As COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease here in Meghalaya, Smart Village Movement’s intervention in healthcare, agriculture, and education sees rapid progress. Active projects on the ground like Gramin Healthcare, Salesforce Trailblazer Labs, and the Farmer Development Centers have been well accepted by the villagers and are scaling up activities and their reach to benefit the villagers from 20 of our treatment villages.
In September, Apollo Telehealth started its operations on the ground in 3 locations around Meghalaya bringing villagers access to doctors and specialists from the comfort of their own community.
Another exciting development for our team is the approval of a Positive Population Management (PPM) project that is designed to bring Preventive Healthcare to rural India. Stay tuned to hear more about this in the coming weeks.
We are rapidly expanding our community outreach through events & internships within the organization and have enhanced our digital footprint with a brand new website at smartvillagemovement.org. Do visit us to understand how the SVM model works and learn about projects that address rural challenges.
As always, my team and I thank you for your support of underserved people in India as we strive to bring them access to benefits that we take for granted.
Anil Shah, MD, FACC,
Smart Village Movement.
At a Glance…
Apollo Telehealth begins Operations in three Locations
Apollo Hospitals’ Telehealth services have been setting up digital dispensaries in five locations across the state of Meghalaya. Operations have begun in three locations.
Farmer Development Centers – Ground visit with all Stakeholders & Discussions with the Government
The representatives from a number of partner organizations visited the Government Representatives and the FDCs to discuss operations and future scaling.
Interns from MLCU, Shillong join the Movement
Student Interns from Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong have started working with SVM to assist ground operations in the villages including assessments and surveys to understand and document impact.
Salesforce Trailblazer Labs gain Popularity
The Sohrarim Trailblazer labs continue to organize daily activities to engage the community children while also making progress with the other programs in the lab from Curiosity Gym, Nook, and more.
PPM Prepares to Start Operations
The Positive Population Management (PPM) project, which has been planned to help the healthcare services in the entire state of Meghalaya through digital data analysis, is all set to launch. We look forward to a day when PPM makes preventive healthcare a positive habit among villagers.
New Look to our Website
Smart Village Movement has a refreshed digital look with our new website at www.smartvillagemovement.org. Visit to learn more about how our model is different and details about our projects on the ground.
Scroll ahead to read more in our October 2021 Newsletter.
Apollo Telehealth Begins Operations in Three Locations
Apollo Hospitals – TeleHealth Services will be offering specialty and super-specialty Teleconsultation services by creating Digital Dispensaries in Meghalaya. With five strategic locations finalized around the state of Meghalaya, the projects have started operations in three locations – Tyrsad (Mawphlang), Mawdngung (Sohiong), and Dadenggre (West Garo Hills) while the other two locations’ civil works are nearing completion.
The fulcrum of the Digital Dispensaries project has been the opportunity to augment existing and constrained infrastructural resources and transforming them with a leap of aspiration. Leveraging the existing ecosystems at Apollo Hospitals, today we embark our journey with advancing technologically enabled services and shrinking the out of pocket expenditures for people at large. Recently launched are the new telemedicine centers that will be scaled across three districts of Meghalaya.
Farmer Development Centers Ground Visit With Stakeholders & Discussions with the Government
Representatives from eFresh, Sammunati, Rallis, and Kisan Kraft visited the Farmer Development Centres in Sohrarim (Laitkroh Block), Tyrsad (Mawphlang Block) and Madankynsaw (West Jaintia Hills). Meeting the Entrepreneurs from the three FDCs in the field, the representatives were able to examine how the operations have been going on so far along with planning the next steps for each FDC. With the next harvesting season for Rabi crops coming up in late December to early January, the discussions focused around harvesting and the activities thereafter.
They also met with Dr. K.N.Kumar IAS, Chairman and Secretary, Farmers (Empowerment) Commission and Bah Soliya from 1917iTeams (a project by the Department of Agriculture to connect farmers to the Agri-Response Centre) to discuss the FDC operations and the next steps. Discussions on how our West Jaintia Hills FDC can be brought under the mandate of the Lakadong mission with help from 1917iTeams for logistics and agro-advisory were taken up.
Interns from MLCU, Shillong Join the Movement
Student Interns from Martin Luther Christian University, Meghalaya have started working for Smart Village Movement. They were oriented into the organization with the SVM team explaining the operations and functions of Smart Village Movement. They will be assisting the SVM team by organizing surveys and assessments for existing and upcoming projects on the ground
The Salesforce Trailblazer Labs Gain Popularity
Salesforce Trailblazer Labs in Sohrarim are in full swing, with increasing engagement with the community. These labs provide a diverse variety of tech learning and innovative thinking and garnered more attention and interest of the community and administrators. Children enjoy their learning activities in the form of reading books, computer skills, and hands-on activities. The Curiosity Gym training on 3D Printing and other technologies teaches children how to create 3D models on their own.
The Nook fellows, another part of the lab, also started their activities at the lab with learning and building new components for the lab which will be ready to showcase and execute in the coming days.
PPM Prepares to Start Operations
SVM is envisioned to participate in a paradigm shift concerning healthcare in Meghalaya through the principles of Open innovation, co-innovation and collaboration via our Positive Population Management (PPM) Project. Its ongoing projects in the state of Meghalaya across several working verticals have helped curate the relation of people’s health and the various socio-economic and environmental indicators that are currently in place. 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 strengthens the focus 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 good practices around the world. SVM aims to propel the healthcare sector through a holistic approach to enable a continuum of care through multiple healthcare services for the people.
Impacting people’s lives through Smart Village Movement
Smart Village Movement consists of a group of passionate global citizens that are concerned about the 3.4 billion rural people in the world that do not have access to global markets. Their aim is to foster growth and empower rural communities in India through the employment of digital technologies.Read More…
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