Although Gangnam-gu is commonly known as a neighborhood for the wealthy, the district has the highest prices regarding goods and housing expenses, compared to other areas, and Although Gangnam-gu is commonly known as a neighborhood for the wealthy, the district has the highest prices regarding goods and housing expenses, compared to other areas, and has the ninth highest number of recipients for the Basic Livelihood Security Program (BLSP) who live in poor living environments such as rooftop houses, goshiwons (a small box room with bare minimum living accommodations, also referred to as “off-campus dormitories”), and semi-basement houses. Hence, the “Gangnam Welfare Governance” is a policy of Gangnam-gu that aims to give support in the income, care, health, education, and housing through a separate “Criteria for Welfare in Gangnam” that reflects the local characteristics and not the national average standard for living expenses.
The launching of the “Gangnam Welfare Governance” included participation by Professor Young Sun Kim, vice-chief of the Seoul National University Hospital Healthcare System (SNUH) Gangnam Center Volunteers, as a member of the Health Committee. The governance will cooperate with Gangnam-gu and related institutions in the district to create a minimum standard for community welfare and the optimal standard for better quality of life. As a part of its contribution to the community, the SNUH Gangnam Center has been offering one free medical examination every year to the disabled individuals and the BLSP recipients in Gangnam-gu since 2010, totaling 2,500 beneficiaries as of 2019.
On July 31st, Representative Lee Young-sul of Kyung Il Building, who made continuous donations to the Seoul National University Hospital and the SNUH Gangnam Center, donated five motorized wheelchairs (valued at KRW 15 million) to low-income disabled individuals in Gangnam-gu to partake in the social responsibilities of the SNUH Gangnam Center.
The SNUH Gangnam Center will continue to make efforts to improve the quality of life and health of the local society and the vulnerable groups through the activities of the social volunteer group, “OASIS.”
Source : Seoul National University Hospital Healthcare System Gangnam Center