According to a survey 78% of Indians stay in rural areas with only 2% of human resources deployed in healthcare. Moreover, 80% of health care expenses is beyond the reach of villagers. In the absence of any organised modern medical facilities, the rural poor fall victim to under qualified doctors in the vicinity of their homes, who extract large sums of money for even basic treatment. The only other alternative available is to travel to private hospitals located in urban areas, an activity which is both tedious and expensive. It is the gap in the availability of low cost primary health care that our innovation is striving to address.
Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF) with its unique model of philanthropy aims to set up primary health care centres in the remotest areas of the country, providing OPD facilities as well as medication to the low income, hard to reach population in India.
Till date we have served over 1.7 million patients through 17 centres in 8 different districts of West Bengal .
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.
A case study on Rural Health Care Foundation is published by Harvard Business School that can can viewed http://www.thecasecentre.org/main/search/results?s=580A347EC19C48BC75459DB01D60951E.