Why does India need health equity?
People living in rural areas of India have limited access to healthcare facilities. Barriers like distance from home and costs make healthcare inaccessible to a majority of the population. To complicate the situation, the gender inequality inherent in certain social practices, such as early marriage, decreased healthcare for women, nutritional deficiencies and selective birth of male children, leaves women particularly vulnerable.
What are we doing to help?
Through VFF, People without resources in rural areas have access to quality healthcare through three general hospitals and 16 clinics. We administer first- and second-line treatment for patients with HIV in collaboration with local governments. In addition, our network of rural nurses travel to remote villages to attend the most isolated populations. Providing nutrition and preventative care can limit disease and health complications, creating a healthy culture in rural India.
VFF hospitals have treated over 3 million individuals, with a special focus on helping women. We support health infrastructure through:
• Three general hospitals with 592 beds in Bathalapalli, Kalyandurg and Kanekal
• Specialized professionals in pediatrics, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious diseases, hospice care, outpatient services, emergency care, ambulance services, and a sliding scale pharmacy that combines both western and eastern technologies
• 16 rural clinics provide healthcare to 2,688 people in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
• 1.9 million children have received specialized pediatric care
• 32,487 people with HIV receive anti-viral medications and continuous care
We travel to rural schools to support families who can’t afford to go to the doctor. We cover a wide array or services, from testing children for anemia, to helping to educate about nutrition or even diagnosing large problems like heart murmurs. In some cases, we help connect families to resources in larger cities.
Our community health workers help new mothers provide the best care for their children in a culturally sensitive way. Our methods are sustainable, because we don't just provide care. We build the capacity of the community through community-based healthcare workers and empowering women.
The largest hospital in the region is operated by VFF. Bathalapalli Hospital produces prosthetics, can reverse club feet, and help fulfill the dreams of those who have lost a limb due to accidents, birth deformities, or disease.
We believe that the greatest way to reduce health care costs is with quality, affordable services. Our sliding scale and free prevention services ensure healthy communities.