GIFT will fund and support unique patient service initiatives aimed at reaching out to the poor and under developed areas. In India, nearly 70% of the population lives in rural areas where the access to health care services is very poor with the estimated number of health care workers and physicians at 11.8 and 3.9 per 10,000 respectively. The public health sector alone cannot cope with this burden and it is the responsibility of the health care industry to reach out and serve those in need. The Rural Health Care Project is one such initiative wherein a bus was converted into a mobile endoscopy unit with facilities for screening for cancers with endoscopy, blood test and ultrasound. This mobile endoscopy along with technician and physician travels to the rural area. Over the course of five years the rural health project served 4,837 villages covering over 10 million people.
Rural Health Care Project
The Rural Health Care Project over the past 5 years has demonstrated the ability to make endoscopy mobile to serve health-care deprived impoverished rural dwellers. In the near future, it could even be possible to add new technologies like image enhanced endoscopy and perform advanced therapeutic procedures like endoscopic mucosal resection in the mobile endoscopy units. Our ultimate goal is to cover entire India.