In a landmark move, the Department of Rheumatology at AIIMS New Delhi has joined forces with the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt of India towards uplifting the lives of individuals afflicted with rheumatological diseases.
The MoU is a beacon of hope for those battling disabilities due to rheumatic conditions, offering a pathway to skill certification and meaningful employment. This initiative aims to alleviate caregiver burdens and enhance life quality for these patients.
Dr. Uma Kumar, the signatory of this MoU on behalf of the AIIMS, New Delhi has been a pivotal figure in the field of rheumatology in India. As the founder of the Department of Rheumatology at AIIMS New Delhi, she has played a crucial role in elevating patient awareness globally. Her contributions to the field were nationally recognized a few years ago when she received the prestigious National Award for Science & Technology Communication 2020. This honor, bestowed by the President of India at Vigyan Bhawan, is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Dr. Kumar is also widely acknowledged for her public awareness efforts on tobacco control and other significant health issues. Under her guidance, the Department of Rheumatology at AIIMS New Delhi has conducted several groundbreaking research projects. Currently, she is leading multiple projects that aim to integrate traditional Indian knowledge with modern rheumatological practices, marking a significant advancement in the field.
Reflecting on this significant collaboration, Dr. Uma Kumar stated, “This MoU marks a transformative step in integrating the needs of patients with rheumatological disabilities into our broader employment and social inclusion strategies. It’s not just about medical treatment; it’s about reintegrating these individuals into the fabric of society, ensuring they have the opportunities and support to lead fulfilling, dignified lives.”
Theinitiative is set to instill hope and foster resilience, offering patients institutional support for economic upliftment and vocational rehabilitation. By partnering with National Career Service Centres for Differently Abled (NCSC-DA), the MoU will facilitate skill certifications, enhancing employability and opening new vocational avenues. The economic independence fostered by this initiative promises to alleviate caregiver strain, empowering patients towards self-reliance.
The MoU opens opportunities for these patients to engage in job fairs organized by NCSC-DA, aiding in securing gainful employment. By improving economic prospects, this collaboration is expected to significantly elevate the overall quality of life for these patients.
Rheumatologiocal disorders are one of the top 10 reasons for total disability. Patients with rheumatological disorders often face significant challenges, including the development of
disabilities despite receiving appropriate treatment. Psychological trauma, societal stigmatization, and the burden of increasing medical costs further exacerbates their struggles. Additionally, the lack of vocational opportunities and impact on education and vocation, particularly for those with juvenile onset diseases, contribute to their overall hardships.