HelpAge India Expands Mobile Healthcare Program
With assistance from the Mindtree Foundation, the CSR division of the multinational technology consulting and services company Mindtree, HelpAge India, a non-governmental organization that serves the needs of elderly people in need, today announced the opening of three Mobile Healthcare Units (MHUs) in Telangana and western Uttar Pradesh. The MHUs will offer elderly people in need of healthcare at their doorstep. They will be staffed with doctors, pharmacists, and social workers.
The largest mobile healthcare programme in Asia is administered by HelpAge. The MHU network of HelpAge India now has 166 members in all, thanks to these additions. Over 4 lakh underprivileged elders and their communities receive medical assistance and treatment each year from the MHUs. An extra 30 sites would be served by the new fleet of MHUs, bringing the total number of locations served to over 2000 across 22 states.
“According to Rohit Prasad, CEO of HelpAge India, the majority of older people cannot afford even basic healthcare. “The nearest primary healthcare facility is frequently located far from many people’s homes, especially those in isolated areas. By virtually bringing healthcare to the elderly, our mobile healthcare initiative seeks to close this gap. Our elderly are now more vulnerable than they were before Covid. Therefore, it is imperative to make efforts to ensure that our elderly receive the crucial healthcare support they require. We appreciate Mindtree Foundation’s assistance in helping us reach the underserved, underprivileged elderly and their communities in Telangana and western Uttar Pradesh with this last-mile service.
Four MHUs have been run by HelpAge in the Noida and Greater Noida areas. Its medical personnel have been working hard during the pandemic, through the numerous lockdowns, during which it was impossible for seniors, the majority of whom had chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and blood pressure, to access medical shops.
The mobile healthcare initiative from HelpAge India keeps elderly people in need from waiting in huge lines at hospitals and also saves them money on transportation and medication. The NGO offers free medication each month with the help of supporters like the Mindtree Foundation. The NGO also gives each client a personal health card with a record of their medical care.
Through these MHUs, HelpAge offers free medical care and medication as well as basic diagnostics, doctor home visits (for patients who are bedridden), and counselling for patients, the aged, family members, and caregivers.