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Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India

by Rural Health Care Foundation
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India
Set Up A New Rural Healthcare Centre, India

We say health is wealth. For 26 year old Tagari, the statement holds true quite literally.

While her husband, a labourer working in farm lands, was hardly been able earn to enough money to comfortably sustain the family; Tagari, after developing health problems, became unfit to work. She was stricken with knee as well as nerve issues. Despite being in crippling poverty, she was unable to use government schemes and earning opportunities that could’ve alleviated her quality of life. She didn’t even have enough money for treatment.

Then she found out about our low-cost primary healthcare centre.

Our efforts towards opening healthcare facilities in deprived remote rural areas had given Tagari access to primary medical care near her home, helping her save time and money on travelling. Affordability at our units also made it easy for her to avail our care.

Tagari was treated at our Helan centre for two months. Continued care and free medications made her better. She will soon make use of the Government’s rural employment scheme where adults in poor rural families are given 100 days of guaranteed work with pay. The scheme will ease her family’s burden of poverty.

Like many in her community, low-cost and high-quality treatment at our healthcare centre helped Tagari recover. With stronger health women like her feel empowered to take up income opportunities.

Contribution towards our healthcare initiatives helps us further our mission and reach out to not just women, but also the children and elderly of impoverished villages, who too run the risk of developing various health issues. Better health improves their lives.

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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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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.

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.

Akbari, at RHCF
Akbari, at RHCF's primary health care centre

Akbari, 46, a resident of MMB Street Kolkata. She runs a small tea shop in the outskirts of the city. For the past two months, Akbari had been experiencing severe headache and fatigue which begun to hamper her day-to-day activities and her work. Having lost faith in the government hospitals in her area, she decided to visit a local practitioner to cure her ailment. She found out from other locals who had visited the doctor that she required Rs.300 for the check up and Rs.900 for medicines. This amount was nothing but an additional burden for her that too it was uncertain about the period she needed treatment.

Her condition continued to worsen and reached a stage where she couldn’t walk more than a few steps due to fatigue. As her pain kept increasing, she was desperate for a doctor who could help her cure this problem. One of the men living in her neighbourhood told her how he was cured of shoulder pain after visiting RHCF’s clinic at Zakaria where he paid Rs. 50 for the checkup and received a week’s worth of medicines for free. Finding this too good to be true, Akbari decided to visit the centre herself on 16th April 2018. After a proper check-up, the General Physician- Dr. Kinkar found out the Akbari was suffering from high blood pressure (104/142 at that point of time). The doctor prescribed her with proper medicine and asked her to intake low-salt diet. Also he advised her to start morning walk so that blood flow in her body remains normal.

Akbari visited the centre the following week, wherein, she informed the doctor that she no more is troubled with fatigue and headache. However the physician found that her blood pressure was not yet normal but it had improved significantly (bp: 90/130). So, he advised her to continue the medicine and get her blood pressure checked-up at regular interval.
She now visits the centre whenever she feels unwell and recommends it to any of her friends or family member who is unwell.

Akbari is among several other benefciairies that have been served with primary healthcare and free medicines due to your donations that you have given to Rurual Health Care Foundation (RHCF) with great hope and trust. We at RHCF work to keep up your trust and provide the essentai heathcare facilities to the underprivileged that they deserve.

With intention to serve more people in need RHCF is continuing its service with zeal and expanding its operations to every corner of the state. Presentl, we are providing primary healthcare services through 16 rural clinics and 8 urban clinics spread across 8 districts of  West Benga, incuding Kolkata.

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Rural Health Care Foundation

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
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Project Leader:
Anant Nevatia
Rural Health Care Foundation
Kolkata, West Bengal India
$12,347 raised of $20,000 goal
 
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