Ms Upasana Kamineni is the eldest daughter of Mr.Anil and Shobana Kamineni and the granddaughter of Padamvibhushan Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder-Chairman of Apollo Hospitals. She is only in her mid 20’s & as the Executive Director of Apollo Life — a wellness company — Ms Upasana strives to ensure that school children and the leaders of corporate India maintain good health.
From the age of 15, she began U Xchange — a service to recycle books and notebooks that were distributed amongst poor children. In and out of wards, she spends a large part of her day with children who are being treated at the Apollo Health City, Hyderabad.
Her concern for society is manifest in many ways, including an association with the Blue Cross that has also brought the cause of animals close to her heart. She has an animal farm at her home in Hyderabad — that already houses four rescued tonga horses, eight donkeys and four abused cows rescued from the slaughter, besides others.
On the professional front Ms Upasana has moved seamlessly into her role at Apollo Philanthropy. Apollo Philanthropy is the brainchild of Upasna Kamineni.Surrounded by illustrious family of healthcare visionaries, she carved her own niche in the healthcare milieu by spearheading the group’s philanthropic initiatives for the disadvantaged sections of society.
Says Ms. Kamineni, “The Apollo Hospitals Group is the vanguard of health not only in Asia but around the world. In this leadership position, we have to set an example by giving back to society. With this in mind, I decided to set up Apollo Philanthropy as an umbrella foundation with important spines acting to provide awareness, wellness and helptotheneedy.”
Over the last six years, Apollo Philanthropy has mushroomed into a major player providing prompt and invaluable assistance in natural disasters as well as to the poorer sections of society. Some of which are outlined below:
Save A Child’s Heart Foundation Initiative (SACHi) works closely with children with heart disease through FREE SCREENING camps for children below 12 years of age. Over the past few years, SACHi has funded free heart surgeries for over 3000 children.
CURE foundation is an effort by Apollo Hospitals to bring cancer care to those who cannot afford it. CURE extends preventive as well as rehabilitative cancer treatment to the economically backward.
Society to Aid the Hearing Impaired (SAHI) seeks to identify hearing impaired children, mainly in rural areas, with little or no access to modern medical treatment. It organizes periodic awareness programmes for the general public, school children and school teachers.
Distance Healthcare Advancement Project(DISHA) -is a novel telemedicine initiative to provide long distance healthcare to the under-served population. It is specifically aimed at providing healthcare to vulnerable groups at an affordable cost.
Ms Upasana recently launched Apollo M.I.N.D.Line, a tele-counselling helpline service (an Apollo Life initiative), which offers guidance and extends support to individuals of all ages in finding the right solutions to all their emotional and psychological problems.The helpline is designed to attain comprehensive mental wellness of the people. It carries forth Apollo Life’s endeavour to help people live healthier, richer, productive, complete lives.
A graduate from London’s Regents College,Ms Upasana’s endeavours contribute to Apollo Hospitals’ mission of touching a billion lives in a country that needs better healthcare facilities on a macro scale. What Upasna has built up in a short span away from the public eye is truly commendable.