The project has been instituted with an aim that no one should die of heart disease just because they cannot otherwise afford treatment
Heart Care Foundation of India, a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease free nation today launched its new initiative, the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund. The basic ideology behind the fund is to ensure that no person dies of a heart disease just because he or she cannot afford treatment. The launch event was held on the occasion of World Heart Day in the presence of none other than renowned motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed author Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Kedar Nath Sahni Auditorium in New Delhi. Any person irrespective of their gender, religion or age can apply for the benefits of the fund by calling on its helpline number +919958771177.
Research indicates that in the National Capital of India itself, 19 patients die directly due to heart disease everyday. Several of the heart conditions are curable and death is preventable; however, not everyone can afford the treatment and hospital costs. The Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund is an attempt to bridge this disparity and provide individuals the ability to live a healthy- and disease-free life. Since the inception of the project in April 2014, over 200 patients belonging to economically weaker sections of the society have already been helped and treated. The aim is to take this number up to 600 by the end of the first year itself.
Speaking at the occasion Dr. Deepak Chopra, the New Age Motivational Guru and Internationally Acclaimed Author said, “Heart disease is becoming a global problem and its implications in a country like India where majority of the people cannot afford treatment is huge. I applaud NGOs like the Heart Care Foundation of India for playing such an instrumental role in spreading preventive health awareness in the country and providing effective solutions for the economically weaker sections of the society. The Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund is a noble project aimed at ensuring that no person dies of heart disease because they cannot afford treatment. I urge everyone to come forward and support Dr. KK Aggarwal and his team in making this a success”.
Adding to this, Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri, National Science and Communication and Dr. BC Roy Awardee and President of the Heart Care Foundation of India said, ”We at Heart Care Foundation of India are committed to raising awareness and providing effective solutions to the growing medical problems in the country. As a part of this endeavor, in addition to our two flagship projects the Perfect Health Mela, a mass health awareness module; and the Hands Only CPR campaign, a project to educate the masses about revival after sudden cardiac arrest; we have launched the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to help save lives of all those heart patients who cannot afford treatment. We are extremely thankful to Dr. Deepak Chopra and the Malik Family for supporting us in this cause and hope that we can continue to make a difference to the society in the future”.
An expert committee assesses all applications received by the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund. Once sanctioned, the funds are directly deposited in the bank account of the medical establishments treating the patient. Heart Care Foundation of India provides surgeries in association with leading hospitals in the capital city such as Medanta – The Medcity and National Heart Institute for surgical treatments and also provides lodging facilities at concessional rates for outstation patients. In order to reach more patients, a mass patient screening drive will be conducted at the 21st MTNL Perfect Health Mela, another project of the NGO scheduled to be held between October 15-19, 2014 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
Commenting on its partnership with the project for the treatment of patients with congenital heart diseases, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman of Medanta - The Medicity said, “In India itself 1.3 lakh children are born with congenital heart disease every year and can live a healthy life with timely surgery. Understanding the plight of the large number of people who don’t have the means to opt for this surgery, we at Medanta - The Medicity are supporting the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund in its effort to ensure that no person dies of heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment”.
Addressing the press, Mr. Raghuvinder Kataria, a leading Entrepreneur, International Investor and the Chief Patron of Heart Care Foundation of India said, “On behalf of the Malik family and myself, I congratulate Heart Care Foundation of India on a project as noble as the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund.With each life saved, Sameer continues to live in our hearts”.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion included Mr. Mukul Rohatagi, Attorney General of India, Mr. Satish Upadhyay, BJP Delhi President and Dr. OP Yadava, Chairman National Heart Institute.