Uplift India Association
Health insurance and medical support for truck drivers
truck drivers enrolled under mutual health insurance
drivers availed the OPD services
COVID vaccinations administered
truck drivers availed telehealth consultation services so far
- Pan India
truck drivers and their families
Kumar Shailabh Founder
While Truck Drivers are the supply/logistics nerves of the country, they remain invisible to most of the policymakers and are one of the most neglected populations when it comes to, any kind of social protection in India. For the first time in India, Uplift along with its safe driving app partner Humsafer and with the support of SAMRIDH and other donors, has launched a comprehensive health protection programme that today covers more than 10,000 truck drivers. This health protection includes physical outpatient services, access to medicines, 24X7 helpline and teleconsultation and a hospitalisation cover of 1 lakh Rs that includes hospitalisation for COVID. This programme can be scaled up to a large number of truck drivers if adopted by ports like JNPT.
With SAMRIDH’s financial assistance, Uplift aims to provide medical support and insurance to truck drivers across India. They have built a mutual health insurance model for truck drivers that will be embedded as an incentive to follow safe driving practices.
Despite being the backbone of the supply and logistics chain that propels our economy, truck drivers are one of the most neglected communities when it comes to social protection policies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in spite of supplying essential medical and hazardous commodities (like liquid oxygen), they were not considered as frontline workers and were not prioritised for receiving the vaccinations. Long working hours, stress of timely completion of trips, and unsafe driving conditions leave them particularly vulnerable to health risks and accidents. Low wages further impact their ability to seek health insurance to cover their risk and treatment costs. It is crucial to provide truck drivers with medical support, insurance, and make their profession safe and rewarding.
Health insurance and medical support through teleconsultation for truck drivers
Uplift, through its health insurance and 24×7 teleconsultation support covers 10,000 truck drivers across the country. Services include outpatient care at logistical hubs (starting with Pune), navigation support to access secondary care, and immediate accident relief. To reduce the number of accidents amongst enrolled truck drivers, Uplift has also linked safe driving with financial incentives and included it as a component of health insurance. The program has so far conducted vaccination drives for truck drivers, and provided adequate support to drivers working in COVID afflicted areas.