Karuna Trust

Priya Desai
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 15:34
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Karuna Trust believes affordable, ideally free, universal access to health care is a fundamental right of all Indians; such access is a true testimony to the usefulness of all the economic and technological progress India has made. Karuna Trust has pioneered and implemented a successful Public-Private-Partnership model that helps leverage the government's significant investment in public health care infrastructure by complementing it with a socially committed, not-for-profit but professionally competent management team. The Trust today manages 68 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs) in 8 states – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, Meghalaya and Rajasthan. Through the PHCs it manages, the Trust's 1000+ health care professional – doctors, nurses & staff – are reaching over 1 million people. Karuna Trust views health as an integral part of socio-economic development of a country and appropriate healthcare as an integration of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health services. Primary healthcare must be based on principles of equal distribution and community participation and with an effective referral system. The very idea of primary healthcare is to make health services accessible and available to people universally. It also ensures that the State recognizes that health is multi-faceted and needs a multi-sectoral approach. Traditionally primary healthcare has included building awareness of prevailing health problems, food & nutrition, water & sanitation, maternal & child health and prevention and control of endemic diseases. Now it has expanded in today’s modern times to include lifestyle disorders and general community health. Primary healthcare must ensure community participation in addressing their health needs.
Karuna Trust – Headquarters B.R.Hills, Chamarajanagar – 571441, Karnataka
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