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UPL CSR @ Ivory Coast

The Heart Fund Announces 5 Year Medical Program and Second Cardiac Mobile Clinic Thanks to Partnership with UPL

The Heart Fund today announces the implementation of a 5-year medical program and second cardiac mobile clinic – The Heart Mobile™ - for the Côte d’Ivoire, thanks to a partnership with UPL.
This partnership will provide better healthcare delivery in rural and agricultural areas thanks to further general medical training and education, as well as a focus on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions. As a result, children and communities will benefit from the long-term social and economic benefits that come from closing the so-called ‘health wealth divide’.
Funding from UPL has already facilitated the creation of a second mobile cardiac unit, The Heart Mobile™, allowing rural communities to access the same advanced cardiovascular services and screenings as the inhabitants of wealthier areas.
The partnership between The Heart Fund and UPL began in 2020 with a view to continuing for five years. Forced to temporarily halt operations due to COVID-19 last year, the partnership took part in a Covid-19 response program in Côte d’Ivoire alongside the WHO and Ministry of Health, providing the Ivorian Pasteur Institute with PCR test kits and vital personal protective equipment.
Fortunately, the medical program is now rapidly gaining momentum, with a pilotphase running from February-July 2021. During this time, The Heart Fund and UPLwill be carrying out screening and prevention campaigns, undertaking diagnosis and medical treatments, and providing medical training to providers across the Côte d’Ivoire.
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Established in India in 1969, UPL is one of the world’s leading total crop solutions companies. Their goal is to secure the world’s long term food supply through an integrated portfolio of agricultural inputs, products and solutions.
UPL is working to power new levels of sustainable growth which will help generate a deeper and long-lasting impact on society, enabling agriculture to be properly valued, food to be sustainable and farmers able to thrive. This perfectly aligns with The Heart Fund who aim to improve the economic situation in developing countries by reducing the negative impact of cardiovascular diseases on the population.
“This new medical program is aligned with the WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals which set out a vision for a world that is free from poverty, hunger and disease. It also follows the positive impact already made by The Heart Fund in Côte d’Ivoire. The first clinic, deployed in partnership with the Didier Drogba Foundation in 2015 has performed more than 18,000 cardiovascular consultations, trained 91 healthcare workers and successfully operated on 15 children in the region.”
Mr. Jai Shroff
Established in 2010, The Heart Fund is an international non-profit organisation with United Nations ECOSOC Special Consultative Status and is an associate member of the World Heart Federation. The Heart Fund aims to reduce the prevalence of heart diseases in developing countries through the development of innovative solutions that improve access to cardiac care, particularly in underprivileged communities. The Heart Fund collaborates with more than 100 volunteer experts and 120 private and institutional partners in Africa, India and the Americas.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of this new 5-year partnership with UPL and the Shroff family, who continue to share in our vision for global health. We believe this vision can only be achieved through continued innovation in health technology and its mobility, which will close the gap that prevents some communities from accessing proper healthcare. We believe that we can address this by bringing the hospital and medical team closer to the population to educate, prevent and treat if needed. Mobility and technology are key to providing quality care to the last mile.”
Dr. David Luu
Founder and President of The Heart Fund,
paediatric cardiac surgeon


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