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BAE Systems To Aid Smile Foundation An Indian NGO in Primary Education

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BAE Systems To Aid Smile Foundation An Indian NGO in Primary EducationBritish defense major BAE Systems Wednesday signed an agreement with Smile Foundation, an Indian NGO, to support the underprivileged in primary education and healthcare.The MoU has ushered in a long-term partnership to enable Smile Foundation to support development programmes in the areas of primary education and healthcare in rural and urban communities across seven states of the country.

Smile Foundation has projects across 25 Indian states and an outreach to over 200,000 children, women and youth. These states are Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Further, the firm will help establish and operate a purpose-built mobile medical unit called ‘Smile on Wheels’ equipped with the latest equipment, trained personnel and supplies to serve selected under-served population clusters of Bangalore. In the first year of operations, the outreach of the mobile medical unit is estimated at over 20,000 people.

Smile Foundation co-founder and managing trustee Santanu Mishra said the partnership design with BAE Systems would strengthen the flagship programs such as ‘Mission Education’ and ‘Smile on Wheels’ and also enable expand their reach.

As part of the partnership, BAE Systems will support the school infrastructure, teaching staff and classroom material requirements for children in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, Pune in Maharashtra, Subarnapur in Odisha, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, and Lucknow and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, with a greenfield site in Haryana.

BAE Systems’ support to the mobile medical unit will enable underserved urban communities in Bangalore to avail doorstep access to a team of doctors and nurses and state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities such as x-ray, ECG, I.V. fluid transmission and basic pathological testing.

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