Mega Wellness Camps - "Aarogya Mahashivir" - To Take Place in Five Indian Cities

By Rotary International, PRNE
Thursday, December 3, 2009

DELHI, India, December 4 - Rotary International (the global humanitarian service
organization) India PolioPlus programme, in partnership with Abbott, the
global healthcare company, are running a series of Mega Wellness Camps
throughout five Indian cities during the first week of December.

The Mega Wellness Camps or "Aarogya Mahashivir " are daylong
events where doctors and laboratory assistants provide free consultation and
education to all walk-in patients on a wide range of health issues. Members
of the community will have access to free Thyroid and Diabetes tests and
other routine check-ups such as weight and blood pressure.

Rotary International's India National PolioPlus Committee
(INPPC) partnered with Abbott in this initiative which is a step towards
meeting their goal of enhancing access to health care. For Rotary's India
National PolioPlus Committee, the effort is part of their strategy to meet
the health needs of the community at large beyond Polio vaccination.

Rotary's India National PolioPlus Committee Chairman Deepak
said "This partnership with Abbott is an extension of Rotary's public
health initiatives in India. Rotary has been championing the global Polio
eradication initiative and we believe such health care support will help
further the cause of Polio eradication in India by creating goodwill and
acceptance amongst the community". Mr. Kapur further added, "We are extremely
pleased to have Abbott on board in making such medical health treatments
accessible to the underprivileged sections particularly in the State of U.P
and Bihar".

Mr. Vivek Mohan, MD of Abbott India said "At Abbott, during
our 100 years in India, we have strived to make healthcare accessible to
those who need it most and the Rotary International's Mega Wellness Camps now
provide one of the most effective platforms to reach out to these communities
to make a tangible difference."

The Mega Wellness Camps are being conducted in Mumbai, Delhi,
Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi.

About Rotary International:

Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary International is the
world's first and one of the largest non-profit humanitarian service
organizations. It is comprised of 1.2 million business and professional
leaders in nearly 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects
that address many of today's most critical issues such as violence, AIDS,
hunger, the environment and health care. Rotary International is best known
for being a spearheading partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
and is the largest private sector donor to the campaign. More than 1 million
Rotary members have volunteered their time and personal resources to protect
nearly 2 billion children in 122 countries from polio. Rotary provides
contingency funds, and has contributed more than US$ 832 million towards the
global Polio eradication effort. In addition, Rotary has played a major role
in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than US$ 5 billion to
Rotary's PolioPlus Programme.

About Abbott:

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to
the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and
medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The
company employs more than 72,000 people and markets its products in more than
130 countries.

For further information, please contact the local Rotary media
representatives: Gracelle Gerber, Email:, Ph No:
+91-9221270191 or +27-832726373

For further information, please contact the local Rotary media representatives: Gracelle Gerber, Email: gracelle at, Ph No: +91-9221270191 or +27-832726373

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