Medical Education and Nature Services (MEANS), with its operations focused in Hyderabad, was established with the aim of serving elderly by adopting a holistic approach in conducting welfare programs and medical camps and running old age homes. What started in 1994 as a small old age home with 4 beds has now expanded into 3 big homes accommodating 150 aged, poor, and disabled people where beneficiaries are provided with nutritional supplements and trained care round the clock.
Some of their activities are:
Health and Awareness Camps: MEANS conducts health and awareness camps in coordination with local hospitals and doctors on topics such as safe motherhood. Monthly check-ups and medication are given to expectant mothers at an outreach clinic in a Hyderabad slum. MEANS also organises immunization camps for children. Over 5,000 patients have attended 5 mega and mini camps thus far. In FY15, Malaria and TB camps were conducted to spread awareness and provide treatment.
Women Labour Welfare: In order to promote equality at workplace and prevent their exploitation, MEANS has formed working women organisations in Bakshiguda village for its members to conduct meetings to discuss equal wages and rights, and ways to prevent abuse at the workplace. MEANS encourages women’s financial education and has an Adult Education Centre where the same is provided.
World Elders Day: On the occasion of World Elders Day, MEANS coordinates a program especially for depressed housebound elders at the Bakshiguda Community Hall where food, entertainment, and small group interactions are organised to spread joy in the lives of the elderly.
Community Service: Community service events are organised to educate the target group on the campaigns of MEANS. These events have an average of 150 people in attendance.
Festivals and Workshops: Festivals like Diwali, Women’s day, Independence Day, Children’s Day and Makar Sankranti are celebrated during the year. Training workshop on rehabilitation of road side beggars and elders and seminars on Health, Security and Community and Urban Equity, Urban Financing and Urban India are also conducted.
Income Rs56 lac
Expense Rs57 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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