trusts has endeavoured to integrate its use in a number of projects. The ability to monitor, identify and react real-time is a feature best suited to healthcare.

Remote locations and a lack of available equipment, is often a challenge when offering ECG monitoring facilities to patients in Public Healthcare Centres (PHCs). The Trusts through a health initiative outlined under the MoU signed a year ago are working towards bridging this divide by introducing Sanket, a small easy-to-use portable ECG recording device in 39 PHCs across the state, thereby covering all the PHCs in the three districts of Dhalai, Khowai and Sipahijala. Through cutting edge technology, this device aims at providing affordable and timely cardiac care to even remote communities. Training will also be provided to health workers in usage, cardiac emergency care and effective primary level health planning.

By combining technology, operations and processes, Tata Trusts is bringing integrated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Tripura to ensure swift life-saving response to emergencies. Through this, Tata Trusts is working to strengthen existing pre-hospital care and life-saving skills among healthcare personnel; bolstering trauma care facilities; and using technology to improve coordination between EMS and various Govt. departments.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Tata Trusts and the Government of Tripura in July 2015, Tata Trusts has been working to augment, strengthen and supplement systems across livelihood, education, health and nutrition in the state. Tata Trusts has been assisting the State Government in building capacities of various sectors through on ground implementation of projects such as Internet Saathi, livelihood through fisheries and dairy as well as skill building efforts for increased employment opportunities for the states youth.

About Tata Trusts
Tata Trusts is amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served. Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant making, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy, the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation. For more information please visit http://tatatrusts.org/

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Nikita Crasta
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