Rural India has been facing severe issues when it comes to medical healthcare. Be it financial constraints or little transportation access or lesser knowledge, rural communities always lags far behind to avail the medical facilities. Looking to current COVID scenarios, the rural sector of India demands more health services than urban.
That’s when Aahwahan Foundation came into action with its initiative - 'Health on Wheels'. A mobile van hospital service that made healthcare available to the region that has less or no access to such kind of healthcare facilities. Be it the slums of Karnataka or rural areas, the foundation has reached and aided thousands of people. Within this program, a van with medical kits and professional doctors travels to different rural regions to help people who are unable to afford fees for private hospitals.
Powered by INFINERA CSR India, an established operator in transport networking, Aahwahan Foundation was able to launch the 'Health on Wheels' campaign to provide free medical facilities to rural India. The team of Infinera CSR has offered support and assistance to Foundation’s various projects like School development, and Food for hunger. It has and always sought out strategies that could contribute to uplift the society.
Braja Kishore Pradhan, Founder, Aahwahan Foundation commented, “With the cooperation of INFINERA CSR India, we are delivering a free door-to-door medical service across India. Currently, we have seven operational mobile hospital vans facilitated with all necessary healthcare and medical equipment. The van provides professional medical treatment, consulting, tests including blood tests, ECG, etc and medicines. Each mobile hospital van caters to the needs of around 4,000 slum people every month.
Further adding to this he said that “Mostly rural people are unable to avail medical facilities due to lack of funds. Thus, keeping this in mind we have a wide range of doctors, including general physicians, paediatricians, gynaecologists, and skin specialists. We visit villages on weekly basis and provide necessary consultancy and treatment.”
This program helps villagers to understand the significance of personal hygiene and sanitation. Also creating awareness among the women of the rural section about pre & post-pregnancy healthcare. The NGO has successfully assisted in 33 delivery cases during COVID.