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Relief India Trust: Providing a holistic service to the underprivileged

New Delhi | Posted: March 19, 2014 4:37 pm

The non-profit organisations in India have come a long way from being a scarce entity to having all kinds of resources for the benefit of the underprivileged. Most organisations are committed and have been known to do much for the society but some have also been known to indulge in transgressions and unscrupulous activities.

The sprawling non-profit sector is sometimes even looked at with suspicion and misgivings. But the few who give this noble sector a foul name have failed to discourage those whose selfless commitment to their cause has gone on undeterred.

A recent online survey reflects quite a few entities that have attracted funds and aid from across the globe due to their transparent and accountable nature of operations. Relief India Trust is one such organisation which believes that ‘NGOs are in the “credibility market” and they cannot afford to be above accountability.’ RIT has relentlessly pursued services towards those who have been left behind in the race of life.

The organisation is engaged in voluminous exercises to alleviate the conditions of life. One of the areas in which the organisation has made huge contribution and continues to do so is environment.

“We believe maintaining a healthy environment is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life. Globally, nearly 25 percent of all deaths and the total disease burden can be attributed to environmental factors. We are trying to do our bit through promotion and conservation of natural resources available,” said Shikha Dhawan, chief aid officer.

The services undertaken by Relief Trust India include creation of environment awareness, clean-up programmes, forest conservation, green energy and tackling pollution. The body has also received support from foreign as well as national entities in its endeavour.

Relief India Trust, in connection with other NGOs, have over the years helped strengthen the electoral and legislative systems and improved access to justice and public administration by developing a greater capacity to deliver the necessary services. The principle of inclusion and responsiveness in elections, including participation of women and the poor, is also fostered and pushed forward to ensure maximum representation.

The Thalassemia project undertaken by Relief India Trust (RIT) reflects a deep-rooted concern for the afflicted.

“The condition of Thalassemia is inherited and body starts making an abnormal form of haemoglobin. This condition is quite dangerous as it sounds as it further leads to destruction of red blood cells causing a dangerous anaemia disease. The condition is caused due to a defect in the gene controlling the production of either of the two proteins forming haemoglobin,” said Ms Dhawan.

Relief India Trust is carrying out genetic counselling to couples, providing them with possible solutions for various alternatives. Prenatal screening for pregnant women is also crucial and is carried out by their medics in a bid to control the disease in its early stages. Proper measures are thus put in place to prevent child loss during birth as the disease is capable of causing deaths to infants.

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