Help villages and underserved areas get access to dental care by Rural Health Care Foundation

Help villages and underserved areas get access to dental care


Supriyo finds his smile again!

Supriyo is a 10-year-old boy who lives with his family in Kusumgram, a very small village in Burdwan district, West Bengal.

His father is the only earning member of the family, who works as a daily wage laborer. They have a very unstable income and find it hard to make ends meet.

Due to their financial situation, dental health has never been a priority.

Supriyo had always been neglecting his teeth. He had never seen a dentist in all his 10 years which is a common phenomena in rural areas.

When his toothache didn't reduce for over three months his parents decided to take him to the doctor. However, they had no idea where to get treatment from and couldn't afford to go to the city for treatment.

Then his father heard about Rural Health Care Foundation from a friend. Rural Health Care Foundation has set up health centers in villages like Kusumgram to provide healthcare to poor families.

Supriyo's father brought him to the primary healthcare centre of RHCF at Kusumgram.

*Supriyo was guided by the paramedical staff and taken to the dental department. After observation, they found that he had deep cavity in one of his tooth in the right side. *The dentist prescribed medicines for pain relief.

After initial treatment, when his pain subsided he was advised extraction. The dentist, with utmost care, extracted his tooth. He prescribed him medicines for post curative care.

A follow-up check after a week ensured that he was healing well with no complications.

The paramedical staff gave him instructions on awareness of dental hygiene. Upon their advice, he purchased tooth powder and now follows dental hygiene.

"I brush twice a day, daily, as advised by dentist aunty. Now I don't have any pain?says a happy Supriyo!

Many people like Supriyo, who never were aware of dental care now have found relief because of the RHCF health centre.

**Your help can make many more people like Supriyo get access to dental care. You can donate to create a fund that will help healthcare centers provide underprivileged people with dental care.

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About The Program

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Program Description

Rural Health Care Foundation attends to the basic medical needs of people in over 150 villages as well as the slums of Kolkata.

One dentist works out of each centre. This program covers cost of dental material, medicines, doctor's fees and administrative costs.

Access to affordable healthcare is a challenge in many rural and slum areas of West Bengal. Rural Health Care Foundation hopes to bring this service to these underserved areas by establishing 'Health Centers?

Dental medicine is one of the speciality departments in all the primary health care centres of Rural Health Care Foundation. The dental departments of RHCF are equipped with the latest technology facilities . All dental functions such as extraction, cavity filling, scaling etc. are done at the centers. In rural areas, dental hygiene is often neglected.

The people bring their 'Below Poverty Line?(BPL) Card or certificates issued from their local Panchayats. This makes them eligible for the free treatment at the Health Centers.

RHCF delivers both curative as well as informative assistance to the rural poor. They operate at 4 rural centres at Mayapur, Swarupnagar, Namkhana and Samgrampur, Kusumgram, Sundia as well as 5 urban, Jyotish Roy road, Zakaria, Topsia, Shiborampur, Benerec, Regent Park in Kolkata.

All the rural centres are located in villages and they benefit all the villages in a radius of around 50 kms.

Pamphlets are distributed in the local language and the best publicity in rural area is word of mouth.

The health center have addressed close to 1,14,900 patients since their inception in 2007 through their programs in West Bengal. Close to 17,000 patients depend on the health centers every year.

When you donate to this program, you can help villages which have no or little access to basic dental care facilities get the medical attention they deserve.

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About The NGO

Rural Health Care Foundation
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Rural Health Care Foundation

Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF) is a non profit organisation based out of Kolkata. It offers primary healthcare to the underprivileged community through a chain of 15 primary health centres located in remote rural regions of West Bengal and the urban slums of Kolkata.

Against a nominal amount of Rs. 60 ($0.89) a patient receives consultation, treatment and free medicines for a week. A project started by two brothers, has now transformed to an initiative serving millions of patients per year and generating employment for many.

The organization was set up following the prolonged suffering of one of its founders with cancer, since an early age. This exposed to him and his brother, the lack of quality health care facilities in India, particularly so for the rural poor. The brothers got together with like-minded people and established RHCF which provides low cost, quality health care in rural areas based on a model that is scalable, sustainable and replicable.

Anant and Arun Nevatia wound up their booming construction business and started this initiative for the poor. He realised there is no end to money making and he decided to give back to society. Taking this vision forward the brothers started this initiative to provide health care to the poor.

RHCF centres run six days a week throughout the year. They have treated over 15 lakh patients in their 15 primary health care centres.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Shreyas Nevatia

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Medical Supplies | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

West Bengal

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2017: Best Achiever Award

2016: Special Consultative Status at United Nations

2017: Environmentalist Award

2015: Rex Karmveer Award

2014: Heroes behind heroes

2016: Best NGO To Work For 2011

2016: India Healthcare Award

2016: Senior National Championship

2017: Charities Aid Foundation

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Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 July, 2020

Dental care at RHCF centres – better oral and overall health


Dental care at RHCF centres – better oral and overall health

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Our dentistry departments were started to counter the absence of dental care facilities and lack of knowledge about oral hygiene among the under-served communities. The aim was to provide them with access to a service that is crucial to one's overall health and our determined efforts have been rewarding us with healthier patients ever since. In the last quarter our centres across West Bengal provided dental care and treatment to over 2000 patients and our total patient count, since inception, in dentistry departments crossed 1.4 lakhs. Patients from all ages got their dental ailments treated, thus reaffirming the impact of our efforts. Our plan is to continue providing the care and over time instill healthier oral habits among the communities.

19 November, 2019

Patients receiving the care and support


Patients receiving the care and support

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Dental care is important to the overall health of a person. Yet underprivileged communities are deprived of such care because of limited knowledge about healthcare, limited income and lack of medical facilities. Our primary healthcare centres are aimed at helping them cure dental issues and also help them develop better dental care and hygiene. Between January and March 2019, 2606 patients received treatment at our dentistry departments, along with which they also received 1-week supply of medications. Continuous access to a qualified dentist helps them adopt better dental care and habits, so for the next quarter we will continue providing effective care at affordable cost.

Story from the field

53 year old Uttam Mandal (Prescription No. 344757) visited our healthcare centre in Kusumgram after suffering from toothache. He was in a lot of pain and needed to see the dentist. With poverty and lack of proper medical services severely affecting their lives, rural communities hardly ever pay attention to dental care and hygiene. Negligence of dental issues is very common among them. Cost of treatment discourages them from getting effective care as well. However, with affordable treatment at our primary healthcare centres, patients like Uttam feel encouraged to visit our dentist and seek the care they need. After quickly inferring the cause of his pain, our dentist recommended extraction of his tooth. He was first provided with medications to reduce the pain, then was asked to come back to get his teeth extracted. Uttam came back to our centre on 7th May. He got his teeth extracted and is now pain-free. Our medical professionals have educated him about the importance of dental hygiene and also advised him to adopt proper dental care. A healthcare unit with dentistry department care benefits patients like Uttam, who otherwise end up using ineffective alternative methods to reduce their pain. Regular access to dentists at low-cost not only cures their ailments, but instills healthier habits. Since good oral health improves overall health, our dentistry departments are focused on curing and educating our communities and helping many other like Uttam.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 12551
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 12551
Village/City/State where project is located West Bengal
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 6275500
Total Expenses for the project YTD 6275500

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