The World Health Organization estimates that every year150 million people suffer severe financial hardships because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets. 100 million are pushed into poverty as a result. The statistics are even more intimidating in developing economies like India where the overarching goal of universal health coverage remains a pipe-dream and the risks from disability and chronic illnesses are exacerbated by poverty and other forms of structural inequalities. Health disparities have only worsened in recent years.
SAPNA’s health related interventions began in 2004 through a gamut of patient-focused initiatives at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Helping the disadvantaged navigate the complexities of the hospital ecosystem, providing resources for diagnostic, surgical and post-surgical procedures, addressing evidence-based nutritional needs, and giving assistance during discharge and recovery are areas that are being handled by SAPNA. We also provide food and counselling services to the family members of patients at the Safdarjung and the Rajgarhia AIIMS dharamshalas.
Our team of experienced and trained social professionals work on the frontline of care, engaging with patients and their caregivers, educating them about their chronic, severe health conditions, counselling them, and connecting them with appropriate resources and services. We have supported prostatectomy, hernia repair, mastectomy, cholecystectomy, coronary artery bypass and a variety of cancer cases, but our core focus has been on cases with chronic renal failure or impairment, needing sustained dialysis and transplant. In 2019-20, our team helped 1140 patients access the out-patient services, supported 105 surgeries and 217 chronic renal cases, donated more than 200 wheelchairs and walkers, ferried 241 recovered people home and handled 26 cremations. We also organized blood-donation camps in partnership with Blood Connect-an organization steered by the students of IIT.
Social Worker: Poonam :(9599816431), Anil :(9999759625)