India is the second most populous country in the world – home to 1.21 billion people, 68 percent of whom live in rural communities. Apart from the nation’s burgeoning population, many factors such as economic disparity, poor implementation of public health programmes, lack of awareness and gender inequality add to its already overburdened health care system. India also faces gross inequity in health care delivery – 72 percent of India’s rural population has access to just one-third of the country’s available hospital beds while 28 percent of urban population has access to 66 percent of the beds.
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation is committed to improving this situation by adopting a two-pronged approach – partnering with public, private hospitals and grass-roots level organisations to strengthen health care systems, and carrying out public health interventions. The Foundation’s support helps to build capabilities, infrastructure and community outreach programmes.