There has been a steady rise in the population of the elderly in India. The number of elderly persons has increased from 19.8 million in 1951 to 76 million in 2001, and projections indicate that the number of people above the age of 60 in India will increase to 198 million in 2030. (Source: Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment).
Delhi-NCR has a total population of over 2 crore and more than 8 per cent of this consists of elderly persons (above 60). The elderly population in Delhi is over 12 lakh.
In the absence of proper medical aid and social security the elderly are facing many issues.
In an effort to address these issues, Billion Hearts Beating Foundation (BHB) has identified 22 old age homes in Delhi NCR till date, where medical needs are assessed through health checks and medication is provided on a regular basis.
In Tamil Nadu, the programme is being executed in 26 old age homes located in different regions like Chennai, Trichy, Karur, Karaikudi and Madurai; where monthly medicines for the residents are provided.
The aim of the programme is to assess the medical conditions of the residents and to provide the required medication in old age homes across other cities in India where Apollo Hospitals have a presence. Similar institutional facilities would be adopted and all the medication requirements of the residents would be met by Billion Hearts Beating Foundation (BHB). BHB will be leading the programme with the support of Apollo Pharmacy.
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