Ensuring universal access to public and private healthcare services for our rural communities.

At the Swades Foundation, we create and empower a strong cadre of community health workers whom we call ‘Swades Mitras’ They serve as important links between community and various public and private health facilities besides providing paramedical aid to the villagers. We also collaborate with the Government and private frontline health personnel including doctors, ASHA workers, Aganwadis workers and ANMs for last mile delivery of health and nutrition services.

OUR IMPACT

Community Health Workers

1,056

highly trained Swades Mitras (SM) serving a population of close to

3,71,000

in India

Vision Care

2,71,704

people screened and

63,393

provided spectacles free of cost

12,119

cataract surgeries

Children with Special Needs

348

provided with a visual aid and

135

supported surgeries

Anaemia Care

37,413

children screened & tested

6,194

completed medication cycle

5,028

shown positive change

Cardiac Care

112

children supported for operation

Update as of 29th Sept 18

PROGRAMMES

PEDIATRIC CARDIAC CARE

Congenital heart disorders if identified on time reduces physical and mental suffering for the victims and their families. We identify and provide complete diagnostic support to children aged 1 to 18 years suffering from a cardiac disorder in our rural communities. Those in need of surgeries are linked to our partner hospitals for end-to-end treatment free of cost.

VISION CARE

We have three mobile vans which are fully equipped for diagnostic screening of eye defects by ophthalmologists. We conduct screening, identification and advise on necessary treatments for eye diseases in these vans. Those identified with refractive errors are given spectacles free of cost whereas those diagnosed with cataract are accompanied to our partner hospitals Laxmi Charitable Trust and HV Desai Eye Hospital for free surgery.

ANAEMIA ALLEVIATION

Our goal is to ensure an anemia-free geography for which we do preliminary pricking and screening of hemoglobin levels among students. We then link with the Government mechanism to administer right doses to these children and conduct various awareness building programs for students, teachers, and parents so they adapt and influence others in the community on the causes and repercussions of iron deficiency.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

We look after cases of low vision among children with special needs and provide for their cost-free treatment. Our field support not only identifies and accompanies them for treatments but also conduct regular follow-ups to overcome any inconsistency as advised in treatment.

4-year-old Lavanya Laxman Sutar from a small village Sutarali in Tala block was suffering from a congenital cardiac disorder


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