APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Wockhardt Foundation aims to launch 1000 mobile medical vans in rural areas that are currently devoid of adequate primary healthcare facilities. Every mobile medical van will be equipped with a doctor, driver and a van coordinator along with the necessary medicines and diagnostic kits. Wockhardt Foundation will take assistance from its parent company Wockhardt Ltd, which is a pharmaceutical company that has its presence in most parts of the country, towards the recruitment of doctors. The recruitment process will include a medical test, aptitude test and a personal interview for the doctor. The van coordinator will send a daily report of operations to the head office in Mumbai. These vans will be launched in areas that are low on Human Development Index (HDI), a geographic study and research is carried out by Wockhardt Foundation while launching the van. The next fleet of Mobile medical vans will be launched in Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar, Rangareddy, Kurnool, Medak, Anantapur, Nizamabad and Khamam district in Andhra Pradesh. The project will implement a track and trace methodology with GPS technology. The GPS technology gives live tracking of the van while it is traveling as well as when it halts to check patients in the villages. It will also send alerts if the van diverts from its set route. A monthly donor report of the van operations will be sent to the donor.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Wockhardt Foundation aims to operate 1000 Mobile Medical Vans in rural India. The implementation of these vans would be spanned across a period of 5 years and in different phases. On an average Wockhardt Foundation aims to launch 200 vans per year. The vans would be launched in collaboration with different state governments, public sector undertaking (PSU) companies and private companies. The 1000 vans would provide primary health care to 25 million Indians in rural areas. The van is launched in a period of 60 days after signing a MoU with the funding partner.
Healthcare delivery in India is abysmally poor, some statistics taken from the National Rural Health Mission Report that reflect this include:
- Rural Health Centers are critically short of trained medical personnel.
- 8% Primary Health Centers (PHC) do not have doctors.
- 39 % PHCs do not have lab technicians.
- 18% PHCs do not have a pharmacist.
- 75% graduate doctors live in urban areas, serving only 28% of the population.
Mobile Medical Vans are the best and the most viable solution as they take the primary medical aid to the doorstep of villagers who are deprived of these facilities and have to travel many miles to get them. This commitment addresses the dire health needs of rural India.