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Mar 12, 2019

Treatment and Empowerment

In rural India it is common to find hard-working people struggling to make ends meet. Madhabi Singh’s life, though not different, is still striking as she is a woman supporting herself in a traditional and male-dominated community.

As a daily labourer in the agricultural fields, she has been earning her living through hard-work and a physically straining job. She is on her own and has no one to look after her. Despite the difficulties, her grit and resilience never leaves her. Her strength, however, was tested when she developed swelling in her right leg.

When Madhabi came to our centre, her condition was severe. She had stopped working and didn’t have enough money for sustenance, let alone treatment.

Rural Health Care Foundation's affordable medical care helped her. She received proper medical consultation at only Rs. 70 (about 1 USD). 1-week’s supply of medication was provided free of cost.

Madhabi is now recovering from her condition. Soon she will go back to work again.

Madhabi’s treatment not only helped her get better, but also saved her from depending on others for her livelihood.

The generosity of our donors helps women like her. Their support gives them access to care which they otherwise wouldn’t have. Many are still in desperate need of basic medical services. Your support can improve their lives.

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Jan 2, 2019

Healthcare for Resilient Rural India

It has been almost 10 years since we first set up our foundation to help the rural communities with good primary healthcare centres. We now have 14 units serving people in different areas of rural West Bengal. These resilient, hard working communities battle unimaginable challenges thrown by life. They deserve better medical care, which very few have access to.

So here at RHCF, we have always made accessibility, availability and affordability our prime focus. Medical consultation and a week’s supply of medications are still being provided only at Rs. 70 (about 1 USD) and our plan is to open more centres to reach out to more people.

We couldn’t have accomplished anything without you, our donors. We are so grateful to you for believing in our mission and contributing to our cause; for showing so much compassion towards these people. With your support, we are able to provide proper treatment and help them lead healthier lives.

We will continue to share more stories from our communities to show you the impact of your generosity.

We have a long way to go before we can achieve our mission of eradicating healthcare challenges in rural India, but you can help us get there faster.

Sep 4, 2018

Serving people of all age at RHCF

Sonu, a 7 year old boy lives in Swarupnagar village of North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. For the very beginning, he has been neglecting his teeth which are common phenomena in rural areas. Since a month he has been suffering from toothache, but his father was clueless where get his son treated with the trivial money he makes. In rural area, qualified dentist with all modern apparatus is a next to impossible scenario. Fortunately, one of his friends who were treated by Rural Health Care Foundation earlier advised him to visit or clinic. Taking his advice, Sonu’s father brought him to our primary healthcare centre at Swarupnagar.

At the centre Sonu got himself registered and guided by our paramedical staff was taken to the dental department. After observing him, our dentist Dr. Nayak found out that he has deep cavity in one of his tooth which needed extraction. Therefore, Dr. Nayak prescribed Sonu with medicines and asked his parents to bring their son for extraction after four days. After four days, Sonu visited our centre accompanied by his parents. With utmost care Dr. Nayak extracted his tooth and prescribed medicines that are essential for post curative care. He was asked to report back after a week for the follow-up so that the doctor ensures recovery. Instructions were given to him by our paramedical staff regarding awareness of dental hygiene which he should follow along with his family.

Sonu is doing well today, which was evident after observation during the follow-up and now he brushes teeth twice as a day as suggested by the dentist.

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds from supportive donors like you that have allowed us to set up and operate twenty-four primary health care centres (16 Rural Clinics and 8 Urban Clinics) in and across West Bengal, India, reaching out to over 1.9 million people till date. Each centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 70 ($ 1), patients are provided diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Besides this, each primary health care centre, in collaboration with other organizations, facilitates free cataract and cleft lip/palate surgeries for those in need.

The task at hand is huge and our intention over the last few years has been to spread out and serve as many people as we can, by establishing more such healthcare centres. The need in the current times is to scale up our existing operations to other districts of the state. In order to operate and set up new centres, we require constant funding. The funds would be used for purchasing medical equipment, hiring medical as well as support staff, staff at the Head Office, setting up infrastructure at the clinics, purchasing medicines etc.

Since the Government run medical facilities are sparse in these rural areas, news of patients benefitting from the treatment received at our clinics spreads to the neighboring villages, resulting in constant increase of footfall of patients at our clinics. We therefore feel the need to reach out to more such areas addressing the needs of more patients.

 
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