Umeed is the largest foundation in Punjab providing primary healthcare and social empowerment in Sangrur the most backward district of the state. Since its inception in 1997, Umeed has reached out to 550 villages and benefited 12 million people of diverse communities with services in healthcare, social empowerment and community development. Our programmes Our Healthcare project ‘Health at the Doorstep’ aims to provide free primary healthcare (including medicines) to the rural people by taking a team of doctors and nurses in mobile vans to the doorstep. Till date over 4.5million patients have been treated and 35% cases referred for secondary care to Government/State owned institution. Mega Medical camps using specialists from Cardiology, Dentistry, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Gynecology and Pediatrics at various villages. We have already organized 7 heart camps in collaboration with Escorts Heart & Research Institute, New Delhi providing free consultation and tests to the poor. For the last 6 years Reproduction and Child Health programme is being organized, where over 140,000 poor people have benefited. Supported by the Punjab State AIDS Control Society, Umeed in its own small way has created awareness about HIV/AIDS with two high risk communities like the truckers and the migrant labour community in Sangrur District in Punjab. We also organize periodic health check-ups for school children and senior citizens in Sangrur district. Umeed has joined hands with Airtel Bharti Schools, who are opening schools in rural areas, where it will carry out quarterly health checks for each student. Women’s Empowerment Umeed has successfully formed over 350 Self Help Group ‘Umeed Mahila Manch’ that consists of 15 to 20 women from similar economic strata from the same village. Till date Umeed has already made a difference to 4,000 women through this programme. Economic Empowerment To make the rural women economically independent, Umeed undertakes programmes that train women to become individual entrepreneurs by providing skills development training in bag making, soap and candle making, pickles and preserves, chalk making and bookbinding. Over 6,000 girls have been trained in cutting, stitching, embroidery and crochet work at Umeed stitching centers. Education and awareness generation Umeed in partnership with the Australian High Commission has in the past imparted elementary education to illiterate women. Today it is a self sustaining programme where through private sponsorship by Umeed at least 500 women have become literate. Upcoming projects: Eye Hospital Through our Mobile Eye Clinic, we have estimated that over 17000 cataract cases need treatment. Thus keeping our promise of providing primary and secondary healthcare, Umeed is setting up an Eye Hospital in Sangrur through a joint venture with Shroff Charity and Eye Hospital, Delhi. This will be the first facility in the district, which will meet the growing needs for cataract surgery and lens implant. We are committed to treat the underprivileged free of cost, whereas there will be charge for those who can afford the services. More details on Umeed can also be found on our website www.umeedonline.com.