The rural health statistics of Karnataka reveal that the doctor-patient ratio is an alarming 1:90,000. This means that there are huge gaps to be filled in the healthcare sector, for which all stakeholders need to contribute their bit, including the civil society and NGOs. Maya Health is one such organization that has stepped up to create a healthcare ecosystem for women in the marginalized communities in Karnataka.
Many families rush to the doctor only when someone falls gravely ill. Many do not even know that they have diabetes or hypertension. Regular health check-ups is a far-off reality in these villages. Another obstacle is that of lack of openness and comfort even if doctors from the city visit them. This is where the interventions of organizations like Maya Health help!
Maya Heath is providing essential healthcare services to the residents by giving women communities in Karnataka an opportunity to become entrepreneurs and improve the community health. This initiative not only addresses the issue of scarce employment opportunities for women in the are, but also engages young girls in doing good for the society.
The organization has also partnered with Accenture to create a health navigator application for the rural workers. This App helps monitor and record basic health stats and pararemeters such as blood sugar and blood pressure.
We need more grassroots initiative like this in the Indian healthcare system to overhaul the quality of service delivery and ensure access at all levels!