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The Parents Guidance Centre (PGC) at the Gelukspan District Hospital is a “University of Life”, set up in one of the poorest rural areas of the country. The aim is to challenge misperceptions around disability, and empower youth and adults through counselling, therapy, and vocational training.

The program is the winner of the Transforming the System From the Inside Out Award at the 2014 Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit.

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HCG Enterprises is the Largest Cancer Care Network in South Asia with 15 centers across India and Sri Lanka. It treats 28,000 new patients every year. It is a successful physician-led initiative with over 350 doctors being empaneled as partners.

Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya is situated in Chitrakoot, a remote area bordering Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh characterized by a lack of health care providers. Despite this, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalava performs the highest number of eye surgeries in the country. The unique aspect of this hospital model is that even though 50 percent of its services are provided at free or subsidized rates, the hospital is viable and able to sustain its growth.

Dr.Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre (DMDSC) is one of India’s leading diabetes care providers offering comprehensive diabetic services. The unique selling point of DMDSC is “Total diabetes care under one roof” which treats all the problems related to diabetes that result in blindness, kidney disease, heart attacks and amputations. DMDSC was started with the purpose of providing state of the art, efficient and comprehensive care at affordable costs. DMDSC is now treating around 100,000 patients a year in seven facilities in Southern India.

Founded in 1993 as a shelter and transit home for homeless mentally ill women, ‘The Banyan’ is an organization that cares for mentally ill women who have wandered from their homes across the country and ended up in the streets of Chennai, India. It germinated out of the conviction that even the homeless mentally ill have a right to timely treatment and a chance to a better future. It provides these women with a safe shelter, care, medical attention, and a supportive environment to enable them to recover and to take responsibility for their lives again.

CARE Hospitals (CARE), was founded in 1997 by a group of physicians, chaired by Dr. Soma Raju, who worked at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), a public medical school in Hyderabad (India) for approximately ten years.

In 1999 Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF) was established by Apollo group as a registered not-for-profit organization. The foundation specializes in giving remote consultation and second opinion to both patients and doctors, for whom due to distance and spiralling costs, access to quality health care is difficult. Tele-camps enable a specialist to see several patients one after another.

Centro Médico de Orientación y Planificación Familiar (Medical Center for Family Planning and Education or CEMOPLAF) is a private organization operating in the mountainous region of Ecuador with 37 years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health. CEMOPLAF’s main objective is to facilitate access to educational services regarding sexual and reproductive health awareness and prevention to the poorest populations in the country, and especially to women and youth.

This case study describes the services provided and current structure of Instituto Se Toque (IST), a not-­‐for-­‐profit health initiative based in São Paulo. The name of the institute means “touch yourself” or “be aware” in colloquial Brazilian Portuguese. The main goal of the organization is to increase the early diagnostics of breast cancer in women, promoting mammograms and other preventive techniques. The organization reaches women through their children.

This case study describes the services provided and current funding structure of the Associação Saúde Criança (ASC), an internationally renowned organization working with children and families in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The organization selects very poor children from Hospital da Lagoa who have been making repeated visits. Their families are then signed up for a program to assist in recovering their health and improving their social and financial conditions. The reach of the organization’s work starts with health and branches out to a more social inclusion program.

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a UK­‐based, pro­‐choice international sexual and reproductive health organization with 30 years of experience. Currently operating in 43 countries, MSI manages 629 international centers and last year provided services to over 7 million couples. MSI, operating in Bolivia since 1994, collaborates with local partners making long­‐term commitments to communities, public institutions and social organizations within the country. 

In May 1985 a group of self-motivated young men from Sitakunda Upazila1 of Chittagong District of Bangladesh came together and formed the organization ‘Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)’ with a vision to have a poverty-free nation and the freedom to exercise individual basic rights. With time, YPSA has grown to offer diverse social activities and relentlessly render its services to the poor and marginalized, including primary healthcare, HIV/AIDS prevention, disability care, maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health.

TMSS (Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha) is a well­‐known national level non­‐government women’s development organization working in the remote villages of Bangladesh. The organization works towards improving the poor socio­‐economic condition of women to a more prolific state. Currently these women have limited or no access to healthcare or other social services. With the initiation of its microfinance program in 1986, TMSS has evolved through a continuing learning process from the participating communities.

UNHCR continues its protection and assistance program for refugees of Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, and small numbers of refugees and asylum-­‐seekers in urban areas. Despite tangible improvements in recent years, the living conditions of the refugees still do not meet minimum international standards. UNHCR continues to assist in meeting basic needs in education, health, nutrition, sanitation, shelter and self-­‐reliance, in anticipation of durable solutions.