Vedanta Jharsuguda leads week-long AIDS awareness program
Vedanta Limited, Jharsuguda, India’s largest producer of aluminum and value-added products, celebrates World AIDS Day with a week-long awareness program. The program aims to sensitize its employees and business partners and the local community to the prevention of HIV / AIDS, in connection with the theme “End inequalities, end AIDS, end the pandemic”.
As part of this campaign, Vedanta’s mobile health unit, along with the Wockhardt Foundation, the Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) and employee volunteers reached over 6,000 employees and business partners. Through the campaign, the company intends to cover nearly 2,000 community members in the coming week, including migrant workers, students and police in Jharsuguda.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Deepak Prasad, Dy. Vedanta Ltd. CEO Jharsuguda said: “Ensuring the collective health and well-being of our communities is a key area of our social development initiatives. We have undertaken several health interventions in this region, including providing quality home health services to residents of over 72 remote villages through mobile health units. With such projects, we are committing to our efforts to improve the quality of life of our local communities.
Appreciating the initiative, Mr. Shivprasad Ojha, Program Manager, Technical Assistance Unit (Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust)of OSACS said, “I appreciate Vedanta’s efforts to educate the community about HIV / AIDS prevention. This will go a long way in supporting our fight against this deadly disease. I thank the organization for reaching out to the wider community and working for an AIDS-free society.
In line with the company’s goal of improving the health conditions of local communities, Vedanta provides a wide range of basic and specialized health services in Jharsuguda, which include Mobile Health Units (MHUs), supporting the COVID regional hospital, basic health services with childcare services. , multi-specialty health camps and many others.
Vedanta’s social interventions in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, quality education, women’s empowerment, health, water and sanitation, bio-investment and community infrastructure affect more than 70 villages in Jharsuguda and surrounding areas, benefiting nearly 80,000 people in one year. It empowers over 4,000 women over 339 SHGs, provides home health services to around 32,000 people per year, provides educational support to over 6,400 students, has planted over 1.48 lakh of trees in partnership with residents at community level.