GiveIndia, India’s premier online donation platform that enables donors to support a cause of their choice from over 150 credible Indian NGOs, held its annual Signature Workshop on Sustainable and Affordable Healthcare in India on Friday, April 12. At the workshop, Dr. Devi P Shetty- Philanthropist and Founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya, Mr. S Ramadorai – Vice-Chairman of TCS and Chairman of SRCC, Dr. R.V Ramani – Founder of Sankara Eye Care and Mr. R Sundar – Philanthropist, Co-Founder and ED, Mastek shared their vision for healthcare services in India and insights from their own organisation’s successful models.
Given the inadequacy of affordable healthcare in India, GiveIndia hosted this workshop to generate awareness about the current scenario and present an initiative to launch one of India’s largest pediatric hospitals in Mumbai. The Signature Workshop was held for GiveIndia’s First Givers Club, that consists of high net-worth individuals who donate over Rs 5 lakhs per annum towards different causes. A project started by SRCC (Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children) in Mumbai, the pediatric hospital under the management of Narayana Hrudayalaya, aims at meeting critical-care of children while offering them a sense of warmth and care.
The vision of this super specialty hospital is to be one of world’s finest children’s hospitals, providing affordable, but quality healthcare services.
The Signature Workshop started with Dr. Devi P Shetty sharing Narayana Hrudayalaya’s success in providing affordable healthcare including conceptualisation of the Yeshavini micro health insurance scheme in Karnataka. Mr S Ramadorai discussed how the new paediatric hospital will fill the gap of specialised childcare services in Mumbai, given that there are only 5 dedicated paediatric hospitals in India. Dr. R.V Ramani also presented the model followed at Sankara Eye Care that has helped them provide 1000000 free eye surgeries and achieved a mark of donation of two pairs of eyes in a day. The workshop concluded with Mr. R Sundar, Co-founder and ED – Mastek expressing his happiness on his association with Sankara Eye Foundation and success in raising funds for the visually challenged.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ramadorai said, “We are looking at taking care of 10,000-12,000 children per year in this super specialty hospital as inpatients and approximately 100,000 children per year in the outpatient department.”
Mr. Dhaval Udani, CEO – GiveIndia, said, “As a philanthropy exchange, we extend our complete support to the initiatives of SRCC and Sankara Eye Care by connecting our donors to the cause and enabling meaningful dialogue with evolved philanthropists present here today, to create a significant impact in the healthcare sector in India.”
GiveIndia is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to helping people support a cause of their choice from approximately 150 NGOs. It’s a “philanthropy exchange” that does a thorough due diligence on NGOs of a wide range of causes (viz. children, education, environment, health, human rights, employment, disability, elderly, women, and youth) and lists them on www.GiveIndia.org for the public to choose and donate to. Founded by Venkat Krishnan N in 2000, GiveIndia was launched with a mission to create a culture of giving in India. It has three primary fundraising models – Payroll Giving Program, Online and Retail giving and HNI Giving.
About First Givers Club
First Givers Club was founded in 2010 with the aim of building a unique and enriching platform of people looking to make a significant contribution to development in India. First Givers Club intends to facilitate the creation of a platform that will enable a meaningful dialogue through a consistent process of shared inputs and suggestions leading to a step change in philanthropy. Through an annual summit and special events/seminars in the year, members have a continuous opportunity to learn and interact with experienced philanthropists, dynamic social entrepreneurs and leading policy makers in the field.