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SHGs given computers

CHENNAICHENNAI: Five computers were donated recently to representatives of self-help groups (SHGs) for the adult education and literacy programme in villages on behalf of the Tamilnadu Foundation (TNF) and the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

P. Chandrasekaran, secretary, TNF, said the TCS had developed a software, which with a 50-hour training programme can help illiterates to read a Tamil newspaper. The project could be further expanded to villages if people came forward to donate used computers.

M. Rajagopalan, principal consultant of the TCS said the company adopted a computer-based functional literacy programme and this had benefited 56,000 people in the country. In all 13,000 persons in Tamil Nadu were benefited.

M.B. Nirmal, trustee, TNF, said many people in the State did not know Hindi. They should decide for themselves what they should learn and not be swayed by politics. Volunteers from the TCS later conducted a workshop for representatives of NGOs from panchayats on the use of the computer software for education.

Model village

CHENNAICHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER) (Ph: 28273407) has launched a project to create a model healthy village at Thiruverkadu along with Rotary Club. The project was launched by Health Minister Thalavai Sundaram and the district governor Benjamin Cherian.

As part of the project, the TANKER has adopted two wards in Thiruverkadu and has enrolled around 5,000 people by providing free screening as well as health check ups. This is an effort to raise awareness about the prevalence of kidney diseases.

The focus of the project is on early detection.

According to TANKER, acute renal failure can be treated simply, effectively and inexpensively if it is identified early. However, if the disease is allowed to deteriorate, the treatment becomes more difficult and less successful. Dr. Suresh of the foundation visits the wards twice a week and all registered patients have been given an identity card.

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