APL Apollo Foundation Launches CSR Project Karuna to Vaccinate Street Dogs

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Noida, 2nd March 2024: APL Apollo Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of APL Apollo Group, has launched its community-focused Project Karuna in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. The initiative aims to administer anti-rabies vaccines (ARV) to approximately 1200 street dogs in the region. It was flagged off by officials from the Noida Authority including Mr. S. P. Singh, Deputy General Manager, Mr. R. K. Sharma, Project Engineer and Mr. Y. K. Harish, Health Inspector. The project is conceptualized by Ms Nonika Raj Kumar, Head – CSR, APL Apollo Foundation, supported by well-known animal welfare worker Ms. Shilpi Jain and veterinarian Dr Satyendra Kumar as on-ground partners from Noida. With Project Karuna, APL Apollo Foundation envisions creating a safe and healthy world for all.

Project Karuna Launch

Introducing the initiative Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director of APL Apollo Tubes Limited, said, “At APL Apollo, we firmly believe in giving back to society and the best way to do it is through community-driven initiatives to strengthen the health and wellness of everyone around us. Via Project Karuna, we strive to mitigate the possibility of rabies infection and create a safer environment for all. I am proud of the APL Apollo Foundation team and our invaluable partners in developing this impactful programme.”

Humans and animals share an interconnected environment, and often, humans can contract diseases from animals. In urban cities, street animals like dogs are particularly vulnerable as they often remain unvaccinated. Nearly 35% of global rabies deaths are due to dog-mediated rabies and India accounts for around 1/3rd of these. Recognizing this challenge, India has introduced the ‘One Health’ approach (integrating human and veterinary healthcare systems) which has led to the creation of a National Action Plan for Dog Mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030. Following this initiative, APL Apollo Foundation’s Project Karuna endeavors to lower infection risks in animals, minimize disease transmission to humans and create a healthy living environment for all.

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