Mumbai: SBI General Insurance, one of India’s leading general insurance companies, is associated with Inali Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims at providing affordable robotic upper limbs to those who have lost them in an accident or do not have them by birth. Under the CSR project, SBI General has contributed towards the distribution of over 260 limbs in the rural areas of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.
As per reports, nearly 0.5 million people in India are amputated each year, with 23,500 more being added to the figure each year. Almost 85 per cent of these amputees live without a proper solution. SBI General has provided support to the Inali Foundation, as part of its CSR programme, in response to the rise in these tragic accidents each year, the economic divide and the lack of healthcare infrastructure in rural areas, which make it difficult for people to access medical care for the fixation of prosthetic limbs.
These limbs can be categorised as robotic limbs where beneficiaries can experience the three-finger movement and hold up to 10 kgs weight, and with a certain amount of exercise, utmost utilisation of the limb is possible. SBI General has tried to bridge the gap through limbs on wheels by funding the cost and holding camps, thereby providing artificial limbs to the beneficiaries.
Kishore Kumar Poludasu, MD & CEO, SBI General Insurance, said, “While the population segment with amputated limbs is significant and increasing every year, not all of them can afford surgery or artificial limbs. We, at SBI General, are glad to be able to make a significant difference to such population by contributing to this cause in enabling people functional robotic limbs that will help the end-users restore their self-confidence, giving each recipient a new lease on life. We have supported this project for the past two years and helped in facilitating Limbs on Wheels.”