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

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?

General medicine is one of the most important departments in all the primary health care centres of RHCF's.

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. The patients are charged a one time nominal fee of Rs.60/- to Rs.70/- for registration.

An MBBS doctor is appointed in each centre of the four centres to treat the patients. Medicines prescribed by the doctor are distributed free to all the patients. Feedback is taken by the paramedical

staff to ensure the proper utilization of the medicines. After they are given medicines a follow-up consultation is scheduled within 7 to 10 days to ensure that they are fully recovered.

The health center have addressed close to 11,37,000 patients since their inception in 2007 through their programs in West Bengal. Close to 190,00 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 healthcare facilities get the medical attention they deserve.

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About : 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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Access to and awareness of affordable health care services will ease the burden of healthcare costs for the underprivileged.

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