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Support the treatment of a baby at risk by EKAM Foundation

This program helps people in extreme need

Support the treatment of a baby at risk

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Akshan got the care he needed just in time.

Akshan was born in a poor family in Trichy. They could hardly afford their basic necessities and struggled to get through each day. When they found out about Akshan's illness, his parents were shattered.

He was diagnosed with a heart condition where his arteries were affected. He did not get enough oxygen to his body and was in a life-threatening situation. Akshan's parents knew how dangerous the situation was but they could not afford the surgery he needed to survive.

Their miracle came through when they were referred to Ekam. Ekam provided for Akshan's consultation and treatment at MIOT hospital. They took complete responsibility of his situation and monitored the process closely.

Akshan underwent many procedures at this hospital, including an arterial switch operation. The cost of his treatment was Rs.3,00,000 out of which Rs. 55,000 was arranged by the parents. The rest was raised through Ekam. Akshan has now recovered and is a healthy and happy 9-month old child.


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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
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Periodic Reports
Program Description

Ekam works across multiple interventions in the field of infant mortality. The overarching focus is on the child, specifically infant health.

They have helplines in Chennai and Mumbai. References come through the helpline or from the Regional or Zonal officers as well as for patients in other districts. Sometimes the Hospitals or Ekam's medical committee refer as well.

Once the referral is received, the Patient Welfare Division will verify the patient details by visiting them and checking the medical documents. Along with the documents, the hospital where the child is to be treated also provides a quotation for every individual patient. The report is sent to the medical committee who approves subsidizing the cost of treatment for the patient. The hospital then admits the patient and starts treatment while the bills are paid on credit basis.

Throughout the hospitalization time, Ekam personnel are in touch to ensure that the treatment is completed and the patient is discharged.

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About The NGO

EKAM Foundation
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EKAM Foundation

The foundation of EKAM Foundation lies in the belief that every child has the freedom to live and none should be denied the right to healthcare. Thus, they are committed to the healthcare of neonates, children, adolescents, and mothers from underprivileged communities. Their primary focus is on rural health and they aim to achieve this through direct medical support and indirectly through community awareness, empowerment, and participation.

EKAM intervenes to bring a desired positive impact on the overall life-saving scenario by providing support and enhancing their health through several initiatives. They supplement care at primary health centers, district hospitals, and other tertiary care government hospitals by training nurses, helping in maintaining critical equipment, transporting sick infants to the nearest district hospitals, providing lab test support, drugs and medicines in select government hospitals. In addition to this, several camps, training programs, empowerment workshops are organized to create awareness among adolescent girls, expectant mothers, and the community.

Their mission is to complete the government health system and not replace it. As of last year, EKAM has reached out to over 1.08 million children and as many families through its multi-pronged initiatives.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sai Lakshmi, Founder & Managing Director

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Pediatric care | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

EKAM Foundation has

provided 7000 medical equiments to 6 government hospitals

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2013: NGO Transparency Award

2014: World CSR Congress

2015: Best In supporting and Promoting Small Scale Industries

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Verification Report 3

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 March, 2021

Save little lives from fighting acute diseases


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EKAM foundation is a not-for-profit NGO that works towards proving quality healthcare to needy children and mothers in India. The foundation was started on the basic premise that no child should be denied the right to healthcare. EKAM’s vision is to work for the wellbeing of children and mothers and thereby contribute to a reduction in infant, childhood, adolescent and maternal mortality rates.
Through the last 3 months, our initiatives have enabled us to reach out to around 99 children. Out of which we could able to

  1.    Save 55 children

  2.    Provided Drug support to 7 children

  3.    Long term equipment support for 1 child 

  4.    Provided financial assistance for 21 children for their treatment.

5 August, 2020

Saving lives of new born


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Saving lives of new born

During this period, Ekam had identified 171 children across Tamil Nadu, who were diagnosed with different diseases and disorders like Cardiac problems, Preterm issues, Eye problems, Endocrine disorders, Gastroenterology diseases, etc. The families of these children belonged to ‘below poverty line’ class and were dependent on daily wage works, agriculture etc.
They were thus helpless to afford further treatment. So Ekam supported for their surgeries / treatment with the help of Government Health scheme and Ekam’s financial aid. Now these 171 children have undergone treatment and are doing well.

3 December, 2019

Care and support being provided


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Care and support being provided

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Program Update for the period of Apirl & May 2019

Total children supported in April & May is 26, where total amount spent was Rs 391,393/- Hospitalization – 11 , Medicines – 23 , Equipment – 1 (Totally 26 children supported 35 times).

Program Update for the period of April & May 2019
Through this program we have supported 26 children in April & May 2019, where total amount spent was Rs 391,393/- (Hospitalization – Rs. 210530 for 11 babies, Medicines – Rs. 169063 for 14 babies supported with medicines 23 times , Equipment – Rs. 11,800/- for 1 baby (Totally 26 children supported 35 times).
Treatment completed is – 10, Treatment ongoing – 25 (children those who are getting regular medications support on a monthly basis)
These children were identified and supported from 10 different districts of Tamilnadu.
Our plan through this program to support 20 babies in a month hence we will support 60 babies for the next quarter.

Story from the field

Ms. Chithra delivered a female child at Chengalpattu Medical College and Hospital which is located in Kancheepuram district of Tamilnadu, where the baby has been diagnosed with Extreme Preterm 28 Weeks/ Very Low Birth Weight / Probable Sepsis/ Apnea of Prematurity/ Left Lung Collapse/Anaemia of Prematurity / Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).
Since the baby had multiple complications, the medical team had planned to shift the child to Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital for advanced treatment. Dr.Prakash and his team from Department of Neonatology of SRMC decided to treat the child under HDU (High-dependency unit) with the support of advanced life saving equipment. The baby was getting life saving treatment for the period of 37 days starts from 14/05/2018 to 20/06/2018 and the total cost of the treatment was charged as Rs. 75,424/-
Mr. Adhikesavan, child’s father, works as a house keeper in a private concern and his monthly earnings is Rs. 10,000. Being a sole earning member, was helpless to afford the treatment. Realising their poor situation, Dr.Sathya, Head of Department - Neonatology, Govt. Chengalpattu Government Medical College referred the child to Ekam to support for the financial support. Ekam Foundation did the validation and decided to support the baby’s treatment completely.
With the support of doctors the baby recovered from the disease successfully and got discharged on 20/06/2018. Ekam Foundation paid the hospitalization bill for this baby.
Now Baby Harshini is turned to One Year and growing healthy and living happy with her family.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?305
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date13079
Village/City/State where project is locatedTamilnadu
Total Budget for the project for FY18-192400000
Total Expenses for the project YTD2062235

30 October, 2018

EKAM Foundation's Update


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Program Update

No child should be denied the right to healthcare, under any circumstance - That is the key mantra of Ekam. The thin line between life and death is one which is very often dictated by the availability of resources. Dealing with life threatening illnesses and medical situations in children is a harrowing and daunting experience for any parent. Out of pocket expenditure and the inability to pay for treatment only add to their existing woes, thereby compounding their distress.

The 'Save a Child' program works to reach out to and provide medical support to any child who needs us!! Our team works round the clock to ensure that every child who is referred to us is treated in a caring, respectful environment. We begin by identifying children needing support, facilitating their treatment [Including any expenses] till their discharge, counselling the parents/guardians and following up with the families post discharge to ensure they comply with the doctor's advice.

While always ensuring that the right thing is done for the child; leveraging the existing resources within the public health facilities is Ekam's priority at all times. Effective utilisation of insurance schemes and services provided by the government is one of our key focus areas. In 2017-18, we supported 870 children through the Save a Child project', moving us one step closer to our vision

Story from the field

Baby of Chithra (female) child was born with Extreme Preterm 28 Weeks/ Very Low Birth Weight / Probable Sepsis/ Apnea of Prematurity/ Left Lung Collapse/Anaemia of Prematurity / PDA/Perinatal Depression and treated at Chengalpet Medical College.

Poor infant had multiple complexions and suffered a lot to survive, hence Dr. Sathya - Head of Department of Paediatrics had decided to shift the child to any private hospital to give best treatment to save her life. But the parents were unable to afford the treatment cost since they economically backward. Mr. Athikesavan father of the child works as a house keeper in a private concern and his earning is very low. So he was helpless to afford the treatment cost.Dr Sathya had approached Ekam Foundation and requested to extend our financial support to save this child's life.

Ekam Foundation Helpline team immediately went through the process to shift the child with Ambulance which is fully equipped with life saving materials. Baby of Chitra shifted on 14/05/2018 to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre and admitted to Newborn Intensive Care Unit and undergone the best treatment for the period of 30 days, she got discharged

Now she is healthy and living happy with her family.

Ekam Foundation paid all the expenses incurred during this child's treatment and save her life.

No child should be denied the right to healthcare, under any circumstance

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-191500
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year13000