Symbiosis International University (SIU) through the Department of Student Affairs launched Symbiosis Community Outreach Programme and Extension (SCOPE) activities on 2nd July 2012 with the objective of positively impacting the community around SIU. The program was inaugurated by Member of Parliament Hon’ble Mrs. Supriya Sule in the presence of Hon’ble Padma Bhushan Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, President and Founder Director, Symbiosis.
Since inception, SCOPE has been providing preventive, promotive and curative services for poor, mostly rural, needy and marginalized population, based in access compromised areas of Mulshi block in Pune district. Family Doctor Clinic (FDC) and Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) together has examined, treated and counselled more than 35,000 patients from 15 villages in Mulshi block of Pune district and 2 sites from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation till now.
Apart from outpatient services, various other services like specialist health camps, health camps for construction workers, health awareness campaigns on National and International health days, monthly immunization, ante-natal care checkups, patient referrals and field based research/surveys are conducted.
SCOPE has increased networking, through local stakeholders and via introduction of Symbiosis Community Volunteers (SCV) in the villages with a view of addressing community needs. FDC and MMU has collaborated with sister institutes/ departments of Symbiosis International University, Government sector (Ministry of Labor and Employment, Primary Health Centers and Zilla Parishad schools) and private organizations (Rotary Club of Downtown, Family Planning Association of India, Cipla, Emcure pharma and Rangoonwala Dental College) to conduct specialist health camps and awareness activities.
Our future plans are in line with expansion of services by connecting with corporate donors, setting up a demographic surveillance system and promoting research in the catchment area.