Health & Family Welfare

Health & Family Welfare

Ramaanya Foundation works towards providing better access to health care facilities to the marginalised and vulnerable sections of society. In order to accomplish this, the Foundation partners with Public and Private Institutions and Civil Society Organisations that carry out public health interventions.

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.

Ramaanya 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.

Strengthening Health Systems

Strengthening health systems is a vital step needed to overcome India’s current health care challenges. One of the key steps in this direction is the identification and implementation of a change in the policies and practices of the country’s health system. It also includes initiatives and strategies that boost the functions of the health system, leading to better facilities through improvements in access, coverage, quality, or efficiency.

Ramaanya Foundation works towards strengthening health systems using a systematic, evidence-based approach designed to bring about a significant improvement in patient and population health outcomes (particularly among the poor), efficiency and effectiveness of systems and processes of care, as well as social responsiveness and accountability.

Public Health Interventions

Health improvements in India, while significant, have not kept up with the rapid economic growth rate. The poor in India face high out-of-pocket payments for health care, a significant burden of infectious diseases, and a rapidly increasing burden of non-communicable diseases. Inadequate nutrient intake, poverty, caste discrimination, gender inequality and lack of access to social determinants of health contribute to a host of public health problems. As a step towards bridging this gap, Ramaanya Foundation supports an array of public health interventions.