Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A delegation from the Nigerian Parliament visited 1298 to learn about the service and look at the replicability of the project in Nigeria.
We also had guests who were in Mumbai to attend Sankalp 2009, a South Asia Social Enterpirse Forum. The guest list included Lisa Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer from Calvert Foundation , Robert Kraybill with Social Stock Exchange, Patrick Maloney, Senior Program Officer with Lemelson, Amit Bouri of GIIN and Antony Bugg-Levine, Managing Director with Rockefeller Foundation to name a few.
Friday, April 17, 2009
HSBC has shown their support to the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service by donating 4 Advance Life Support Ambulances and 2 Basic Life Support Ambulances to help save lives in Mumbai. Mrs Jay Green, wife of Mr. Stephen Green the Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc was at the 1298 Office to officially launch the ambulances.
She also visited the control room and was keen to understand how the 1298 service function. Also during Mrs. Green's visit, a group of around 25 employees from HSBC was also present to understand and learn more on the 1298 service.
On April 2nd, a group of around 150 Women employees of the Indian Oil Corporation visited the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service office. They were given a guided & detailed tour of an A dvance Life support Ambulance, where they interacted with the Doctor and Ambulance crew and learned about the various equipments on the ambulance.
After which, Sweta Mangal the CEO of the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service spoke to the group on the 1298 service and how each one of them could do their bit in making a difference and help save lives. The event was also graced by Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani, the Honourable Sheriff of Mumbai and Honourable Member of Parliment, Mrs. Priya Dutt.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Forbes Magazine recently covered a story on the top 10 Eco-friendly innovations. The 1298's Solar Ambulance was featured as one of the innovations.
The 1298's Solar Ambulances have their batteries charged using solar energy. The batteries are used to run the various life saving equipments on board the ambulance. On the solar ambulances, the batteries get charged even while stationary where as in the case of the normal ambulance, once the battery is discharged, the vehicle needs to run to charge the batteries again. This uses up fuel and increases downtime, both of which are saved in the solar Ambulances.
Chris Walker, the Acumen Fellow 2008 had made a video on the solar Ambulance: