October 2019, Thoothkudi / Chennai: AM Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Singapore-headquartered AM International, recently launched two Primary Health Care Centres at Abirami Nagar and Maravan Madam. The villages are located at the outskirts of Thoothkudi – the site of the company’s manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. Further, the Foundation donated a used container refurbished into a healthcare centre to the Corporation of Thoothkudi. These initiativesare part of the CSR activities for Greenstar Fertilizers Limited (GFL) and will serve over 10,000 local people.
AM International is committed to improving the health of the members of the most marginalised communities by providing them access to primary healthcare facilities. The Foundation undertakes the consolidated impact investing efforts of its member corporates.
Qualified doctors assisted by local health workers trained by the AM Foundation will manage the healthcare centres. On this occasion, the Foundation provided bicycles to the health workers to carry out field activities.
The refurbishment of the 40-feet-long vessel into a fully equipped healthcare centre cost INR 4.5 lacs. Senior district officials from the Corporation of Thoothukudi, including Mr.V.P.Jeyaseelan, IAS, Commissioner and Dr.Vinoth, Former Chief Medical Officer graced the occasion.
The healthcare centres will address the primary healthcare needs of the communities in these villages. Apart from providing essential healthcare facilities, the centres will offer related services, such as nutrition and immunisation to children and their mothers. Creating community awareness about sanitation and hygiene practises is another key objective
Expressing his satisfaction with the initiatives by AM Foundation, Mr. Ashwin Muthiah, Chairman AM International, said, “Community service is integral to our business philosophy at AM International. We recognise that our responsibility towards society is not limited to merely offering means of livelihood. We aim to provide for the holistic well-being of the communities we operate in, and AM Foundation was founded with this goal. Access to primary healthcare services is an essential part of this vision.
The primary health care centres and the container-turned-healthcare centre are a testimony to our commitment to improving how healthcare services are delivered to the communities around our plant sites.”
Mrs.Valli Ashwin Muthiah, Director, AMInternational, MsAlagu Ashwin Muthiah, Patron, AM Foundation and Mr.David Richardson, Advisor, AM International attended the events. Senior executives of Southern Petrochemicals Industrial Corporation (SPIC), the parent company of GFL, including Mr.S.R.Ramakrishnan, Whole Time Director, Mr.E.Balu, Chief Operating Officer and Mr.K.Gopalakrishnan, Assistant Vice President (Admin & Corporate Services) participated in the events.