Indian Hockey Team Inaugurates TAAL Peer Counseling Centre, Pune

(From L to R) Dr. V. P. Mandora, Leading HIV Physician, Mr. Jose Brasa, Coach Indian Hockey, Mr. A. K. Khanna, Executive Director and COO, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Pune, Mr. Rajpal Singh, Captain Indian Hockey and Mr. Manoj Pardeshi, Member NMP+

TAAL, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Emcure continues to impress people from all walks of life. This time it was none other than the Indian Hockey team that were amazed by the spirited work carried out by the members of Network of Maharashtra by HIV positive people (NMP+).

The unique care and support center, TAAL, was started in Pune in 2005 by NMP+ with the support of Emcure. It was inaugurated by renowned film personality Mr. Nana Patekar. Within in a short span TAAL centres are spread across Maharashtra serving more than 3000 positive people.

Inaugurating TAAL Peer Counseling Center (From L to R) Mr. A. K. Khanna, Mr. Jose Brasa, Captain Rajpal Singh, Mr. Manoj Pardeshi, Member NMP+

Indian Hockey Team’s visit and inauguration of TAAL peer counseling centre on 16th September is yet another milestone in its journey to extend comprehensive services for positive people. Speaking at the ceremony Mr. A. K. Khanna said, “TAAL provides the much needed support to HIV positive people to become independent and be a part of main stream of society. TAAL centers are located in 5 districts in Maharashtra. So far more than 3000 positive people are availing services from these centers. Today TAAL – Pune & Nagpur are self sustainable and financially independent. areTAAL centre has given a new identity of extending care and support to HIV-positive people and we are moving with the objective to open TAAL centers at each district in HIV high prevalence states.”

Indian Hockey Team with Mr. A. K. Khanna, Executive Director and COO, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Pune, cheering for members of NMP+

Indian Hockey Team Coach, Mr. Jose Brasa appreciated the work of TAAL and said that they draw inspiration from their committed efforts in addressing the psycho-social issues of HIV positive people. The Indian Captain Mr. Rajpal Singh has echoed similar views “This is a commendable work from them that they had not only overcome their problems but are showing path for others to follow. For me they are the ideal people who are excelling despite all odds”. With their visit Indian Hockey Team has motivated the positive people to continue with their good.