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Sep 11, 2015

Set Up A New Rural Health Care Centre

A doctor treats a patient at an RHCF centre
A doctor treats a patient at an RHCF centre

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate eleven primary health care centres (5 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. Aside of 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 constant endeavour over the last few years has been to reach out to as many people as we can, by establishing 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. 

As news of patients benefitting from our treatment spreads around to neighbouring villages, the footfall of patients at our clnics is constantly going up, coupled with the fact that government run medical facilities remain sparse. We therefore feel the need to spread out to more areas. 

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

Kesob: Kesob works as a daily wage labourer on the outskirts of Kolkata. He had been suffering from high fever which prevented him from going to work, resulting in a loss of pay. On approaching one of our centres, the doctors treated him for what they suspected as malaria. Merely two visits to the centres where he was provided diagnosis as well as medication, to reduce the fever and target the virus, put him on the road to recovery. He claims that the services provided by the RHCF centre in particular the patient attitude of the doctors are unmatched for long distances 

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Jun 26, 2015

Set up a New Rural Health Care Centre

A patient after a free cataract operation.
A patient after a free cataract operation.

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate ten primary health care centres (5 Rural Clinics and 5 Urban) in various districts across West Bengal, India reaching out to over 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. Aside of 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 constant endeavour over the last few years has been to reach out to as many people as we can, by establishing additional healthcare centres. The need in the current times is to scale up our existing operations. However, 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, setting up infrastructure, purchasing medicines etc. 

Our facilities are gradually becoming popular with the footfall of patients constantly going up, as news of patients benfitting from our treatment is spreading to neighboouring villages. We therefore feel the need to spread out to more areas. 

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

Shonali: Shonali works as a teacher at the government school located in a village close to Kolkata. For the past few months, her vision had been declining, leading to her facing problems at work. Paucity of funds deterred her from visiting a doctor until she heard of the services provided by the Rural Health Care Centre. She visited the centre where doctors recommended she undergo a cataract surgery in order to improve the quality of her vision.The entire procedure for the surgery right from escorting her to the hospital and bringing her back after the surgery, inlcuding post surgery care was facilitated by RHCF for free. She completely recovered within a few days and was back at work, performing with an incresed efficency. 

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Apr 10, 2015

Support an existing Urban Health Care Centre

An elderly patient after a free cataract surgery
An elderly patient after a free cataract surgery

It has indeed been overwhelming to receive funds that have allowed us to set up and operate ten primary health care centres (5 Rural Clinics and 5 Urban) in various districts across West Bengal, reaching out to over 10 lakh people. Each urban centre runs four departments namely General Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry and Homoeopathy. At the cost of INR 20 ($ 0.25), patients in this centre are provided with diagnosis and free medicine for seven days. The centres also provide free spectacles to those in need. Aside of this, each primary health care centre, in collaboration with other organizations, facilitates free cataract and cleft lip/palate surgeries for those in need. 

While the centres have been set up, these require constant funding in order to operate and continue providing their services to those at the base of the socio-economic pyramid. There is a constant need for funds to provide medicines, free spectacles to patients and sponsor cataract surgeries for those who are in need but do not have the essential resources for the same. Moreover, with the lastest technology around, funds are needed to replace the old medical equipment with new and better machines. 

Our facilities are only becoming more renowned in the areas in which they function and the footfall is only going up, as news of patients benefitting from treatment at our health care centres spreads to neighbouring villages. There is a constant need then to improve exsting infrastructure at our centres, for which we require funds. 

The following is the feedback of a patient who has been benefitted from our services:

Ameena: Ameena, a resident of Kolkata was a tailor by profession until a fading eye sight prevented her from working because her work required very fine stitching. Requiring a spectacle requires a hefty fees to be paid to the doctor along with the cost of the spectacle to enable her to either to see or read properly. One such spectacle at its Maximum Retail Price will cost not less than 1000/-. Ameena visited one of our urban centres and got her eyes tested and had medicines prescribed by qualified doctors. Spectacles were given to her at no cost since she could not afford to pay. Ameena is back to her job of weaving and earning her money again. The money saved by her was utilized for the education of her children and better nutrition for her entire family. 

A lady undergoing dental treatment
A lady undergoing dental treatment

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