Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sweta Mangal, CEO & Co-Founder of Dial 1298 for Ambulance service conferred the Tata Tie Stree Shakti Award

Tata Group and TiE Mumbai chapter today conferred Tata TiE Stree Shakti award to Sweta Mangal, CEO & Co-Founder of the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service in the medium enterprise campaign, for her outstanding work in providing a network of quality life saving emergency service.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

1298 support to Mumbai on 26/11

We have also extended our active support in the disaster management activities during the unfortunate 26/11 bomb blasts in Mumbai. Our Ambulances were the first ones to reach two of the incident scenes from where the team transferred number of injured peoples to the hospitals . Or efforts were greatly appreciated by both public and media. We were covered in various news channels for the work done during the incident.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1298 Women's Helpline on IBN Lokmat

1298 Women's Helpline counselor Rubina Vaz was recently on IBN Lokmat in a live show where is spoke on the 1298 Women's Helpline and took live calls during the show.

The show is in Marathi.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

National Geographic takes peek at the1298 Ambulance services in Mumbai

A National Geographic team doing a show called "By any means" passes through Mumbai en route to Sydney. Their aim is reach their destination using multiple modes of transport to cover the distance. In Mumbai they take to the trains and amazed at the efficiency and at the same time wary of the railway safety and in this regard interview Sweta Mangal, CEO of Dial 1298 for Ambulance service.

1298 on Enterprise Inc

Dial 1298 for Ambulance was featured as part of the Enterprise Inc, a show on CNBC 18.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

BCI Awards

Dial 1298 for Ambulance was awarded the 'Special Recognition' for the outstanding work in Mumbai during 26/11' and 'Continuity & Recovery Initiative of the Year in Public Interest' award for the 1298 First Responder Program by BCI and Deloitte

Friday, August 21, 2009

Business Of Benevolence

The Bombay Times (Times Of India) article dated on August 20th, 2009 describing 'Dial 1298 For Ambulance' as a successful social enterprise.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The 1298 Hoardings Campaign

The Hoardings of 'Dial 1298 for Ambulance in case of Emergency' at prominent locations all over the city of Mumbai

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Young Turks

'Dial 1298 for Ambulance' had a team from CNBC shooting the Ambulances, the control room and interviewing Sweta Mangal, the CEO of 1298 Ambulance who was being profiled on the show 'The Young Turks'

Friday, July 24, 2009

The MoU with Red Cross

Signing of the MoU with Indian Red Cross Gujarat State Branch to conduct Emergency Medical Technician - basic Course at Ahmedabad

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The BLS Testimony

An email received from a participant of the First Aid and Basic Life Support course:

Good morning,

Yesterday I encountered a medical emergency situation in mid of heavy traffic situation.
Thanks to the efforts taken by you for the BLS training which enabled me to act on the steps trained for epilepsy and I was more of a help rather been an another ignorant bystander.

Training not only came handy to provide first aid, save life and avoid wrong decisions by layman there but also helped in immediately clearing off 20 min hold traffic which added to commotions.
Apart from the one incident which happened post the training, I encountered a road accident just the road opposite to my residence. And again the BLS training came in handy, the teenage motorcyclic head a severe head injury and later inquiring @ local hosp found that he is in cure @ ICU.

1. The incident started with a loud screeching sound while I was having breakfast.
2. Jumped out to see thru the window and saw motorcyclist was sliding on a road.
3. People running to help ( that's when I wanted to run as well, but with different intention - to avoid any mishandling of person and too avoid traffic scenario.
4. As soon as reached the spot, all wrong decisions were being called out from all directions as usual and two of the people were trying to lift the patient with blood oozing profusely in haphazard manner.
5. I immediately shouted that "I am trained in this" and asked all the people to get aside and only two should help.
6. That made the scenario little more different to that where its mostly a show on the road with nobody to take ownership but all giving suggestions and directions.
7. I managed to get a long cloth ( I think my brother tossed from the window, immediately tied around the head as there was no time to waste coz the patient was half conscious.
8. Meanwhile people have made the cab waiting.
9. We three on count of 3 lifted patient, me being in centre position and slided into the cab and the pillion rider ( he managed with bruises) along with the motorcyclist went to the hospital.

As the Nair hospital was around a 500 to 600 meters, it was no sense to wait for any kind medical help on the road and getting the patient there was more ideal choice.
2 or 3 days later somebody at the salon met me and congratulated that I have acted responsibly and after enquiring found that the patient was @ ICU and had a major head injury.

At this point, I would take this event to THANK YOU all in empowering us to handle these kind of everyday situation of saving lives and would urge that these initiative should continue.

By these kind of initiative it contribute to social cause and in addition to fulfilling our obligations to society and these kind of activity adds to Kotak image, and brand value.


Riyaz Ahmed.
Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Ltd

Friday, June 12, 2009

All Guns Blazing...

This is the blog posting by Shobhaa De on her blog: http://shobhaade.blogspot.com/

Mumbai is lucky to have a woman as Sheriff. Dr. Indu Shahani probably has a fan club that is as big as any movie star's - but her 'performance' is of an entirely different kind. As Sheriff and Principal of a leading commerce college where her father was the founder - principal, here's one woman who plays several critical roles with enormous aplomb.... and efficiency. As Sheriff of India's premier city, she has made the most of her ceremonial, non-executive position, by really pushing for change in areas where it is most needed - like women's issues. I was invited by her as chief guest at a workshop on " Orientation on sexual violence against women ". This was the third in an on- going series that sees over 7o NGOs participating and working together for a common cause - a rare enough feat. Last year, Indu started "1298 Women's Helpline'' with the assisstance of these NGOs and also launched Ambulance Access For All, which provides a 24x7 service. 1298 has received over 8000 calls from women in distress. There is also a directory for women launched by Sachin Tendulkar some time ago.
I was there to listen and learn. My take - away is that all these initiatives are excellent in themselves, but would be far more effective if they were to work still more closely together and harness their energies collectively. Shweta Mangal, along with 5 others has succeeded in replicating the ambulance model in 3 cities and now runs 91 such, well- equipped units that can reach a person in trouble within 15 minutes. She sagely says that since people don't always value a free service, her company charges fees depending on the person's financial capacity to pay.
Our Mumbai police have done a fairly good job with their 103 Helpline for Women. I was happy to note the presence of three women cops who were attending the workshop.
As in most such non-profit ventures driven by idealism and little else, funding remains the number one priority. There are enough charged up young volunteers offering time and expertise. But additional money would definitely help.
For all those of you who are interested in contributing time\effort\money, here are the relevant contact details - dial 1298 for the ambulance service. And the Sheriff can be accessed on email : sheriffofmumbai@gmail.com. There's also a website: www.sheriffofmumbai.com.
Like I said in my short speech, women need to know they aren't alone. That is key.Everything follows from the reassurance that help is but a phone call away.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Launch of 108 Ambulance Service in Patna, Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Shri. Nitish Kumar on Wednesday (June 3, 2009) launched Dial 108, a life support ambulance service in Patna. The Chief Minister flagged off a fleet of 10 ambulances from Old Secretariat after personally inspecting the ambulance and learning and interacting with the Emergency Medical Technician on the various equipments such as defibrillator, ECG, cardiac monitor, resuscitation kit etc. which are on board the Ambulances.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Will Surekha Dial an Ambulance?

Guest blogger Rob Katz is an Associate with Acumen Fund and the editor of NextBillion.net. This post first appeared on NextBillion.net. 
The post is on the market research project Joanna Harries (the current Acumen Fellow at 1298) & Rubina D'Souza (an employee at 1298) have been conducting on whether low income group Indians call an Ambulance, if not what are the ways they get to an hospital. 
A tiny bead of sweat ran down the ridge of my nose. It reached the end, teetered for a split second, then dropped quietly onto the doctor’s desk. I sat behind the desk, inside the Vijay Nagar Women of India clinic, which is tucked into a government-built housing project in the Bandra East area of Mumbai. As the sweat hit the desk, it made a soft splat, and little Natra’s eyes followed it down. About 3 years old, he seemed pretty interested in the inability of this strange white man to deal with the Mumbai heat – not surprising, all things considered.

Domino’s to Help Mumbai - During Emergency Hour

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani launched the initiative to train employees of Domino’s Pizza India Ltd in First Aid & Basic Life Support in association with Dial 1298 for Ambulance.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dial L for Life

An Article on Outlook Business on the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dial 1298 for Ambulance Newsletter - 1298.03

Visitors at 1298

Recently Dial 1298 for Ambulance had some high profile visitors to learn more at our office.

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 Supports Dial 1298 for Ambulance service

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.

Indian Oil Corporation's Women Employees Visit to 1298

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 - 10 Eco-Friendly Innovations

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:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Article on 1298 in Junior Dr Magazine

JuniorDr is a UK based lifestyle magazine produced by doctors for the UK's medical students, foundation year trainees, specialist trainees and specialist registrars. They recently published an article on the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

1298 Makes a Difference in Kerala!

Article ion Indian Express on the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service in Kerala.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Launch of MumbaiVOICES

www.mumbaiVOICES.com is a collaborative analytical exercise undertaken by experts in humanitarian response, disaster management and human rights, from India and abroad, to record and learn from the experiences of the thousands of Mumbaikars who suffered on 26/11/2008. This project gives ordinary citizens a platform to participate in the city's disaster response analysis
and planning.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

1298 Responds - Above & Beyond

The 1298 Ambulance Crew Members tell their stories from the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks that took place between November 26- 28, 2008.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Story on Dial 1298 for Ambulance service & Sweta Mangal, CEO of 1298

Yourstory.in is a website for & on entrepreneurs. They have written a story on the Dial 1298 for Ambulance service and its CEO, Sweta Mangal who speaks on the founding of the service and the challenges / achievements faced till date.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Emergency in Mumbai? Dial 1298!

Video on Dial 1298 for Ambulance by Good Magazine.

Video by: Michael Schaubach, Aparna Wilder, Shivraj Santhakumar, MacKenzie Fegan, Erik Winkowski, Lindsay Utz, Morgan Currie

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Article on Dial 1298 for Ambulance and interview of Sweta Mangal, CEO

One of the leading Hindi newspapers in India, Nav Bharat Times profiled Sweta Mangal, CEO of Dial 1298 for Ambulance service where in she discusses the project, the challenges and its future plans.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Marathon Ambulance

1298 was proud to be a part of the Mumbai Marathon this year. Dial 1298 for Ambulance had 10 Ambulances placed at various location to help in case of any medical emergency during the Mumbai Marathon.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Oil strike does not affect 1298

On the 9th of January, 2009 there was a oil strike in Mumbai that caused chaos in the city as taxi and auto drivers could not access fuel. The attached article talks about how certain ambulance services were forced to take their vehicles off the road as they were unprepared for such a strike and ran out of fuel. 1298 is proud to be mentioned in the article as one of the only ambulance services to be prepared and able to still run vehicles during the 1-day strike period.

Harvard Students in the 1298 office.

On the 14th of January, 2009 an article appeared in The Times of India highlighting the recent visit to 1298's office by Public Policy Harvard Students. The students spent the morning learning about 1298's unique business model, and how the service operates in Mumbai. Their visit finished with a tour of the 1298 Control and Dispatch Center.