IMPACT was launched in October 1983 as an International Initiative Against Avoidable Disablement, promoted by the UNDP, UNICEF and WHO in association with the governments of each participating country, as a result of a National Plan of Action. It acts as a catalyst to bring together the Government, the corporate sector and existing NGOs in mass health programmes of national priority.
It aims to initiate, augment and intensify action against those causes of massively prevalent disablement against which there exists a potential for prevention and control, which can be delivered through existing delivery systems and available infrastructure.It treats millions of people who are disabled by curable blindness, deafness and physical handicaps and deformities, by restoring sight, hearing, mobility and correction of facial deformities.
Volunteers’ missions: The volunteers could serve at the patients’ registration desks, in the pre and post operative areas, interact with the corporate sponsors and take care of the well-being of patients. They could interview doctors, nurses and others involved in the project’s organisation.
Volunteers’ missions: Help with the preparation/design of visual Flip Charts, Posters and other public health education materials (in the local language – Marathi) on subjects such as reducing anaemia in adolescent girls, rubella immunisation, sanitation and hygiene, cultivation of kitchen gardens, documentation of the initiatives (in English) and even training the CHI Field staff on basic computer skills (in English). Good quality, high-resolution photographs are ongoing requirements at both projects.
Volunteering duration: Volunteers to both projects can stay for a few days, a few weeks or even many months, by paying for their own cost of travel, accommodation and hospitality.
Lifeline Express: It is a unique concept of running the Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital on a train.Upto December 2010, over 600,000 disabled poor in rural India have so far benefited from the remarkable train, and other countries have come forward to start their Lifeline Express on which major surgeries have been performed to restore movement, hearing, sight and correction of clefts with the help of the donated skills and services of over 80,000 surgeons, to make this dream possible.
Community Health Initiative (CHI): This is an innovative, unprecedented and challenging opportunity to dramatically reduce or correct disabilities in a population of 1.5 million persons like anemia, malnutrition, vaccine preventable diseases, diarrhea in children, infant and maternal mortality, immunization, nutrition, visual Impairment, cleft lip and palate, hearing, locomotion (mainly Polio) and other disabilities.
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