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Mar 23, 2017

Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India (17005)

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate ten primary health care centres (9 Rural Clinics and 5 Urban Clinics) in across four districts of West Bengal, India reaching out to over 1.5 million people. Each centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 60 ($ 1), patients are provided diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Beside 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 clinic spreads to the neighbouring 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.

The following is the feedback of a patient who is benefitted from our services. 

9-year-old Jasmin , is a bright young girl, full of life. She studies in a municipal school in Namkhana, South 24 Pargana, West Bengal. Everything was going well until one afternoon when after returning from school, she vomited, passed stools and was feverish. The next day she was rushed to RHCF’s Namkhana Centre. The general physician at the centre, suspected food poisoning. Something went wrong after she had the midday meal at school, the previous day. Strangely, her schoolmates were fine. Dr. Karmakar recommended regular intake of ORS and a 7-day course of medicines. Hospitalization was recommended if she continued vomiting.

However, Jasmin did not need to be hospitalized. Doctor’s  medication and ORS were enough to help in her speedy recovery. After a week, when she came back to the clinic with her father, for a follow up with the doctor, the duo looked happy. Abdul, Jasmin’s father is a farmer by profession. On Jasmin’s second visit to the doctor, he brought vegetables from his farm as a token of thanks. Doctor  told him that Jasmin had a weak immune system which would improve if she visited the centre regularly for check-ups and medication. Abdul was so grateful and satisfied with the treatment and the doctor’s behaviour that he recommended the services to his close friends and family members. Jasmin continues to visit the health centre regularly.

Dec 28, 2016

Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate fourteen primary health care centres (8 Rural Clinics and 6 Urban Clinics) in across four districts of West Bengal, India reaching out to over 1.1 million people. Each centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 60 ($ 1), patients are provided diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Beside 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 clinic spreads to the neighbouring 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.

 The following is the feedback of a patient who is benefitted from our services. 

Tahir age 20, was working in a manufacturing plant as a factory worker. He had started working at a very early age. He was good in studies but had to give it away because his family could not afford to send him to school. Since then he worked too hard to make ends meet. In 5 years,  that he started working, he saved enough money to provide for the education of his younger sister.  

Recently, Tahir was encountering shortness of breath and chest pain. When he came to our Kusumgram Primary Health Centre, the doctor suspected that he has asthma and sent him for a diagnosis. When the report came , Tahir visited the centre and showed the report to the doctor. The doctor confirmed that he has asthma and suggested him that a change in lifestyle , proper diet along with regular intake of prescribed medicines  can help him to recover. He was also told to avoid hazardous environment, pollution, smoke and dust which can adversely affect his condition.

It’s been 3 month and Tahir is regularly visiting the centre . He has given up his hazardous factory job . Tahir now works as a support staff at a local grocery store in the morning and goes to school at night. He is planning to complete his schooling soon. He also dreams to open a restaurant one day.

Oct 3, 2016

Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate ten primary health care centres (8 Rural Clinics and 5 Urban Clinics) in across four districts of West Bengal, India reaching out to over 1.4 million people. Each centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 60 ($ 1), patients are provided diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Beside 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 clinic spreads to the neighbouring 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.

 The following is the feedback of a patient who is benefitted from our services. 

Johra age 50 is the sole bread earner in her family who travels 15 km to and from her workplace, everyday. She is a factory worker ,who is working since last 2 decades. Lately she was suffering from low eyesight and the condition was deteriorating with each passing day. Lack of Medical facilities in the vicinity of her neighborhood made the treatment almost inaccessible to her. She was unable to travel far as that would lead to a sacrifice of one day wage which she could not afford. At this juncture, she came to know about the primary health care centres built up by Rural Health Care Foundation(RHCF) at the vicinity, where she could be diagnosed, receive treatment and a weeklong supply of medicines at a nominal amount of Rs. 60 only.

When Johra visited RHCF’s Topsia centre, she received immediate medical attention which came as a surprise to her. Being a member of the deprived and underserved community she was habituated to insensible, negligent and callous behavior of the doctors who she encountered previously. Unlike less qualified local doctors, the doctor at RHCF treated her with great care . The doctor not only advised on the prescribed medicines but also suggested her about basic sanitation and hygiene, which in turn would improve the quality of her living .

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