While India has made significant progress in science, technology, healthcare & economy, a substantial part remains shrouded in poverty – with very little access to healthcare. There are many reasons; key ones being lack of human resources, access & price barrier and inappropriate technologies. Educating more doctors is necessary; but will not solve the problem of health inequity. Even In states in India where there is no shortage of doctors, the rural/urban imbalance persists. It is another story, why?
Digital health is the way forward.
Our core hypothesis is that formal ‘Capacity-building’ among community youth and their adoption of an array of ‘Innovative technologies’ (software, diagnostic & therapeutic) lie at the heart of a sustainable, scalable solution. The boundary conditions of technology development need to be understood through deep field exposure, involving stakeholders early and encouraging community ownership.
That’s what we do; at “Uday” we take the doctor to the doorstep of the last-mile home (choukathe daktar).
Currently, we are funded by West Bengal’s Department of Science and Technology (WBDST) under the Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development Department (SEED) funding division.
Uday is a small-medium enterprise catering to local health needs. FIH is relatively young—we are constantly growing and are reaching out to the marginalized rural masses.
Currently, we are a full-time team of 10 field workers, 2 program managers, and a governing and mentoring body of 9 members.