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Aid to the Frontline: WWF-India and Apollo Hospitals Join Hands for Welfare of Forest Staff

October 26, 2015 - New Delhi, Delhi, India

Business Wire India
Forest guards play an indispensable role in protecting the forest habitats and species that WWF-India strives to conserve. Their job involves patrolling vast swathes of often-inhospitable terrain with bare minimum protection and hardly any access to emergency medical facilities in case of any severe mishaps or illnesses suffered on-job.

In an effort to address such severe medical conditions and provide immediate medical relief and support, WWF-India and Apollo Hospitals have announced a one-year partnership for these forest guards.  The partnership will entail the Chennai-based hospital chain providing treatment and recovery support for frontline staff in case of a severe medical emergency, while on field. This support will be provided in 10 priority landscapes where WWF-India is actively working along with the state forest departments of Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.  
A partnership announcement by the two organizations covers superior quality medical treatment of patients on a first-come-first-serve basis. The services made available to the forest staff would also include air ambulance and other emergency medical rescue services. For other cases, WWF-India and the state forest departments involved will admit the sick/injured staff to the nearest Apollo Hospital or its franchisee at their own expense.
This unique partnership between the two organizations will cover medical cases including (but not restricted to) grievous injury due to attacks by wild animals; fall from elevated areas (like hills or machans); accidents while patrolling in vehicles (collision, falling off etc);  burns during fire-fighting operations; bullet/sharp weapon injuries inflicted by  poachers; injuries inflicted by people during mob control when  handling cases of  human-wildlife conflict ; life threatening diseases like malaria, dengue etc; venomous bites/stings , and electrocution.
The partnership represents a significant milestone in ensuring the welfare of the frontline staff. Appreciating the initiative, Mr. Samir Sinha, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve, said, “Programs such as this are essential to the morale of the frontline staff, and for their continued welfare. We welcome this novel initiative by WWF-India and Apollo Hospitals.”
WWF-India aims to explore several such opportunities wherein processes and policies can be put in place to benefit forest staff across the country. “Our frontline personnel are an important part of the conservation family, and are willing to put their lives on line to protect our wildlife. Their efforts and sacrifice must not go unnoticed. We welcome this partnership with Apollo Hospitals which will boost their morale and empower them”, said Mr. Ravi Singh, WWF-India Secretary General and CEO.
Ms Upasana Kamineni, Vice Chairperson , CSR at Apollo Hospitals Group said: “We at Apollo Hospitals group understand the perils that these frontline staff go through and we are always there to support them and are happy to help conserve our wildlife’’.

About WWF-India

WWF-India is one of the largest conservation organizations in the country, engaged in wildlife and nature conservation. It has an experience of over four decades in the field and has made its presence felt through a sustained effort not only towards nature and wildlife conservation, but also through sensitizing people by creating awareness through capacity building and enviro-legal activism. The key areas of the work of WWF-India include conservation of key wildlife species and their habitats, management of rivers, wetlands and their eco-systems, promoting sustainable livelihoods, environment education and awareness activities within a variety of social structures, mitigating the impacts of climate change, transforming businesses and markets towards sustainability and combating illegal wildlife trade.
A part of WWF International, one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF-India has a nationwide presence in the country with over 60 state and field offices distributed over 20 states. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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About Apollo Hospitals

Apollo Hospitals has been the forerunner of integrated healthcare in Asia, as well as globally. Today, the group's futuristic vision has ensured that it has been in a position of strength at every touch point of the healthcare delivery chain. Its presence encompasses over 10,000 beds across 64 hospitals, more than 2200 pharmacies, over 100 primary care & diagnostic clinics, 115 telemedicine units across 9 countries, health insurance services, global projects consultancy, 15 academic institutions and a Research Foundation with a focus on global clinical trials, epidemiological studies, stem-cell and genetic research.
With 31 years of earning the trust of 42 million patients, Apollo Hospitals touching and enriching lives is the cornerstone of the Group’s philosophy. A futuristic design backed by years of experience, at a fraction of international costs marching towards global excellence in patient care. Not only is the Apollo Group one of the largest integrated healthcare groups in the region, it has also successfully catalyzed the private healthcare revolution in the country. Apollo Hospitals has touched and enriched the lives of 42 million patients from 120 countries.
Honouring Apollo Hospitals’ commitment to healthcare, the Government of India had issued a commemorative stamp, the first ever for a healthcare organization. Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group was conferred the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to healthcare. For 30 years, Apollo Hospitals has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation.
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Photo Caption: Ms Upasna Kamineni , Vice chairperson , CSR , Apollo Hospitals with Mr Karan Bhalla, COO , WWF-India and other dignitaries

Source: Business Wire India


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