Healthcare is Human Right, not a Privilege

Have you ever asked a person in the last phase of life what he seeks the most; for sure he will say it as health. As the famous age-old saying goes – “Health is Wealth” sums up all. For any person to live a full-fledged life, off all the pre-requisites – Health is the main requirement. Today India is one of the most preferred destinations for healthcare due to the low-cost treatment, quality healthcare infrastructure, and availability of highly-skilled doctors. However, on the other hand, data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) indicate that healthcare remains a challenge to many.

The doctor-to-patient ratio remains abysmally low, with merely 0.7 doctors per 1,000 people. This, compared to the World Health Organization (WHO) has an average of 2.5 doctors per 1,000 people. Health is connected to the overall wellbeing of the people, has been hit by various factors like transformations in the climate, availability of resources, quality of existing infrastructure, food growing capacity, and access to healthcare. Although the factors like climate, resources are not under control, providing easy accessibility and quality healthcare can be achieved.

As a citizen, you can aspire for a better quality of life. The unforgiving reality of public health in India is filled with paradoxes and challenges that seem to be insurmountable on the face of it. Statistics suggest that India has only 1.5 hospital beds per 1000 population. Ironically, health tourism is also on the rise, where people from the U.S and U.K visit India because of the relatively low-cost treatment. But the healthcare situation remains worrisome in rural areas, where almost 66 percent of India’s population resides.

India is the second-most in the world as far as TB-related mortality is concerned and has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 2.1 million people living with HIV. About nine percent of the global burden of HIV-associated TB is born in India. Every year 11,000 Indians die due to HIV-associated TB. Despite the free antiretroviral treatment being available, people face difficulty in accessing healthcare clinics.

If India wishes to rise to be one of the superpowers, then quality health care will always be the backbone of the nation. With caring medical infrastructure and easy accessibility to help those in need, we want to create the future of India today. In such a situation, KVS Charitable Trust has taken on this endeavor to address the problems of quality health care, easy access, and availability of primary healthcare with a special focus on children in urban slums and rural areas.

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