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About FIH

Welcome to “Foundation for Innovations in Health” (FIH), a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to mitigate Multi-Dimensional Poverty (MDP) and build rural resilience, through twin interventions in employment-oriented education and data-driven, evidence-based primary healthcare.

FIH leverages democratisation of frugal innovations in healthtech to achieve its objectives; and has formed multiple collaborations with leading Science & Technology institutions in India and abroad, including IIT Kharagpur and IIT Guwahati.

Founded in 2013 by Prof. (Dr.) Satadal Saha MS, FRCS (Eng.) & his colleagues, FIH is mentored by Prof. Amitabha Ghosh, Emeritus Scientist, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi & Former Director, IIT Kharagpur. It is governed by eminent personalities from a wide range of expertise; and operated by domain experts in science, education, technology and their societal interfaces; the guiding and shared philosophy being “Health for a Billion”.


We will address income and health inequity that is adversely affecting the underserved population.


We will achieve this through building an integrated 3T model - Training & education of rural youth, Task- shifting from doctors, Technologies that are frugal and deep-science driven.

From Silo to System

FIH has built an integrated, interdisciplinary, data & technology-driven model (3T model) to address the twin burdens of income and health inequity in the society.

Unemployment is No. 1 challenge in India today. FIH specializes in training of health human resources from among rural youth (predominantly women and disadvantaged rural youth) across multiple states in India and has placed thousands of youths in stable formal employment in the skill-strapped health sector.

50% of the world’s population do not have access to affordable, evidence-based and equitable primary healthcare, leading to burgeoning disease burden in the society and accompanying economic and social misery. FIH has developed a ‘digital’ model of community-owned primary care delivery suitable for resource-poor areas. Thousands of patients living across remote and fragile geographies have this model as their only access to healthcare.

Increasing household income through stable employment and Reducing healthcare expense through earlier detection and management; all of it enabled through Technology innovation that allows task-shifting from doctors to community health workers – this is at the heart of the 3T model. This “system transformation” approach contributes to sustainability, scalability and replicability, thus making it a ‘fit-for-purpose’ solution for global application.



Rural youth as health workers




Frugal Innovation - data and devices

Data-driven healthcare - decision-support software

Frugal easy-to-use devises adoption and affordability



Doctors to Community Health Workers

Reduces doctor's-

Time per patient

Frequent travel

Evidence-based medicine