3M Foundation forms lasting partnerships with communities worldwide and provides resources to help them succeed and grow—ensuring a more interconnected and thriving world.
IN 2021, 3M India initiated a community vaccination program to support Government of India’s COVID vaccination mission, partnering with Vaccine on Wheels and United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe) across cities like Pune (PCMC) and Bangalore (BBMP) where 3M has regional presence and in some rural districts of two states, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Addressing the issue of vaccine inequity, this partnership has helped reach out to underserved populations in hard-to-reach urban slums and villages where hesitancy towards vaccinations continued to exist. The programme has administered more than 175,000 vaccinations by deploying 18 mobile vaccination clinics from Vaccine on Wheels, with United Way of Bengaluru playing a crucial role in creating awareness and mobilising beneficiaries to the micro-vaccination booths.
3M India’s focus on advancing science, along with its social justice goals of addressing healthcare inequities, inspired its commitment to the Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation Hospital working in cancer research.
Over 2020 and 2021, 3M India donated medical equipment to set up the research and treatment facility for Bone Marrow Transplantation and the other medical equipment for cancer research and diagnosis. The hospital continues to build capacity with a vision to be one of the premier cancer research and treatment institutes in the country.
3M India is partnering with Smile Foundation to support the primary healthcare needs of the underprivileged communities by deploying four mobile healthcare units in rural districts.
This partnership is expected to reduce the burden on public health infrastructure caused by COVID-19 and will also help create awareness among people towards hygiene, social distancing, and overall wellness.