Dr. Anil Shah Awarded Builder of Berkeley || SVM participates in Berkeley Innovation Forum || Chief Minister Visits Apollo Telehealth Clinic || Health Minister Visits SVM Projects || Access to Drinking Water With Tata Swach Installation || Why Smart Villages Are the Future of Emerging Economies
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October was a big month for Smart Village Movement, with new milestones and exciting developments.
The SVM USA team was invited to attend the 2021 Berkeley Innovation Forum, an exclusive knowledge-sharing professional networking event to discuss Open-Innovation and learn about its application in the social sector.
At UC Berkeley, our Chairman Dr. Anil Shah was recognized as a ‘Builder of Berkeley’ in a ceremony that celebrated his extraordinary philanthropy and contribution toward the school’s programs and learning centers, lighting the way for deep research and interventions in India’s rural markets.
On October 13, we welcomed the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma to inaugurate our Apollo Hospitals-Telehealth Services Digital Dispensary at East Garo Hills district. Support from a progressive government is the key to the successful implementation of our rural pilot projects. The encouragement from the HCM and the community’s enthusiastic participation deeply validate our efforts to bring tech-driven interventions to rural communities.
In our quest for access to clean water, SVM partnered with Tata Swach to establish a water purification system in Meghalaya that provides an additional source of water with cutting-edge methodology.
October 8, 2021, marked the day Smart Village Movement Chairman Dr. Anil Shah and his wife Preeti’s names were etched on a prominent outdoor monument at UC Berkeley. This was in honor of their contribution to the school as they joined the ranks of ‘Builders of Berkeley’ – for one of the most distinguished public universities in the world. Each year the university updates the monument with the names of new Builders and honors them in a ceremony that celebrates their extraordinary philanthropy and ongoing generosity toward the school’s programs and learning centers, lighting the way for generations of brilliant students. Read the full update here
SVM at the Berkeley Innovation Forum
The SVM USA team was invited to attend the 2021 Berkeley Innovation Forum held at Berkeley Haas School of Business. Open-Innovation and the importance of Learning Platforms emerged as key themes for post-pandemic success. Given that SVM is founded on these two principles, we are uniquely positioned to launch innovative business strategies for public service in the rural sector.
In a symposium co-hosted by Smart Village Movement and Haas School of Business Center of Growth Markets, SVM Executive Chairman Dr. Anil Shah and CGM Executive Director Solomon Darwin presented our sustainable model and impact of current rural development projects in Meghalaya to supporters and BIF members. We are very grateful for the warm support and collaboration that this network offers SVM. Read the full update here.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma Visits
Apollo Telehealth Clinic
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya – Shri. Conrad K Sangma inaugurated our Apollo Hospitals – TeleHealth Services Digital Dispensary in Rongjeng, East Garo Hills District amidst enthusiastic participation from the community. These Digital Dispensaries will lead the community towards a more digitized healthcare system driven by modern state-of-the-art technology. The HCM praised these interventions in a Tweet saying “Through technology-driven interventions, the Digital Dispensary will provide its services with minimal cost to patients.” SVM has five Apollo clinics across Meghalaya to bridge the gap in the rural healthcare sector through accessible, affordable, and efficient health services. The digital dispensary will be equipped with teleconsultation, basic diagnostics, and medicines with minimal cost to the patient. The idea is to bring efficient health services nearer to the villages to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditure. Each dispensary will cater to the 20-25 villages in the area. See Video here
Health Minister James PK Sangma Visits SVM Projects
Mr. James Sangma, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Meghalaya dropped in at SVM’s project locations in Sohrarim, a village that showcases solutions enabled by modern digital technology and Open-Innovation. The Minister welcomed the value creation through our channels to build market access in the rural world.
Mr. James, at the Salesforce Lab, expressed great satisfaction to see our model that combines many independent learning solutions for children-A first of its kind in India.
“It is encouraging to see private enterprises moving closer to rural areas creating last-mile access and affordable solutions through technology & skilled manpower,” said the Health Minister about the projects.
Access to Clean Water With Tata Swach Installation
In partnership with Tata Swach Tech Jal, Smart Village Movement has established a Water purification system at Nongthymmai Lumthangding Village in Meghalaya. This system will be operating at a capacity of supplying 200 liters of potable water per hour. The location of the setup – Umpohliew Eitksar Viewpoint is a popular tourist attraction. This system also serves as a water refilling station for tourists selling purified water at Rs. 5 per bottle, thus promoting the use of eco-friendly reusable bottles and reducing plastic waste from disposable bottles. The filter will be run by the Self Help Group (SHG) of the village, creating alternative livelihood options for women. The machine is easy to operate with a minimum workforce. The SVM Team is working with SHGs across Meghalaya to identify more entrepreneurship-based business models, stay tuned to learn more.
SVM Blog: Why Smart Villages Are the Future
of Emerging Economies
“It’s time we balance our good intentions with clear judgment, agile thinking, and determined action that are required to help address this significant concern of inequity and poverty that we all face as a global community. We can achieve this by putting practical ideas and processes into place so that the intrinsic human traits of independence, self-sufficiency, and self-determination can flourish among rural communities.” Read More…
SVM is poised to create a paradigm shift concerning healthcare in Meghalaya through the principles of Open innovation, Co-Innovation, and collaboration with our Positive Population Healthcare Management (PPHM) Project. Building pilot models for a shift from disease management to disease prevention is paramount to the state’s vision. At SVM, leveraging the application of new technologies and digital solutions focuses on enabling components of the State Health Policy 2021 to augment service delivery through AI. They serve as powerful tools to help the community, public institutions, and enterprises to anchor new developmental paths, as seen across best practices around the world. SVM aims to propel the healthcare sector through a holistic approach and enable a continuum of care through multiple healthcare services for the people.
Rural Entrepreneurship in M’laya to Get Boost with Farmers Development Centre
SHILLONG, Oct 23: The Smart Village Movement, in collaboration with eFresh Global and Meghalaya Government, has come up with a one-stop solution for the agricultural ecosystem in the state.
The Farmers Development Centre (eFresh Global), through rural entrepreneurship, aims to be a one-stop center for the farmer’s journey in the region with agri-advisory, capacity-building, agri-inputs, and market linkages.Read More…
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