Need

    Studies have shown that maternal and infant deaths can be attributed to many factors including extreme poverty. The costs associated with getting tests required for diagnosis of illness and for treatments, force such low-income families to make tough choices and decisions. Frequently, these sick patients skip treatments altogether, resulting in their illness getting worse and can lead to death.

    Approach

    Ekam subsidizes the cost of treatment and lab tests for patients who cannot afford it.
    Ekam’s staff and network first helps identify patients in need who are unable to pay for these medical services. The organization then helps subsidize the costs of the services which are completely free to the patient. This is especially important during the COVID pandemic, to identify children requiring advanced care early enough to prevent serious disease, disability and death.

    Ekam also organizes free health camp services. The health camps provide free medical consultations and treatment. These services help make a difference by enabling access to health care services for the poor and needy. Ekam works at the ground level, with local volunteers who can connect with the villagers, to dispel myths about health and nutrition, thus strengthening mothers and resulting in healthy babies being born. This will save funds for better use than trying to save one child at a time.

    Ekam surveys hospitals all across the state of Tamil Nadu for immediate needs and supports them by providing the necessary life-saving equipment and daily needs like gloves, PPE, IV stands, pulse oximeters, etc.

    Outcome

    Ekam also organizes free health camp services. The health camps provide free medical consultations and treatment. These services help make a difference by enabling access to health care services for the poor and needy. Ekam works at the ground level, with local volunteers who can connect with the villagers, to dispel myths about health and nutrition, thus strengthening mothers and resulting in healthy babies being born. This will save funds for better use than trying to save one child at a time.

    Ekam surveys hospitals all across the state of Tamil Nadu for immediate needs and supports them by providing the necessary life-saving equipment and daily needs like gloves, PPE, IV stands, pulse oximeters, etc.