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

Help villages and underserved areas get access to health care

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A healthcare center that helped Anira get back to her livelihood,

Anira is 54 years old. She lives in Barddhaman district. She works as a domestic help in a few homes in the neighboring towns. She earns a very meagre income which just about helps her in making ends meet.

She has two daughters. With great difficulty she got her older daughter married . She wants to get her younger daughter married too. However, she isn't able to arrange for finances for the wedding.

Recently she started falling ill regularly and was unable to work. She started feeling dizzy and having frequent headaches and chest pains. She wanted to get medical attention but couldn't afford to visit the doctor because of her financial situation.

A neighbor then told her about the health center set up by Rural Health Care Foundation. When she came to know that the consultation cost would be minimal, she went to the health center to seek help.

Dr. Adhikary, the physician of the Health center diagnosed her with a case of high blood pressure. She had been suffering from high blood pressure for some time. Her blood vessels were weakened as she was not taking any medicines. She was so weak that if her blood pressure was not lowered immediately she could have had a stroke.

She was immediately given medicines free of cost. She was also told to practice some exercises to lower her blood pressure and keep it under control.

Under his supervision she made a quick recovery. Anira's weak immune system was responsible for her illness. Due to the lack of awareness and facilities in the village, she did not know how to respond to her symptoms.

Under the guidance of Dr. Adhikari, she is now rebuilding her health. She visits the health center for regular checks. She now can work and earn her livelihood without stress of her illness.

Anira, grateful for the help, now recommends the health center to all her friends and family.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Healthcare
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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.

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 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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founders
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
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

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

Program Updates

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Program Update

While rural areas are affected by lack of medical facilities, quality care provided in cities are unaffordable for urban underprivileged communities. Our healthcare centres are focused on delivering quality medical care at low-cost to serve these people living in underserved areas. Between January and March 2019, 69612 patients received treatment at our healthcare centres - 53593 in General Medicine, 8216 in Optometry, 2606 in Dentistry and 5197 in Homeopathy. Our plan for the next quarter not only includes the continued service of communities through our high-quality and low-cost patients, but also access of healthcare facilities for more people in need of medical care through newer centres.

Story from the field

Lively, strong, good-humoured and resilient Farha Swakat (Prescription No. 55674) is a 36 year old woman who has been visiting our primary healthcare centre at Zakaria Street regularly. She started visiting our doctor after developing skin problems. For people, especially women, of underprivileged families, getting proper treatment becomes difficult. Often the low-cost treatment facilities fail to adhere to basic healthcare standards and offer unsatisfactory services. Ineffective treatment affects the health of the patients. Since the earnings of underserved communities are hardly enough to seek quality care offered by private firms, their health suffers further. Our urban healthcare centres were opened to counter this very problem and help patients like Farha. Affordability makes it easy for her to avail our care and stick to the treatment plan recommended by our physician. Repeat visits don’t affect her earnings either. She visited our centre on 10th May to follow up on her skin issues. Very familiar with our staff, she got her check up done at low-cost and took the free 1-week’s supply of the prescribed medication. She has been continuing her treatment and is getting better as well. She fights financials constraints almost everyday, but with affordable and effective primary medical care, we try to ease her otherwise rough life.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?278202
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date278202
Village/City/State where project is locatedWest Bengal
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1941872289
Total Expenses for the project YTD41872289

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