Nargis Dutt Foundation is a registered, charitable organization working passionately in the areas of Health & Education. The trust is registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 under registration number E- 9080. It was first set up in 1981 in New York city by Shri Sunil Dutt and the Indian Community in New York, in memory of Smt Nargis Dutt after a yearlong battle with cancer at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. The foundation was thereafter established on 11th October 1982 in Mumbai. The work of the foundation still continues and has spread far and wide, across India.
Over these 40 years, the impact of the foundation has been immeasurable touching the lives of millions of individuals through equipping 100’s of rural hospitals PAN INDIA with medical diagnostic equipment as well as mobile vans, supporting treatment of thousands of cancer patients annually, providing scholarships for meritorious and deserving students and holistic development of rural schools in India. NDF works at grassroot levels and due diligence is done for every single case.
The first bone marrow transplant in India was supported by Nargis Dutt Foundation in 1983. Critical Care equipment was donated to Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, after which the ICU was named after Nargis Dutt, and was inaugurated by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Nargis Dutt Foundation also had its presence wherever there was a national calamity in India, be it the earthquakes in Latur and Bhuj or the floods in Mumbai, Bihar (2008) and Raigad (2021).
The Nargis Dutt Foundation Medical Van equipped with a mobile X-ray machine was the first to reach Bhuj after the devastation caused by the earthquake. When Bihar was hit by the floods in 2008, Nargis Dutt Foundation raised funds that treated over 30000 people, over a period of 3 months, through medical camps in the affected areas. In 2020, Nargis Dutt foundation worked extensively for covid relief and was conferred the prestigious PRCI Angel Communicators of Covid Pandemic Era Award 2021 by the Governor of Maharashtra. Nargis Dutt Foundation was also conferred with the prestigious ACCI 2022 Cancer Crusader Award in Delhi.
The foundation's work is spearheaded by Priya Dutt. Her greatest influence in her life has been her father, Shri Sunil Dutt.
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