Implementing partner -
Pediatric Department, Sassoon Hospital,
Outreach area -
Pune and rural Maharashtra
Project Focus area -
Health (2012 onwards)
Children of low-income rural and urban families
General objectives - To support institutions providing free or
subsidised healthcare to the poor and marginalised communities.
Specific objectives - To intervene and bring children back to age-appropriate
growth that has been affected due to malnourishment. To provide for infrastructure
needs, as and when needed, and to improve the quality of their care.
Project description - Sassoon Hospital is a large state-run hospital
in Pune, established in 1867 and caters daily to thousands of patients from lower
The Bansuri Foundation has committed to support the Paediatric Department headed
by Dr Arti Kinaikar. In 2012 the paediatric malnutrition ward was commissioned through
a donation by the foundation, to cater to the need to provide in-patient care for
children from Pune and the surrounding rural areas, to bring them to normal nutrition
levels. Since then, a large number of children have benefitted from this facility.
Mothers and caregivers are also trained to prevent malnutrition from recurring once
they return to their villages.
A grant from Bansuri Foundation has also enabled the Paediatric Department to develop
its infrastructure with a Radiant Warmer Machine to provide prematurely born infants
with advanced neonatal care.
Outcome - Thepurchase of theRadiant Warmer in the Paediatric ICU
has enabled more than 300 premature, malnourished and seriously ill babies survive.
The Nutrition Ward is functioning to its full capacity. Over 250 severely malnourished
children, including those with HIV and TB, have benefitted from the Nutrition Rehabilitation
Ward services. The mortality rate has gone down by nearly 80–90% and many mothers
have been trained in nutrition concepts. Being the only centre across 14 medical
colleges in the state, over 400 medical doctors, nutritionist and nurses have been
intensively trained here in the field of paediatric nutrition as per WHO and Government
of India Guidelines.
Continuing engagement - Recently, Bansuri provided high-cost, good
quality X-ray cassettes for the exclusive use of the paediatric department. This
has enabled timely and better diagnostic information in the treatment of children,
a facility that was most urgently needed. This new acquisition will remove the need
for repeating X-rays due to poor quality and also provide long-lasting X-ray records.
Future plans - To gradually introduce high quality paediatric care
to reduce the incidence of malnourishment, and increase access to timely and high
quality treatment for children from less privileged families.