Need for Healthcare NGO in India

Published: 05th July 2011
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The slums of India are the breeding grounds of diseases with poor sanitation facility and dread living space. Healthcare programs from NGOs, saves the day.

"Fixing our healthcare system as a whole is our primary challenge, and to make it happen you need to get engaged – to pound the pavement, get your hands dirty, endure real sacrifice, take on antiquated thinking and help lead the public debate."

~~Senator John Kerry

India is a developing nation, where 50% of the population live in urban areas, but in an adverse living condition due to poor infrastructure and lack of healthcare facilities. The slums in India are the breeding grounds for diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, meningitis, whooping cough, diarrhoea and intestinal worm. High density of dwellings and lack of internal roads cause poor accessibility of emergency and life saving services. Higher morbidity and mortality due to accidents add to the woes.

Over the years, Indian government has been struggling to provide health care facilities to the exploding population, and even charitable institutions have been contributing significantly towards the healthcare of the Indian population, sadly, the situation remains far from encouraging, even today.

With passage of time, NGOs have mushroomed to extend the healthcare facilities to the unprivileged sections of the Indian society, with a focus on Maternal and Child welfare programs. Their motivation, dedication and sympathy towards the weaker sections of the society have won them merit and acknowledgement from the Indian government. Subsequently, the National Health Policy created in 2002, encourages the involvement of NGOs in implementing healthcare programmes.

Today, the role of an NGO is multifarious, in addition to discussing socio-economic and environmental factors contributing to poor health; it undertakes the reforming of healthcare policies and implementing the new strategies. However, their primary role is to act as a catalyst between the local initiative and community participation in the improvement of quality of life, as a whole. Their civic objective includes spreading healthcare awareness amongst the public, especially the downtrodden, while providing free healthcare facilities through medical camps.

The activities undertaken by NGOs to eradicate disease and improve maternal and child health includes Zero Waste Management, monitoring waterways for drinkable water and improving community sanitation.

NGOs are working diligently on AIDS awareness programs, providing support, counselling and free medicines to the infected individuals. Utilizing the latest media technology, they are educating the public on this fatal disease and to respect the dignity of HIV infected people.

Maternal and Child Health Services compose an essential division of the family welfare programmes and occupy an important position in the socio economic development planning. The government sponsored immunization schemes are actively promoted and distributed by NGOs, thus, helping to eradicate diseases like polio, diphtheria, measles and whooping cough. Expecting women and mothers are taught the importance of nutritious diet especially involving iron and vitamin A, and how to treat children below the age of five during an epidemic. NGOs are playing a vital role in liberating children from common communicable diseases, and improving life expectancy.

If you have time, you can offer your support for specific NGO community projects in India on TKF online.

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