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Few people give back to the society as much as they take from it. Aiming towards an overhaul in the healthcare system, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw becomes the second Indian to join the Giving Pledge.
The Giving Pledge is a billionaire philanthropic group started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, which gets billionaires to pledge a significant portion of their wealth to causes.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the inspiring founder of Biocon Ltd. , has pledged to divert at least half her wealth towards developing infrastructure and research in order to combat cancer. Such initiatives by business tycoons will definitely help countries like India accelerate their development.
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As the first Indian woman to be part of the Giving Pledge, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is an inspiration to other women who have earned their wealth and now can do more for others.
According to a survey, cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. Owing to the crippling financial burden that the deadly disease brings with it, a number of patients perish due to their inability to find adequate resources for the treatment. She, through her philanthropy, envisions a world free of cancer. Her efforts towards eliminating cancer from the world stem from a personal story. Seeing a very close friend of hers struggle and die of cancer, she took up the gauntlet of saving lives cut short by the deadly disease.
Kiran Mazumdar’s interest in public health is not new. She, in collaboration with Dr. Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudalaya Hospital , has established clinics to offer clinical care, general medicines and basic tests for all those who cannot afford them. Regular general health checks in remote villages are also a part of the scheme.
She also established the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation in 2009 in Bengaluru. It pushes the boundaries of discovery, transforms healthcare and creates hope for humanity by roping in world class researchers dedicated to the same cause.
Often touted as the richest woman of India, she believes in the power of commerce and innovation to create social progress. She aspires to give back to the society as much as she takes from it. She urges everyone to put in a little for nation building.She wants to be remembered as someone who put India on the world map in terms of scientific innovations and made a difference to Global Health care.
She had been nurturing the dream of creating a world class cancer center for very long. By taking the Giving Pledge, she has moved a step forward towards its materialization.
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