Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Children from Metros welcome Nanhi Kalis from rural towns back-to-school with 3M’s unique program


~3M partners with Reliance Smart to promote girl child education ~


It’s a common question asked to every child in a Metro city – “What do you want to become when you grow up?”. Through good education system and good mentorship from their parents, these children get great exposure to all the right facilities to help them pursue their dreams.

However, did you know that 70% of the girls who are studying in remote towns also want to pursue higher studies, and 74.3% of those girls want to work after studies and have a specific career in mind*?[1] Every child is curious and deserves an education. Project Nanhi Kali managed by K C Mahindra Education Trust is one of the largest community programs imparting education to underprivileged girl children in India. The project provides academic, material and social support that allows a girl child to access quality education, attend school with dignity and reduces the chances of her dropping out.

To strengthen their commitment to support early stage education to the girl child, 3M India has come up with a unique program in partnership with the K C Mahindra Education Trust and Reliance Smart stores. The programme, called “From You to Her”, is all about a child in a Metro city wishing a Nanhi Kali good luck for the new academic year, with a gift of a hand-made craft, and a personalized message.
To execute this, 3M India is organizing craft camps across select Reliance Smart stores during the Back to School season this year. Crafts made by metro city children at these camps, with their personalized messages will be sent to girls in Nanhi Kali schools in Maharashtra as a welcome-back-to-school gift at the start of the academic year.

As a continuation to the gesture, the Nanhi Kalis will send back their hand-written ‘thank you’ notes, which will be given to the children who participated in the craft camps.

It is the endeavor of all three organizations to promote a feeling of empathy and one-ness with girl children pursuing education in rural areas of India, by providing this unique platform for children living in Metro cities.

Apart from the greetings during the ‘Back-to-School’ season, 3M India has also committed to contribute Re.1/- from the sale of every 3M stationery product that is sold from Reliance Smart stores across Faridabad, Mumbai and Bangalore towards education of the girl child.

Commenting at the launch of ‘Back-to-School’ program, former MD of 3M India, Ms. Debarati Sen, who forged the 3M-Nanhi Kali partnership said, “In order to truly raise the awareness on the significance of girl child education, this year, we decided to extend this program to our consumers as well. We are delighted to partner with Reliance Smart who have enabled us to take this initiative to hundreds of households in India.” Ramesh Ramadurai, MD, 3M India also added, “The back-to-school program aims to create a path towards a more empathetic society and we are committed to nurturing education for disadvantages girls through our partnership with Nanhi Kali”

Trustee & Executive Director, K C Mahindra Education Trust, Sheetal Mehta commented: “Education is not just about reading textbooks and writing exams. It is the means to holistic growth of the society and for that, it is of utmost importance to educate our daughters as well as we do our sons. At Project Nanhi Kali, we strive to keep the educational support to our girls as interesting and innovative as possible, with our Yellow Tablets and fun group activities. We are delighted to partner with 3M for their ‘From You to Her’ initiative which will keep our Nanhi Kalis enthused, and at the same time, help imbibe a sense of empathy in the young minds of those from more privileged backgrounds.”

Commenting on the partnership Mr. Damodar Mall, CEO, Reliance Retail Value Format (Grocery Retail) said, “Our stores are significant members of the community they are located in. Working along with the 3M team to invoke awareness and participation amongst our citizen customers about education of the girl child, makes us proud”.


About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

3M in India
3M was established in India in 1988 and has completed 30 years of operations. 3M’s headquarters in India is based in Bengaluru with branch offices at Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai. 3M leverages its global innovation expertise to develop homegrown solutions that address the unique needs of diverse customers in Indian markets. 3M’s Innovation Centers at Bengaluru and Gurgaon help boost innovation in India for India and its manufacturing footprint is spread across Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad. Today 3M science is improving the lives of millions of Indians - from products that improve manufacturing efficiency and healthcare delivery to safety solutions that enhance road visibility and worker safety and everyday home cleaning solutions. 3M Design Center at the Innovation Center in Bengaluru is one of five 3M Design Centers in the world where 3M takes a proactive route in developing meaningful brand experiences through design.

About Project Nanhi Kali
Project Nanhi Kali is jointly managed by K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation. The project has been providing 360-degree educational support to disadvantaged girls from Class 1-10. The intervention includes academic support, through Nanhi Kali Academic Support Centres, where trained tutors engage the girls in concept-based learning. In addition, the Nanhi Kalis are given a Dignity Kit which includes a school bag, stationery, notebooks, feminine hygiene material and a pullover/raincoat (depending on the seasonal needs of the location), every year. The project also works extensively with parents and communities to sensitise them on the importance of sending their girls to school. A recent addition to the project has been the introduction of digital tablets, preloaded with engaging audio-visual education content for secondary school girls. Currently, the project is reaching out to over 154,000 girls in 11 states across India.


About Reliance Smart:
Reliance Smart is a new age supermarket serving the needs of today’s smart and value seeking customers. Reliance Smart provides one-stop shopping experience by offering a wide range of products under one roof, ranging from Grocery, Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy to Kitchenware, Homeware etc., making it a complete shopping destination.
Reliance Smart’s incredible value proposition rewards shoppers more & more for bigger purchase, every single time they shop with 100% assortment being offered below MRP all year round, while delivering a world-class shopping experience.
Over the years, Reliance Smart has catered to the needs of its customers from every day to special occasions across price range. With maximum focus on customer, Reliance Smart continues to offer one of the best in class experience shopping experience in the large format supermarket category with its wide range of offering and its physical proximity to the consumer. Today 165 Reliance Smart stores operate in 100+ cities across the country.

RED Indies- RED FM’s initiative to promote Independent Music on World Music Day


93.5 RED FM, one of the largest and most awarded private radio networks, today launched ‘RED Indies’ to promote Independent Artists and grow independent music scene in India. Launching on World Music Day, RED Indies will serve as a platform to engage and bring out the independent music talent in the country. As part of the launch, RED FM unveiled the logo of RED Indies in presence of multiple independent artists.
 Over the years, Indie music has gained significant popularity in India with new talent emerging from all corners. With RED FM present in 69 cities, it sees potential of discovering new talent, supporting them and gives them an established language agnostic platform that will help bring out their music in front of the audience it deserves.
 Commenting on the launch, Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM and Magic FM, said, “In the era of evolving music, independent artists are changing the scenarios by bringing out the versatility. They create music that is powerful, unique and reaches an equally diverse audience. However, there are many talented artist who miss out on showcasing their potential for different reasons. Recognizing this gap, RED FM has launched ‘RED Indies’ to give opportunities and platforms to these artists to showcase their talent and get the audience they deserve. We are confident that this will provide a fillip to many upcoming artists who are just waiting to be discovered. RED Indies has planned a number of initiatives to grow this tribe of independent artists, the details of which will be announced in due course.”
Over the last decade, the rise of digital media has empowered independent artists from regional states across India to showcase their talent and reach out to a wider set of audiences. With Independent regional music being the next big thing, RED Indies will play an important part to bring out the hidden talent in India. Independent labels provide variety and repertoire to the music industry. As a mass medium, radio can be an enabling platform to showcase the talent by promoting them on the medium.

About 93.5 RED FM:
We are Irreverent; we are young, cool and trendy. We are the voice of today’s Millennial. We are one of the largest radio networks in the country. We are RED FM. Based on the internationally successful CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) format we play only Super Hit music. With the brand philosophy and attitude that is ‘Bajaate Raho!’ at RED FM we always speak up for the right, for the people. Our listeners are at the heart of everything we do and so we are called the ‘station for expression’ by establishing an emotional connect with them. We do things differently; we don’t follow the herd and its testament to the fact that RED FM boasts of over 380 award winning campaigns including BEST BRAND, BEST FM STATION & BEST RJs.

Shine all the way this monsoon with Dhanraj jeweller’s Sapphire collection!


The monsoon season is here and we are all set to welcome the breezy-fizzy weather bringing out all necessary items back from our wardrobe. We all love monsoon for its refreshing experience. Every rainy-day washes away the staleness and brings newness to life. Like every season, this one too inspires you to look your best with trendy accessories.
Many of us avoid wearing jewellery this season. But, if you know how to sashay it with right choice of jewellery, then nothing can stop you from being a fashionista. This season is all about cool blues and blooming flowers. It’s ideal for your little floral dress. You can perfectly wear coloured stone jewellery and make a statement at any party. An elegant pendant with a shiny blue stone is all you need to grab some eyeballs. A chunky design with lots of detailing can make you look elegant and a true fashion icon.
This monsoon, Dhanraj jewellers brings you their latest collection of sapphire stone jewellery. The suite of jewellery pieces complimenting the monsoon season. The collection showcases sapphire jewellery encrusted with diamonds thereby adding a charm to each piece. The versatile jewellery with extraordinary designs is something that is a must in your list for this monsoons.

About Dhanraj Jewellers:
Dhanraj Jewellers is one of India's leading Jewellers, specializing in handcrafted dreams. Years have coupled three generations together, which form the legacy of Dhanraj Jewellers. This legacy has crafted priceless jewellery, delighted hearts and fulfilled promises. Every piece of their jewellery gleams with the brilliance of integrity, which is crafted with unmatched expertise.
To know more:
Visit: www.dhanrajjeweller.in
Instagram: @dhanrajjewellers

Monday, June 24, 2019

SHAGUN GUPTA LAUNCHES NOUVEAU CONTOUR - THE MASTERS IN PERMANENT MAKEUP

                                   

 Beauty Influencer Shagun Gupta today officially launched Nouveau Contour, the masters in permanent makeup (PMU). The brand officially forayed in India with an extravagant event at Taj Lands End Mumbai that saw full attendance from celebrated dermatologists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, socialites and beauticians. Headquartered in Netherlands, Nouveau Contour is the innovator and knowledge leader in permanent makeup. Shagun Gupta, a practicing aesthetician and micropigmentation specialist is the Indian partner for Nouveau Contour. She has been at the forefront of emerging techniques that has been immensely popular in the Indian beauty market. The first Nouveau Contour PMU centre has been launched in Mumbai.

Announcing the launch Shagun Gupta said, “We are delighted to partner with Nouveau Contour in India. Permanent makeup as a sector has significantly evolved over the years from modest procedure to a superior technique. Nouveau Contour has been the innovator in developing new techniques at the highest standards across the globe. We have seen a great demand for permanent make up applications in the Indian market, thanks to the changing lifestyle and trends. Presently we are in the process of launching 5 centres in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Raipur and plan to expand to 10 centres in the first year of operations. We are now celebrating the launch of our first centre in Mumbai. We are also pleased to introduce Nouveau Contour Fundamental and Advanced Training program in Permanent Cosmetics in India. We believe there will be great degree of acceptance for Nouveau Contour permanent make up applications in the Indian market”

Armand Hoes, CEO, Nouveau Contour said, “After having established our presence in 34 countries worldwide we are now pleased to introduce Nouveau Contour in India. We are privileged to partner with Shagun Gupta as she perfectly understands our brand values and treatment procedures. We are confident of her capabilities, passion and foresight to manage the brand in this region. I take this occasion to congratulate Shagun Gupta on the launch of Nouveau Contour centre in Mumbai. Nouveau Contour remains a leader in each of the countries we are presently distributed. We are extremely optimistic that India will be our biggest market for our global growth”.  

Permanent makeup subtly gives your features a whole new shape and definition to boost your self confidence and also saves quite a bit of time on makeup applications. For those who are fed up drawing brows every single day due to hair loss then micopigmentation is the perfect solutions for your eyebrows. With permanent make-up this problem will disappear completely. With the micorpigmentation of lips you can make them look vivid and expressive again. Some of the bespoke packages include Eyelash Eyeliner, Plain Eyeliner, Lip Micro Pigmentation, Advanced Ombre Lips, Icy Lips and Fashion Powder Brows.

The development of micropigmentation and microblading has become one of the fastest growing specialties in the beauty industry worldwide. Semi permanent make up is increasingly being used to enhance natural look without having to carry around regular makeup applications. Nouveau Contour techniques create the most natural cosmetic solutions for anyone seeking permanent makeup. The treatment is safe and is carried out with the highest hygiene standards.

For over two decades Nouveau Contour has been the innovator in developing new techniques at the highest standards across the globe. It was the first to introduce the digital pigmentation device, the only one of its kind in the world of permanent makeup. As a premier brand, Nouveau Contour has since grown to be an international organization with the best production facilities for professional micropigmentation equipments, needles, pigments and training.

Marathon Group launches 2nd phase of Kalyan-Shil township - Nextown

Marathon Group, one of Mumbai’s leading developers and pioneers of township projects in fast growing parts of MMR, has announced the launch of the much-awaited Phase 2 of their successful township project in Kalyan-Shil - Nextown.

Nextown phase 2 will have 8 new towers with a potential of 1500+ affordable homes being developed in the coming years. The tower being launched first is called Pearl. Perhaps the most exciting product in this new tower is the 2 BHK smart. With a RERA carpet area of 520 sq ft, it provides the advantage of 2 rooms, at almost the price of a 1 BHK. It’s great for new families, where the second room can be used as a kid’s room, a work space, or a prayer room. Both 1 & 2 BHK options are available, priced very competitively - 1 BHKs starting at 38 Lakh and 2 BHK starting at 47 Lakh.

All apartments are east-west facing and have excellent natural light coming in, and ventilation. They also get a 2.6ft wide flowerbed, which runs continuously from the living room to the bedroom.

The 1st phase of Nextown has 6 towers of which 3 have been delivered and more than 200 residents presently stay in the township. The remaining 3 will be delivered by June 2021.

Commenting on the launch of the Pearl launch, Mayur Shah, MD Marathon Group & former president CREDAI MCHI has said, "Back in the early 2000's, most developers were focusing on developing high-end residential apartments in Mumbai. We realized that these developments, while profitable, were out of reach for most customers. Our aim was to create great homes with thoughtful floor plans, brilliant views and great lifestyle amenities but within a reasonable budget. We explored locations that had tremendous growth potential and seamless connectivity and conceptualized our Nex-series of projects - modern townships with stunning high-rises in future ready locations. We have launched townships at Badlapur, Panvel, Dombivli, and Kalyan-Shil. Nextown is one of the best townships we are developing, and Phase 2 is set to create more than 1500 new affordable homes in Kalyan-Shil.”

About Marathon Group:

Marathon Group is a 50-year-old Mumbai based real estate development company that has completed over 80 projects in the city. The group is proud to have provided homes for more than 5,500 families, retail space for 400 retailers and offices for 350 businesses.


Marathon is currently building several townships in the fastest growing neighborhoods, affordable housing projects, ultra-luxury skyscrapers, standalone towers, small offices and large business centers, with projects spread across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), with over 18mn sq ft of land currently under development, and a plan to deliver more than 15000 homes in the next 5 years.

Divyaj Foundation announces the Winners of ‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ at the Grand Finale


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‘Mitti Ke Sitare’, the celebration of Musical Talent dedicated to the indigent society of Mumbai, hosted the Grand Finale with glitz and glamour on Saturday, 22nd June 2019 at Dome, NSCI Worli. The Chief Guest for this magnificent event was Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Other renowned dignitaries included Shri. Raosaheb Danve Patil, Shri. Chandrakant Dada Patil, Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Shri Vinod Tawde, Smt. Pankaja Munde to name a few and famous personalities from the music and Bollywood fraternities including Grammy award winner Jerry Wonda as the Guest Of Honour, Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan as the Special Guest, Shiamak Davar, Shriram Iyer, Kumar Bapi, Darshan Raval, Manisha Koirala, Mr. Khailash Kher, Mr. Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya, Mr. Jackey Shroff, Mr. Sailesh lodha among others.

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Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Advisor to Divyaj Foundation and also an accomplished singer has ideated this musical talent hunt especially for the underprivileged students of slums and BMC schools. During the Finale she said “I was motivated by Hon. Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modiji to extend musical education to the talented children of the underprivileged section of the society. I am really delighted and overwhelmed by the talent available in our country, especially amongst the underprivileged and with the project Mitti Ke Sitare, these children have now begun their journey towards achievement and self-fulfilment.”

The exceptionally talented 18 contestants, aged between 7 and 15 years, were awarded Rs. 25000 each as cash prize along with Winning Trophies.

The memorable evening began with the lamp lighting and felicitation of the dignitaries present at the event by the Trustees of Divyaj Foundation’s Mr. Sampath Iyer, Mrs. Pallavi Shrivastava and Core Member Mr. Kavin Shahwhich was followed by the beautiful rendition by the percussionist maestro, Sivamani.

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The highlight of the evening was the inspiring and splendid singing of the top semi-finalists who enthralled the audience with the performances.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. Shankar Mahadevan said, “When Shankar Mahadevan Academy was approached for conducting this massive talent hunt across all 1187 MCGM schools in Mumbai, I knew we were more than ready to take on the challenge. This is the first time that an organization has run a contest at such a large scale and our contest platform ensured that each contestant was evaluated fairly and transparently – and all this was done in a matter of 2-3 weeks! The shortlisted 18 finalists have been groomed and coached by our music instructors and I’m proud of the fantastic job they did today

Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson Mpower extended her best wishes to the contestants and maintained“Mitti ke sitare has been an amazing journey so far. Mpower has worked with the finalists to help them prepare for the finals by organizing various workshops. Having a good mental health is very important for children to live up to their potential. This ensures that the children live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them. These workshops will help the children deal with the possible mental health concerns early on.

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The winning team mentioned “We are thankful to Amruta ji and Divyaj Foundation for this opportunity.  We love the care, discipline and efforts that the gurus have rendered to sharpen our singing skills. Apart from singing, we were also trained in other areas for overall development. We enjoyed every moment of our training

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The evening also featured stunning live performances by Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan and Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis along with the Contestants, Mr. Jerry Wonda, Shiamak Victory Arts Foundation children to name a few.

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‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ is a social initiative by social activist and Vice President-Corporate Head with Axis Bank, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, in association with Mpower, to provide a platform for the hidden talents across indigent areas of the country. To conduct this social welfare project, Divyaj Foundation associated with 1187 MCGM schools to connect, identify and select children from the underprivileged sector - those who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves.

About Divyaj Foundation:
Divyaj Foundation is the noble dream of Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis.  The Foundation's endeavour is to reach out to the marginalized citizens of the society, engage, empower them and add quality contribution thereby enabling a positive change in the quality of lives. Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis is the advisor to the trust along with Adv. Shri. Sunil Manohar, Ex. Attorney General, Maharashtra along with the Trustees of Divyaj Foundation - Mr. Sampath Iyer, Mrs. Pallavi Shrivastava and Core Members Mr. Kavin Shah, Dr. Mickey Mehta, Mrs. Rajalakshmi Iyer.


About Mpower:
Mpower proactively champions mental health causes, creates awareness, advocates prevention and provides services through a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach.
About Shankar Mahadevan Academy:
The Shankar Mahadevan Academy founded by composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan has extended musical training to these contestants polishing their musical skills.

Detoxify and Destress with Global Beauty Secrets’ Greek Beauty Remedies

Greece has always been well-known for its serene beauty, be it in the glowing skin of their people or the sceneryAncient Greeks were lovers of beauty. The natural beauty of the Greeks makes us curious on their possible skincare secrets.To uncover ancient ingredients and practices, Global Beauty Secrets has curated a special range of products inspired by the Greek beauty ritual which will help you in detoxifying and de-stressing your skin.

Greek charcoal face mask not only cleanses and detoxifies your skin but also removes dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. This clay mask has ‘activated’ charcoal particles that removes the dullness caused by pollution and makes your skin glow. The Greek yoghurt and lavender body moisturiser is one of the best product for your skin. The mixture of yoghurt and lavender gives you a soothing effect and helps in relaxing and de-

stressing. The Yogurt, being enriched with proteins, vitamins and minerals rejuvenates and hydrates the skin whereas lavender essential oil is very useful in aromatherapy and has a calming fragrance. These Greek Beauty Secrets are some of the best remedies for healthy and glowing skin.

The Greek Charcoal Face Mask is priced at INR 2,100

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Asia-Europe Cooperation, Digital Connectivity Highlighted at 2019 AIIB Annual Meeting

High-level seminars on the benefits of stronger Asia-Europe cooperation and connectivity will anchor the 2019 Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Annual Meeting in Luxembourg on July 12-13.

“We wanted to host an Annual Meeting in Europe during our first few years of operations to acknowledge the support of our European members and demonstrate how multilateral institutions are well-positioned to enhance connectivity between Europe and Asia,” said AIIB Vice President and Corporate Secretary Danny Alexander. “We look forward to learning from and partnering with Europe’s leading organizations to fight climate change and develop sustainable infrastructure in Asia and beyond.”
The Asian Infrastructure Forum (AIF) will also take place during the 2019 AIIB Annual Meeting. The AIF is a business development forum on creating connections and developing project pipelines. This year’s forum will involve interactive workshops on private equity investments, financing for energy projects and AIIB procurement policies and practices. Investment opportunities in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Uzbekistan will also be presented by official delegations. AIF participants will be able to attend theInfrastructure Fund Showcase where preselected infrastructure fund projects will be evaluated by AIIB experts in front of a live audience.
“By hosting AIIB’s first Annual Meeting to be held outside Asia, Luxembourg will further demonstrate its role as a bridge in the heart of Europe bringing European and Asian stakeholders together, thus helping to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in infrastructure financing,” said Luxembourg Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna.
Luxembourg, a founding member of the European Union and a major international financial center, was the first European country to sign as an AIIB founding member in 2015.  The theme of the 2019 AIIB Annual Meeting is “Cooperation and Connectivity” in recognition of the economic and social benefits that can be realized through better connectivity among countries and regions, including Europe and Asia.
As part of AIIB’s Act Green Together initiative, greenhouse gas emissions associated with the Annual Meeting will be measured, with impact being offset by purchasing Certified Emissions Reductions to achieve carbon neutrality.
Visit aiib.org/annualmeeting to register and view the program. The 2019 AIIB Annual Meeting is open to the public but participants must register. Registration closes Monday, July 1.
About AIIB
The 
Asian Infrastructure Investment (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia. Headquartered in Beijing, we began operations in January 2016 and have now grown to 97 approved members worldwide. By investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia and beyond, we will better connect people, services and markets that over time will impact the lives of billions and build a better future.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital establishes a Paediatric Palliative Care Unit in India

In a first-of-its kind initiative, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital establishes a Paediatric Palliative Care Unit in India

~1 in 1,000 children in India need palliative care~
~4.2 lakhs children under the age group of 18 may need palliative care in India~
~It is one of its kind in Mumbai and in the country, includes cancer and non-cancer conditions~
~Paediatric palliative care prevents, identifies and treats children with serious illnesses, and is helpful for care givers too~
~Children with drug-resistant tuberculosis, chronic organ failure, genetic diseases, neurological diseases, may need it~
~Out of the 400 admissions in the hospitals, 40 patients are being taken care by the palliative care team~
~ The initiative is unique as palliative care team is present in the wards ensuring early integration of palliative care alongside curative treatment~

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with serious illnesses. It prevents or treats symptoms and side effects of disease and treatment, along with tackling emotional, social, and practical problems that illness brings up. Hence, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for children, Parel, Mumbai, is the first exclusive pediatric Hospital to start a paediatric palliative care unit in India, on May 1, 2019, to enhance the quality of life of children, and help the caregivers too. 

 Paediatric palliative care is the need of the hour. Many children with life-threatening conditions like cancer, HIV/ AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, and life-limiting conditions such as chronic organ failure, genetic diseases, and neurological diseases, need palliative care support. India mainly has palliative care services for adults and for children suffering from cancer. Children with complex or chronic conditions represent an under-served population, and their families are often drained emotionally, financially, spiritually and physically. To help these children, the Bai JerbaiWadia Hospital for Children established the Palliative Care Unit in Mumbai and first of its kind in the country in association with Cipla Foundation. This will be the first structured palliative care service for children and will   include palliative care support for cancer as well as non-cancer conditions.
 

The palliative care team at this large multi-specialty hospital is composed of doctors, nurses, counselling psychologists and social workers, in collaboration with physiotherapists. Furthermore, nutritionists will provide additional support to improve quality of life for children, along with their families. This team of experts will work to empower caregivers and provide support to the child and family, alongside the treating team. In a unique approach, the palliative care team will be present in the wards where children are receiving treatment so that palliative care can be easily integrated along with treatment to maximize outcomes for patients and their families. 

 The unit is established to see in-patients and out-patients, in order to manage pain and other distressing symptoms and to provide psychosocial and spiritual support via holistic approach. Planning home care and training relatives to take care of the child at home is an important aspect of the team work. Good communication is extremely vital while providing support for care-givers and siblings with psychosocial and spiritual distress, particularly when the child is reaching the end of life, and after. Sensitization and awareness among health professionals is a part of the team’s activities. 

 Palliative care should be provided from the point of diagnosis throughout the child’s life, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs through treatment  till the end  and beyond as bereavement support for the family. It is appropriate at any stage of illness, and can be provided together with curative treatments. In cases, where cure is no longer possible, improving the quality of life becomes the main focus in caring for the child and family.

Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, Parel, said, “ There are 420  million children in India, and roughly, 1 in 1,000 children in India or world, need palliative care. 4.2 lakhs children under the age group of 18 may need palliative care in India. To help children with life limiting or chronic illnesses like severe malformations, organ failure, and genetic diseases, along with caregivers, on May 1st, paediatric palliative care services have been started in the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital. Unfortunately in India, palliative care is for oncology patients, and there are no centres dedicated for ailments like organ failure or genetic diseases. Moreover, it is also not recognised by the health professionals, as there are so many chronic diseases with the lack of treatment. Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for children, Parel, Mumbai, is the first exclusive paediatric Hospital to establish a paediatric palliative care unit in India. Since May 2019, out of the 400 admissions in the hospitals, 40 patients are being taken care by the palliative care team.”

“The purpose of palliative care is to ease your child’s pain and other symptoms and provide emotional and other support to your entire family. It is a partnership between your child, your family, and the health care team. This team listens to your preferences and helps you think through the care options for your family. They will work with you and your child to make a care plan for your family. The team will help children gain the strength to carry on with daily life. Thus, it meets the emotional and developmental needs of the patients. Not only this, the team may help patients and families explore their beliefs and values so they can move toward acceptance and peace,” she concluded. 

Romana Hamid, Managing Trustee, Cipla Foundation said, “Cipla first started a dedicated palliative care centre in Pune over 20 years ago. The need for palliative care in India is growing and we have been striving to make palliative care accessible to as many patients and families, as early on as possible. The partnership to launch the first paediatric palliative care OPD at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital is a step in this direction. We are proud to work with Bai Jerabai Wadia hospital in this unique endeavour and also towards a shared vision of ‘Caring for Life’, especially for the most vulnerable groups such as children who are living with life limiting and life threatening conditions

GLOBAL SUPERSTARS SHAWN MENDES AND CAMILA CABELLO RELEASE BRAND NEW JOINT SINGLE “SEÑORITA”

  

GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and GRAMMY nominated Cuban born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Camila Cabello reunite for their fiery new single, “Señorita,” today via Island Records. Get it here https://umgi.lnk.to/Senorita! The song was written by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello alongside Andrew Watt, Benny Blanco, Ali Tamposi, Charli XCX, Jack Patterson, and Cashmere Cat. “Señorita” was produced by Andrew Watt & Benny Blanco, with additional production by Cashmere Cat.

To coincide with the new single, Shawn and Camila also released the official music video for “Señorita”, directed by Dave Meyers, today. Watch it here!


About Shawn Mendes
GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more and shot to #1 on iTunes in more than 80 countries immediately upon release. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums. Shawn was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual GRAMMY® Awards, including “Song of the Year” for “In My Blood” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Shawn Mendes. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan” experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in over 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20.

Most recently, Shawn debuted his new single, “If I Can’t Have You,” at #1 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song currently sits within the top 10 at Top 40 and Hot AC radio and marks Shawn’s biggest debut to date with more than 30 million streams globally on the first day. Since then, the song has garnered 350 million global streams and 100 million video views. With “If I Can’t Have You,” Shawn became the third artist in history to ever close the Pop panel first week with 184 stations across the country reporting. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining his 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 16 million albums, 135 million singles, and has amassed over 20 billion song streams and 6 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary stadiums and arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. On his upcoming tour, Shawn Mendes: The Tour, he sold out his first ever stadium show in minutes at Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. The tour began in March 2019, with over 100 dates announced across the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms. 

About Camila Cabello:
Multi Grammy nominated Cuban born singer/songwriter Camila Cabello (Epic Records / SYCO) released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first solo artist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Artist 100 charts in the same week. The RIAA platinum-certified album, CAMILA, launched its debut at #1 on 110 iTunes charts around the world, breaking the record for most #1 positions for a debut album in iTunes history. Camila also became the #1 artist on global Spotify. At the end of 2018, Camila was nominated for two Grammy awards, “Best Pop Vocal Album” for her album, CAMILA, and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Havana” (Live). She took home awards for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for her hit “Havana” at the 2018 Video Music Awards. She also tied Taylor Swift as the most awarded artist at the 2018 American Music Awards bringing home four awards. Beginning her official solo career after four years in Fifth Harmony, Camila released her RIAA 9x platinum smash hit “Havana,” in August 2017 where it obtained the #1 spot on the pop radio chart, marking her second top 40 #1 as a solo artist. Furthermore, “Havana” hit #1 on iTunes overall top songs chart, #2 on the Spotify Global chart and hit #1 in 80 countries around the world. “Havana” is the first song by a female artist to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary, Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs charts in 22 years, it has earned over 1.1 billion on-demand U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music, and attained the longest run at No. 1 on Pop Songs for any song by a female artist since 2013. Havana became the most streamed song of all time by a female artist and was the number one song of 2018 globally. Her triple-platinum single “Never Be The Same,” was released in January 2018 and peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Camila became the first artist in history to have two multi-format number one singles as the first two singles from their debut album.  Camila had previously earned a chart-topping smash with her recent double platinum-certified hit “Bad Things” with MGK. The track generated over 400 million on-demand streams. As a result of its success, she became the fifth female artist to hit #1 on the Pop songs chart with and without a group. In November 2018, Camila was named the new ambassador for Save the Children.


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