The local healthcare ecosystem comprises of a number of players namely the central and state government, local government, private healthcare providers and non-government organisations. The Government, who is the largest actor in this space has been unable to keep up with the ever expanding needs of the population.
Today in India, health indicators continue to lag. Outcome indicators such as infant mortality rate and life expectancy continue to fall. Healthcare spend is not growing at the same pace as GDP. According to the WHO National Health Account, India’s healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP has reduced from 4.4 % in 2000 to 4.0% in 2010. While infrastructure gaps continue to remain substantial , underutilisation of resources is a persisten challenge.
Today the total number of trained allopathic doctors and nurses in the country lags behind the WHO benchmark of 2.5 doctors per 1,000 population at 2.2 per 1,000 people. Despite the scarcity of person, the problem of underutilisation exits.
We at AIFO work towards up-skilling and training local government health care workers – such as ASHA workers, AYUSH doctors , local medical practitioners including doctors and nurses as well as healthcare staff working for Non-Governmental Organizations . By training existing staff , we ensure that new cases of leprosy are correctly diagnosed , treatment regimens are fully developed and executed for persons suffering from leprosy and related disability.
In addition staff from private hospitals also participate in training and up-skilling their staff to attend to the requirements of local healthcare staff.