COVID-19  India Project #52244

India's covid crises

by Mann Deshi Foundation
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
India's covid crises
Children's Day Health Camp
Children's Day Health Camp

Covid-19 exposed the inadequacy of the rural healthcare system in India. In remote villages where the Mann Deshi Foundation operates, there was a severe shortage of doctors, hospital beds and equipment. It brought to light the gaps in the healthcare services for last-mile communities. To ensure that the communities that we work with have access to basic healthcare needs, Mann Deshi Foundation opened a one-of-a-kind Diagnostic Centre in Mhaswad, Mann Taluka.

This centre is fully equipped with an outpatient department, a CT scan and radiology centre, a pathology lab, an x-ray centre and physiotherapy. The location of the Diagnostic centre plays an extremely important role in ensuring that healthcare services are accessible to last-mile populations.

As a continued post-pandemic healthcare intervention, the we organised two intiatives for Children. The first, is to provide free diagnostics and surgeries for congential facial deformaties such as cleft lip and palate, blood clots on the face, forward or backward jaw and ear and nose deformaties. The diagnosis and surgeries were implemented in colaboration with Cleft-Children International, Switzerland. The surgeon explained to our team that root cause of congential facial deformaties is due to the undernourshment of women during pergnancy and child birth. As a result, we have sucessfully completed srugeries for 11 children and looking forward to hosting more camps to identify more children that are interested in getting access to this healthcare service. 

The second was a Children's Day Healthcamp in which over 350 children were given free medical check-ups. We focused on providing these check-ups for children below the age of 12. After the Health camp, we received feedback from our doctors that the root of the problem for many children in rural India was malnourishment. We have understood that even today, last-mile communities are struggling to provide healthy meals for their children which later on compromise their immunity. This brought to light that even though we have been able to manage Covid19 to a manageable extent today, we still have a long way to go in ensuring that employment generation and healthcare are made accessible for all.

Success story: Sheetal, said that she was informed about the Children's day Healthcamp through the radio. She decided to register her daughter for the medical check-ups. She was very thankful of the doctor's service and was happy to get her daughter checked by city doctors. Watch her video in the link below! 

Free medical check-ups for children under 12 years
Free medical check-ups for children under 12 years
Health camp for Children
Health camp for Children
Medicines at subsidised rates
Medicines at subsidised rates
Sheetal, a parent with her Child
Sheetal, a parent with her Child
Health Camp for Children
Health Camp for Children
Doctors doing Medical Check-ups
Doctors doing Medical Check-ups
Healthy Children, Happy Children!
Healthy Children, Happy Children!

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Mann Deshi Pathology Lab
Mann Deshi Pathology Lab

Mann Deshi Foundation Healthcare Overall Impact:

  • 8,000+ patients served
  • 500+ patients provided oxygen
  • 4500+ Covid patients were provided with nutritious meals
  • Over 20,000+ women healthcare primarily screened through biweekly health camps
  • 25,000+ rural women vaccinated
  • 24,000+ migrant families were provided with meals
  • 900 rural women entrepreneurs produced over 3 million masks
  • Over 400 CT Scan done

 

A 35-year-old man named Sachin says, “ I drive a car for a living, sometimes I have a job as a driver, and sometimes things are challenging, especially financially. I remember my daughter having a stomach infection, and Mann Deshi’s charitable pathology lab was a big savior in the cost of the blood tests. Because of the Mann Deshi health center, I now have access to the pathology lab, OPD, and radiology center, which are equipped with doctors and technology. So I could save the healthcare testing cost by using Mann Deshi’s facility.

In rural India, over 25% of annual income is spent on healthcare. Yet, over 55% of Indian women suffer from anemia. If a health incident happens in a rural woman’s family, the entire family goes through financial distress. For centuries in India, we have not been able to screen and diagnose women for comorbidities like diabetes, blood pressure, etc., due to a lack of awareness, basic accessibility, and access to CT scans and blood tests.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) have now become India's leading cause of mortality.  Mann Deshi empowers women through programs in business education, agriculture, sports, water, etc. Still, our surveys show that, despite all the access and control over finance, illness and hospitalization bring down the entire family, making women vulnerable. Health is one of the biggest challenges for a rural Indian family.

Diagnostic and OPD (Outpatient Department) is crucial in remote areas since there are no adequate facilities.

Preventive Health Care is crucial— with our experience in health camps and doorstep health services, we are able to save costs for rural women of India.

 

 

Mann Deshi is running state-of-the-art following healthcare facilities for the rural communities of Maharashtra.

 Radiology: CT Scan and X-ray for. Mann Deshi’s radiology is the Only available center for the 300,000 population.

Pathology Center: Only available high-tech pathology center

OPD (Out Patient Department)  with a doctor.

During COVID, we are set up to have OPD with an MBBS doctor.

For patient admission, we have 30 bedded ICU PPP model hospitals.

In Man and Khatav Tehsil, we run two cardiac ambulances

Through our Health Sakhi (Health Didi) program, our appointed Mann Deshi Health Didis visit women at their doorsteps for screenings of Blood Pressure, Diabetes, HB, anemia, and other health-related queries. Medicine and follow-up are provided by the Mann Deshi Health Center and the Government PHCs and Rural Hospitals.

Once a month for seven days, Mann Deshi conducts a health camp in Man and Khatav Tehsil with doctors and a gynecologist. Women are screened and diagnosed. For further treatments, they are connected to Mann Deshi Health Centers, and. for further surgeries, they are connected to other charitable hospitals like SRCC in Mumbai. Mann Deshi has a team of expert doctors and Health Sakhis to run these programs in remote areas of Maharashtra.

Mann Deshi has collaborated with Georgetown University for the primary healthcare research and health PPP model.

Mann Deshi has collaborated with the state government health department of Maharashtra.

OPD Medicine
OPD Medicine
Radiology center
Radiology center
Blood collection
Blood collection
Healthcamp
Healthcamp
PPP Hospital
PPP Hospital
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Progress Report

The Covid-19 Pandemic hit rural India hard. While the first few months of the pandemic were felt in
the urban areas, the rural area was impacted the most during the second way. Maharashtra had one of
the highest case counts in the country, and the Satara district where the Mann Deshi Foundation works
remained one of the overlooked areas.
Mann Deshi has provided rations to 25,000 families, refurbished, and is now running two rural
hospitals in Satara district, which have served 2,500 patients and continue to serve more each day. We
provide nutritious meals to patients at isolation centers, run two cardiac advanced life
support ambulances, ensure women and children can access tests and scans, and run an oxygen
bank. In addition, we have offered interest-free loans to help women pivot or restart their businesses.
Gondavale Rural Hospital
Gondavale Rural Hospital is a public-private partnership model hospital where the state government
and Mann Deshi is running the free cost covid hospital, which provides patients with all the necessary
treatments such as covid treatment with ventilator, x-ray, pathology lab, and food availability.
The cost of the doctor's salary and food has been supported by the crowdfunding platforms, such as
GlobalGiving.
From October 2021 to December 2021 Total of 76 Covid Patients got admitted to our Mann Deshi run.
Gondavale covid hospital. All admitted patients were successfully discharged. The death rate is zero.
Over 500 patients were served meals and breakfast from October to December. There was a proper
day schedule for the people to take care of. These patients are under the observation of 4 Doctors and
10 Nurses in 3 shifts a day. We have provided over 700 meals to covid
patients of Man tehsil in the last three months.
Testimonial
“We can approach the staff for help at any day. Once a nurse came in to check on me at
1.30 am because she noticed I was having trouble sleeping- that’s the kind of personal attention you
get here. The hospital is also fully equipped with all the treatment facilities, so unlike other places we
need not run around for additional tests or medicines.”
- Geetanjali,  Patient at Gondavale Rural Hospital.

Public-Private Partnership Study by Georgetown University
Owing to the success of the Gondavale Rural Hospital, which we started as a Public-Private Partnership
initiative, the professors and students of Georgetown University did a case study on the same, the
final document of which was published on 7 th March 2022 in the presence of Shri. Rajesh Tope, Hon.
Health Minister of Maharashtra. You can access the report using the following link:
https://manndeshifoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/GRH-Case-Study_Upload.pdf

 

Mann Deshi CT scan and Diagnostic Center
There is no diagnostic center within a radius of 70 km of Mhaswad. As a result, Mann Deshi
In partnership with various funders, including the crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving,
Foundation has set up a diagnostic facility with a CT scan, pathology lab, and x-ray machine. The diagnostic
center will be serving underprivileged communities as a charitable model, where patients will be
served by the MD doctor appointed by Mann Deshi. Patients can avail of the services of blood check-ups,
pathology lab, CT scans, and doctor’s consultations. This facility has been functional since January
2022 and is helping thousands of patients to reduce their healthcare costs.

 

Ambulance Service
Mann Deshi also runs two cardiac ambulances for the community. These were used intensively for
Covid patients. Over 200 covid patients have been transferred via Mann Deshi's ambulances. In
addition, through some crowdfunding support, Mann Deshi organized Covid vaccines and vaccination
camps for 24000 rural women of Maharashtra. We arranged for buses for pick up and drop off for
women coming from remote villages. We also set up a health counseling counter for essential checkups and consultations with doctors at each vaccination drive.
“The vaccination camp organized by the Mann Deshi foundation helped hundreds of women
from her village. Although the vaccines were short, especially in rural India, that's where Mann Deshi
stepped up at the most crucial time.”
- Lakshmi, Vaccine beneficiary.

As of 31 st March, our ambulances have transported:
118 patients to the Gondavale Rural Hospital
130 patients to the diagnostic center
130 patients to the hospitals in Mhaswad
48 patients to the Public Health Centre in Mhaswad

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From October 2021 to December 2021 Total of 76 Covid Patients got admitted to our Mann Deshi run Gondawale covid hospital. Seventy-six patients were successfully discharged. The death rate is zero. Over 500 patients were served meals and breakfast from October to December. There was a proper day schedule of the people to take care of. These patients are under the observation of 4 Doctors and 10 Nurses in 3 shifts a day. In the last three months, we have provided over 700 meals to covid patients of Man tehsil.

 

Since there is no CT scan center in the Man tehsil around 70km, Man tehsil has over 300,000. As a result, various funders, including the crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving Mann Deshi Foundation, have set up a diagnostic facility with CT scan, pathology lab, and x-ray machine. The diagnostic center will be served for underprivileged communities as a charitable model, where patients will be served under the MD doctor appointed by Mann Deshi; patients can avail the service of blood check k-up, pathology lab, CT scan, and doctor’s consultation.

 

This is one of its kind center and unique in the state of Maharashtra, wherein the remotest place like Mhaswad, Mann Deshi, has built innovative and state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities. This facility will be functional from Jan 2022. This facility will help thousands of patients to reduce their healthcare costs.

 

Along with that, through the crowdfunding funds from GlobalGiving, Mann Deshi has been treating patients from Gondawale hospital; Gondawale hospital is a public-private partnership model hospital where the government and Mann Deshi are running the free cost covid hospital which provides patients all the necessary treatments such as covid treatment with the availability of ventilator, x-ray, pathology lab, and food. The cost of the doctor's salary and food has been supported by the crowdfunding platforms, such as GlobalGiving.

 

Mann Deshi also runs two cardiac ambulances for the community; these were used intensively for covid patients. Over 200 covid patients have been transferred via Mann Deshi's ambulances. In addition, through some crowdfunding support, Mann Deshi organized vaccines (covid) and vaccination camps for 24000 rural women of Maharashtra...

 

Laxmi says the vaccination camp organized by the Mann Deshi foundation really helped hundreds of women from her village. Although the vaccines were short, especially in rural India, that's where Mann Deshi stepped up at the most crucial time.

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit rural India hard. While the first few months of the pandemic were felt mostly in cities, rural India was impacted most when the second wave hit. The state of Maharashtra has had the highest number of cases in the country, and the Satara district, where we work, remains among the most underserved and overlooked communities in health and education. At Mann Deshi, we have stayed true to our mission of empowering rural women and their communities. This has been our first foray into healthcare, initially as an emergency relief response, but now with a commitment to improving health outcomes for our women and their communities. This report presents Mann Deshi’s grassroots health relief work from March 2020 to July 2021. We have provided rations to 25,000 families, refurbished, and are now running two rural hospitals in the Satara district, which have served 2,500 patients and continue to serve more each day. We provide nutritious meals to patients at isolation centers, run two cardiac advanced life support ambulances, ensure women and children can access tests and scans, and run an oxygen bank. We run two covid hospitals that have treated over 4000 patients. We have offered interest-free loans to help women pivot or restart their businesses. We have also invested in digitizing our Business School courses and Chambers of Commerce workshops. We have supported our women to make the most of the digital world by introducing them to apps and platforms for easy payments, networking, marketing, and accounting. Our bank has created new financial products to support women during this time. Introduction All this has been possible only because of generous partners and donors, for whom we remain ever grateful, who have given us the confidence and support to deliver equitable healthcare.

 

Through the support of all our funders, we were able to provide the following things in the pandemic and especially in the second wave.

 

  • Mann Deshi has provided over 200+ patients with Oxygen Concentrators; we provide each patient an O2 concentrator machine for seven days.

 

  • Mann Deshi is running two covid hospitals in a partnership with the government. We have treated over 4000 patients; we provide daily meals to these patients, medical equipment like ventilators, portable X-ray machines, pathological labs, oxygen cylinders, etc. As well as some of the advance doctors' payments.

 

  • Mann Deshi provides daily meals to over 500 covid patients, including two meals, fruits, and operation costs like transportation.

 

  • Mann Deshi has done the vaccination drive for 25,000 rural women. We provide the covishield vaccination free of cost and the set-up of the entire operation, including food, facility, and transportation.

 

  • Over 10,000 frontline workers are supported with safety equipment like N95 masks, PPE kits, and sanitizers.

 

  • Twenty thousand women received bi-weekly health camps through Mann Deshi’s health doctors. In the health camp, our doctors provide information and check BP, Blood Sugar, anemia, and iron deficiency.

 

  • Mann Deshi is building a diagnostic center on a charitable basis where we will be having CT scans, a Pathology Lab, and a doctor consulting room for rural patients.

 

  • Mann Deshi Foundation has also been running two cardiac ambulances free of cost.

 

  • In the pandemic, Mann Deshi Foundation provided the cost for doctors approved CT scans for the covid patients, especially women and children under 18

 

 

Testimonials of the beneficiary

 

“We can approach the staff for help at any hour of the day. Once, a nurse came in to check on me at 1.30 am because she noticed I was having trouble sleeping - that’s the kind of personal attention you get there. The hospital is also fully equipped with all the facilities we may need for our treatment, so unlike other places, we didn’t need to run around for additional tests or medicines.” - Teacher | Patient at Gondavle RH hospital run by Mann Deshi and the government.

 

 

“The hospital’s transformation is phenomenal! I couldn’t believe I was in the same hospital that I had last visited 5 years ago with a relative. As a community, we are fortunate that Mann Deshi is involved in the running of the hospital because this way we know we have a voice in its management.” - Farmer | Patient at Gondavle RH hospital run by Mann Deshi and the government.

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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @MannDeshiOrg
Project Leader:
Prabhat Sinha
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India
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