Nandini and Raja are young Indian entrepreneurs who quit their 15 year old careers in Human Resources and Law, and stepped into the world of healthcare. They started with a simple concept of providing doctor on call services in their hometown of Kolkata India, where they soon had 190 doctors ready for home consultations for a city of 5 million; Gradually people across the borders from Africa and Middle East started reaching out for help.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated in 1985 that Zimbabwe’s health system was ‘amongst the best in the developing world’. 30 years later, healthcare in Zimbabwe has broken down. Healthcare facilities are running below 30% of their capability, with chronic shortages of drugs and medical staff.
The collapse of the country’s once vibrant health sector has left millions of Zimbabweans grappling with serious medical conditions requiring specialist treatment. Zimbabwe has 1,6 doctors for every 10 000 people. The paucity of medical staff is also reflected in the number of specialist doctors. The country has four neurosurgeons, two heart surgeons, and three dermatologists
While many specialists have left in the country in pursuit of the proverbial greener pastures, the few who remained charged exorbitant prices that many could not afford. With a per capita GDP of $600, the third lowest in the world and the average wage of $253 a month—and that’s for the 30 percent of the population who are employed, these prices are a major challenge.
It’s a different and yet similar story in Iraq. Hospitals and other medical facilities have been seriously hampered by the ongoing conflict with the number of migrant population contributing to huge pressure on the medical system. In 2011, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Iraq had 7.8 doctors per 10,000 people.
Vaidyaas hospital partners travelled to Baghdad and visited the Iraqi Red Crescent Hospitals, the surgical hospital and the maternity hospitals. Both establishments are in dire need of doctors, especially surgeons especially for those cases where they have the necessary equipment. Other specialities require instrumentation which the IRCS simply cannot afford in the ongoing humanitarian crisis and those cases need to be referred to countries like India. Operating tables in many Baghdad hospitals are in dismal condition while hospitals attempt to function without necessary funding, equipment and medicine
Afghanistan today suffers from one of the worst health crises in the world. Years of war and civil strife have left behind enormous poverty & a crumbling infrastructure. Much of the Afghan population lacks access to basic medical care. There is a critical shortage of healthcare workers. Facilities are in urgent need of restoration, and there are inadequate supplies of medicines, vaccines and equipment. Medical infrastructure is a challenge. They don’t have CT scans, or MRIs; there are no dialysis facilities at hospitals in the country.
In Bangladesh the tertiary healthcare infrastructure in Bangladesh is still in nascent stage and therefore for high end medical procedure patients need to go to outside the country. High costs, poor quality of healthcare service delivery and lack or non-availability of speciality medical treatment and medical facilities drive millions to India in search of better treatment. Doctor training, nurse and paramedic training are also areas where private hospitals and looking for collaborations with partners in India.
Vaidyaa has a roster of 190 doctors rostered with them, and are trying to provide alternate options in healthcare.
What they provide are a few select medical services.
- Provide online medical consultation with doctors in India
- Conduct surgical camps with teams of surgeons who travel from India and conduct batches of surgeries where infrastructure is available
- Support Continuing Medical Education trainings for doctors
- Support patients who want to come to India for medical treatment with the quality and cost advantages over their home countries.
To do all of this effectively they need funds and are launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on the 14th of March on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
The crowdfunding campaign will help them set up online consultation hubs in various cities in Africa. For this they need space, computers, internet and translators in various countries. It will help subsidise tickets for doctors to travel for training programs or for surgeons and their teams to go to other countries and conduct a few lifesaving surgeries at subsidised costs. It will also help them conduct nurses training programs, and paramedical training.
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