Country of Operation
- Sustainable Innovations Inc.For-profit
SummaryArogya builds local social enterprises to deliver pediatric triage services at home. These enterprises are owned by trained local youth (girls and boys). They go door to door delivering care for common ailments and preventable diseases and testing for hearing and vision.
This program aims to deliver pediatric care to 24,000 children and enable 100 girls and boys to set up their own pediatric enterprises. Arogya adopts pioneering technologies for rural villages; reduces cost of delivery by 93%; and builds a health data repository that may grow to 5 million data elements. The repository is expected to generate revenue to pay return to investors and to defray costs.
Key program components
Sustainable Innovations (SI) trains staff members and those of partnering NGO. Staff training consists of triage protocols, IT, patient communications, social norms, and government compliance. These staff members, in turn, trains young people called Panna. (Panna was a 16th century nursemaid.) Pannas deliver care to children at their homes. The care addresses common ailments, preventable diseases, hearing, and vision testing. Pannas are social entrepreneurs—they own their care delivery enterprises and are not SI employees. SI supports them with financial, intellectual, and managerial capital. Specifically, SI provides mobile platforms and diagnostic devices (financial capital); software licenses (intellectual capital) and operational expertise (managerial capital).
Pannas carry mobile platforms called kiosks with medical protocols for common ailments and preventable diseases. These kiosks will capture clinical information, such as vitals, patient history, medication, diagnostics, drug names, and manufacturer's name, as well as demographics such as name, age, or other relevant data.
Donor grants help Sustainable Innovations demonstrate feasibility with the end goal of securing National Rural Health Mission's participation to rollout Arogya in all 40,000 villages of Rajasthan as a public-private partnership. This program is working with private sector pediatricians to create pediatric electronic medical records and to shorten time in reaching healthcare.
This program is currently serving people in 15 villages, with a goal of reaching 50 villages by the end of 2014.