2. Community governance
- Bala Arogya Suraksha (BAS) project – working on the preventive and promotive areas in health care, with community participation and Prajna Knowledge, Research and Teaching Institute (PKRTI)for knowledge transfer.
- This area focuses on screening the children in slums, Government schools, orphanages, etc. through the existing public/ school screening programs or wellness checks and providing end-to-end care to children that need further treatment. For e.g., if a child is noted to have heart disease requiring surgery, as were 115 children that were identified by such programs until now, the norm was to tell the parents of the child to get surgery done. The program had no responsibility or access to provide the child with the necessary treatment. Ekam fills the gap in such cases by researching the available options of public funds or private funds that could service the child. These 115 children were successfully treated with surgery by identifying Government funding programs at public hospitals, with minimal cost to Ekam. When necessary, private hospitals were used, but at a significant discount provided to Ekam due to networking.
- Another focus of this program is to build a fool proof organizational structure that extends to the grassroots level- at the city, district, taluk, panchayat and village levels – which would facilitate effective transmission of information to everyone, such as kitchen garden, community cleanliness, etc. This makes the community and every individual in the community take responsibility for their health through their own actions, through education and awareness, rather than just accepting help offered by others. This will also improve maternal health- healthy mothers giving birth to healthy babies.Due to the work done by Ekam until now, it has been recognized by the Government and officials at all levels, with due support provided where needed.
3.Research and Development–
- Advocacy of policy recommendations to the public health system, monitors and suggestive corrective measures for ongoing programs of Ekam. This would assist in measuring the efficacy of current programs and changing the dynamics of health care as needed.
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