Last mile access to healthcare
The Ekal resource network connects community health workers and doctors to people in remote villages through telemedicine and in-person care. Classes raise awareness about preventative health measures and healthy lifestyle and hygiene practices.
Ekal Healthcare is active in 1710 remote villages around India.
Remote villagers have access to healthcare
Villages have a healthcare program
Villages have telemedicine available
Ekal healthcare is building the foundation for a robust health system in rural areas that have never before had viable access to healthcare.
The Ekal Healthcare program trains local women as community health workers to provide on-the-ground resources, doing preliminary work and connecting patients to remote doctors via telemedicine. Arogya Sevikas charge affordable costs for their services encouraging women to become healthcare entrepreneurs.
Providing in-depth trainings on filtered drinking water, safe disposal of degradable waste, healthy hygiene practices, and preventing the spread of water-borne diseases
Monitoring women’s hemoglobin, counseling women on healthy nutrition, providing anemic patients with iron pills, and connecting patients to treatment when necessary
Connecting sick patients to remote doctors for prescriptions and treatment
Encouraging the use of sanitary napkins and providing information on family planning
Stressing the importance of vaccinations and helping villagers access government-provided vaccinations
Providing information on common diseases and planting medicinal herbs to cure common ailments
Preventing malnutrition through education and planting nutritious family gardens
Connecting people in villages to innovative treatments and surgeries for eye-related problems Providing free eyeglasses to communities
Preventive healthcare administered by local women and men not only provides people with last mile care; it promotes wellness for a long-term, lasting impact.
Within three years, the program has driven powerful results:
After joining Ekal as a volunteer in 2015, Chandaa became inspired by the vision of village empowerment. She started a small business with her brother, selling organic toothpaste to prevent gum disease. Their product has become widely successful, expanding throughout Uttar Pradesh and employing 25 people.
Launched a village cleanliness campaign
A five-person team of Arogya workers led a week-long health campaign in Udaipur. They cleaned the roads and streets, conducted trainings on waste disposal through soak pits and waste pits, and wrote health slogans on walls to promote wellness.