GN Bureau | September 14, 2015
The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has announced Apollo Tyres as the winner of the ASIAN CSR Awards 2015 under the health enhancement category.
Apollo Tyres was chosen as the winner from among 134 entries from 12 Asian countries. M R Pridiyathorn Devakula, Former deputy prime minister of Thailand presented the award at a function Bangkok to Sunam Sarkar, president and chief business officer of Apollo Tyres Ltd.
Apollo Tyres has been awarded for the continued and meaningful engagement with its stakeholders and adopting a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for the implementation of its HIV-AIDS initiative.
From customers to employees, to the supply chain partners, the company has invested substantial resources in the wellbeing of its stakeholders. For widespread benefit of this initiative among the target population in India, Apollo Tyres has strategic partnerships with government bodies and other companies.
Sunam Sarkar said “our first health care centre was established in 2,000 at a large transhipment hub on the outskirts of Delhi. At that point of time, this Health Care Centre looked at the awareness and prevention of HIV-AIDS and general health within the commercial vehicle community. Over the years, this initiative has grown to 25 community focused Health Care Centres in India, each of which treats nearly 200 patients per month.”
In the past fiscal (2014-15), the centres have treated over 3,305 patients for sexually transmitted infections and over 54168 patients for general health issues; while over 39990 people underwent counselling on HIV-AIDS; 15458 underwent voluntary testing for HIV-AIDS, of which 111 were tested HIV positive. Since launch of the HIV-AIDS awareness and prevention initiative, team Apollo has reached out to nearly 28 lakh people under this initiative.
Apollo Tyres health centres provide consultation, STI and HIV-AIDS testing and treatment and counselling services to the community in the transhipment hub.
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