Pilots

  • Particulars:   Education program on Colorectal awareness
  • Participating Organizations:  DHAN Foundation & SMILES International Institute of Colo-Proctology
  • Pilot Initiated in:   March 2018
  • Locations:   Mysore District 
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:   Poor awareness on colorectal problems in the community. Many people were identified with early symptoms of colorectal problems. There is a  dire need of providing affordable services to the people and also to ensure that the referral process from the community clinics to the hospital works well.
  • Activities Completed:  35000 booklet distributed within the community through awareness sessions.Organizing the community to be receptive to interventions like these.Field staff orientation completed for Mysore district
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  Early diagnosis and treatment,Reduction in  cancer mortality,Ensure psychological disorders from this ailment are treated
  • Status:  Ongoing
  • Particulars:   Setting up a referral maternity-newborn hospital in Udaipur
  • Participating Organizations:   Fernandez Hospital, Basic Healthcare Services and Kasturba Matri Mandir
  • Pilot Initiated in:  August 2019
  • Locations:  Udaipur 
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Maternal mortality in Udaipur district is high, and access to quality maternal-newborn care is poor
  • Activities Completed:
    • Visit of Fernandez senior management to Udaipur
    • Discussions and negotiations with board of Kasturba Matri Mandir
    • Drafting of initial financials and MOU for the hospital
    • Discussion in BHS board
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  A high quality, low cost, ethical and equitable   maternal-newborn care hospital would be set up in Udaipur over the next year or later. The project will come up in a phased manner.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars:  3 months internship and placement of students @ Fernandez Hospitals
  • Participating Organizations:   Fernandez Hospital and Singaji Educational Society
  • Pilot Initiated in:  June 2019
  • Locations:  Hyderabad
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Singaji Educational Society has students from the tribal and rural areas of Gondwana who are are  studying in the college  in the Biology stream. These students are poor and cannot afford to pay fees for medical/paramedical courses but are interested to pursue a career in the medical field in supporting roles.
  • Activities Completed:
    • 06 students started their training
    • 01 student returned home due to some personal problems
    • Training, food and stay arrangements are provided free of cost by Fernandez Hospital
    • A stipend of Rs.8000/- per month is also being given by the hospital
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  These students once trained will be  able to deliver quality services in the medical field based on the skills they have acquired as a part of this internship. This pilot collaboration is to help foster livelihood opportunities for these students. They are exposed to functioning of a Hospital. This helps them to broaden their horizon and improves their opportunity to get a job.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars:  NABH accreditation of Amrit Clinics
  • Participating Organizations:  Basic HealthCare services & L.V. Prasad Eye Institute
  • Pilot Initiated in:  April 2019
  • Locations:  Udaipur
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Amrit Clinics are nurse-led primary health care clinics based in remote villages of Udaipur. Setting up quality assurance processes that are both practical and beneficial for a set-up of this kind was challenging.  BHS was preparing for the NABH accreditation of these clinics since 2017. Amrit Clinics has experience of ground realities in running such facilities, while LVPEI has the technical expertise in setting up processes, preparing the team and accreditation for a hospital.This pilot gives both parties the opportunity to work on standards to assure the highest quality for primary healthcare centers in India often riddled with resource constraints.
  • Activities Completed:
    • Prepared 9/13 SOPs
    • Regular convening of necessary Infection control and Quality assurance committee meetings, and minuted
    • Applied for all necessary statutory licenses and received acknowledgement- Fire NOC, pharmacy, Clinic establishment, Bio waste management, pollution control board.
    • Finalized infrastructural changes to be made to comply with standards.
    • Collecting and analyzing data for quality indicators on a monthly basis.
    • Started conducting training of clinic team in the SOPs.
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  Amrit Clinics finally certified with NABH
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars:  Providing healthcare support to the poor in DHAN intervention areas
  • Participating Organizations:  DHAN Foundation and Kauvery Hospitals (Hosur & Trichy)
  • Pilot Initiated in:  July 2018
  • Locations:  Tanjore, Krishnagiri & Hosur
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Need for general health screening and spreading awareness on cardiac and cancer problems to the community. Advance stage gynecological problems were observed in women . They had to be motivated to get themselves operated on at earliest
  • Activities Completed:
    • 6 cardiac, cervical and breast cancer screening camps were held
    • 3 general health screening camps were held.
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:
    • Health screening, early identification of diseases  and addressing the problem at highly affordable prices.
    • DHAN field associates will be involved in organizing and educating the community to avail of these health screening camps.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars:  Lactation Counselor Course
  • Participating Organizations:  Fernandez Hospital and SAKSHAM 
  • Pilot Initiated in:  April 2019
  • Locations:  Hyderabad
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Urbanization had led to several mothers moving away from breast feeding, to using various substitutes such as artificial milk/formula milk, animal milk and water, thereby, unknowingly depriving their infants. This deprivation makes infants 15 times more prone to death due to pneumonia and 11 times more prone to death due to diarrhea.  Spread awareness and sensitize women on the importance of lactation.
  • Activities Completed:  Developed training modules and handed over to SAKSHAM
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:Through this course, lactation consultants will be trained and equipped to encourage mothers to breastfeed, provide nutrition advice, provide counseling, along with physical and emotional support to mothers.
  • Status: Complete
  • Particulars:  2 month internship & placement of students @GHRC
  • Participating Organizations: Global Hospital & Research Center and Singaji Educational Society
  • Pilot Initiated in:  July 2019
  • Locations:  GHRC Mount Abu
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Singaji Educational Society has students from the tribal and rural areas of Gondwana who are are  studying in the college  in the Biology stream.These students are poor and cannot afford to pay fees for medical/paramedical courses but are interested to pursue a career in the medical field in supporting roles.
  • Activities Completed: 
    • Training, Food and Stay arrangements provided by GHRC @ Rs.2000/- per month for the students for the duration of internship (2 months)
    • Four students have completed training
    • One returned back and 3 have been offered a job with GHRC @ Rs. 3500/ month
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  These students once trained will be  able to deliver quality services in the medical field based on the skills they have acquired as a part of this internship. This pilot collaboration is to help foster livelihood opportunities for these students. They are exposed to functioning of a Hospital. This helps them to broaden their horizon and improves their opportunity to get jobs.
  • Status: Complete
  • Particulars:  Vision screening of the population in DHAN intervention areas
  • Participating Organizations: DHAN Foundation and  L V Prasad Eye Institute
  • Pilot Initiated in:  March 2018
  • Locations:  Visakhapatnam and Madanapalle
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot: 
    • Poor awareness on eye care in the community
    • Urgency for operating on high prevalence of cataracts within the population
    • Support needed for screening and follow up
    • People need to be provided spectacles and surgeries need to be done at a subsidized cost as they are poor.
  • Activities Completed: 
    • 19 vision screening camps conducted
    • Screened 2660 members screened
  • 248 spectacles were distributed
    • 46 surgeries were completed successfully
  • Desired outcome from the pilot: 
    • Screening and early identification of cases for surgery
    • Provide vision services support at free/ affordable cost for the poor to enable them to come for checkups at  these preventive camps.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars:  Primary Healthcare Initiative
  • Participating Organizations:  Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIMU) and Basic Healthcare Services (BHS)
  • Pilot Initiated in:  August 2019
  • Locations: Salumber block in Udaipur district
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  The rural and tribal belt of Southern Rajasthan is distinctly underserved in terms of availability of and access to health services, low HDI (less than 0.5) and high disease burden (higher than national and state average). Different providers of health services co-exist which includes public health system, private (for-profit and not-for-profit) providers. 

There is significant scope for primary healthcare initiatives to supplement the services of the public health system to contribute to universal coverage of primary healthcare in the country. Therefore, the search for comprehensive, equitable, self-sustained initiatives (with or without partnership with government for primary healthcare) and the endeavour to replicate these primary healthcare models in underserved populations, continues.

The Initiative involves designing, testing and evaluating a primary healthcare model at the block level. It aims to supplement the public health provision by leveraging other ethical providers in region and optimizing community contributions to good quality care.

  • Activities Completed:   
    • Consultation on Financing Primary Healthcare organized on 16 Nov’19 which saw representation from eight organizations from the domains of primary healthcare and financing alongwith thought leaders and academicians from healthcare financing space
    • Visits to DHAN Foundation , Karuna Trust to understand their models
    • Formative qualitative exploration for the Primary Research on payment and demand for primary healthcare services
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  In the chosen block:
    • Increased proportion of rural populations have access to high-quality, responsive healthcare
    • Reduced morbidity and mortality in the families, especially maternal and infant
    • Reduced unmet needs for communicable (especially TB and diarrhea) and non-communicable (especially HT, DM and COPD)
    • Reduced out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare Improvement in positive health behaviors and appropriate care-seeking (especially for key MCH, communicable and non-communicable conditions)
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars: “Critical Care Assistant” certification program @ PEOPLE TREE Hospitals
  • Participating Organizations:  PEOPLE TREE Hospitals and Singaji Educational Society
  • Pilot Initiated in:  July 2019
  • Locations:  PEOPLE TREE Hospitals, Bangalore
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Singaji Educational Society has students from the tribal and rural areas of Gondwana who are are  studying in the college  in the Biology stream.These students are poor and cannot afford to pay fees for medical/paramedical courses but are interested to pursue a career in the medical field in supporting roles.
  • Activities Completed: 
    • 8 students are in training
    • Training, Food and Stay arrangements sponsored free of cost to the students by PT Hospital
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:  The “Critical Care Assistant” certification program has been specially designed by PTH  for SSES students and is for the duration of one year. Thereafter the students will be absorbed by PTH and given full time jobs should they wish to continue.  This certification will also help them get better paying jobs with other hospitals.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars: Women health issues/Health screening camp/Health awareness program
  • Participating Organizations:  DHAN Foundation and PEOPLE TREE Hospitals
  • Pilot Initiated in:  July 2019
  • Locations:  Kudur, Pavagada, Tumkur and Ramanagara 
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Health screening for early diagnosis. Lot of gynecological cases were identified in an advanced stage and needed free of  cost surgeries immediately as the general population is poor in these areas.
  • Activities Completed: 
    • 5 mega camps conducted
    • 3 gynecological camps conducted
    • 1 ortho camp completed
  • Desired outcome from the pilot: Screening and early identification of cases for surgery and other services with affordable rates
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Particulars: Training & placement of students @Dhaatri Mother’s Milk Bank
  • Participating Organizations:  Dhaatri Mother’s Milk Bank and Singaji Educational Society
  • Pilot Initiated in:  July 2019
  • Locations:  Bhopal and Indore
  • Need Observed for undertaking the pilot:  Singaji Educational Society has students from the tribal and rural areas of Gondwana who are are  studying in the college  in the Biology stream.These students are poor and cannot afford to pay fees for medical/paramedical courses but are interested to pursue a career in the medical field in supporting roles.
  • Activities Completed: 
    • 2 girl students joined and completed their training
    • Jobs have been offered to them in the Bhopal and Indore Milk Banks @Rs. 12000/month
  • Desired outcome from the pilot:
    • These students once trained will be  able to deliver quality services in the medical field based on the skills they have acquired as a part of this internship. 
    • This pilot collaboration is to help foster livelihood opportunities for these students. They are exposed to functioning of a MilkBank. This helps them to broaden their horizon and improves their opportunity to get jobs.
  • Status: Complete