HALO Medical Foundation
HALO Medical Foundation
Not-for-profitYear launched: 1980
Country of Operation
- Maternal, newborn and child health
- Primary care
SummaryThe Halo Medical Foundation (HMF) was set up as the logical culmination of the decade-long Health and Auto Learning Organization (HALO) movement based at the Medical College Aurangabad.
HALO was founded by Dr Shashikant Ahankari in 1980 to create a forum for medical students and practitioners to take health services to the most impoverished and the needy. Over the years, the concept has evolved into an organization that works with development and empowerment issues amongst dalits and other backward communities in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra’s Marathwada region.
Key program components
Bharat Vaidya program: The Bharat Vaidya program began with the aim of addressing the rural health problems of the Osmanabad District in Maharashtra. The program works toward creating sustainable health care by training local rural women to deliver basic health services in their own villages. The goal of the Bharat Vaidya program is to provide primary health care at the village level to prevent the progression of illnesses from an easily-treatable to a more serious and costly state. The women are taught to identify and refer serious or life-threatening illnesses to Janki Rugnalaya or any other institution that provides health services. Seventy five Bharat Vaidyas are currently working in 70 villages, receiving a modest income from their services and medicines sold.
Health Insurance Program: Many women ignore or delay seeking health care because of their inability to pay for health services. When HMF noticed that most of the loans granted in self-help groups (SHGs) were to pay for health services they began to encourage women to enroll in low-cost health insurance policies. United India Insurance Company and HMF collaborated to create an affordable policy specifically for SHG women. Policy costs for various numbers of enrollees are listed below: - 1 woman Rs. 199 - Husband and Wife - Rs. 213 - Husband, Wife, one child - Rs. 235 - Husband, Wife, two children - Rs. 253 Insurance policy holders are eligible to receive health coverage of up to Rs. 5000 in one year. At Janaki Rugnalaya, all health insurance holders; receive check-ups including blood and urine tests. Insurance holders also receive a 50% discount for X-rays at Janaki Rugnalaya.
SureStart: The Sure Start project focuses on providing basic maternal and newborn healthcare (MNH) to low-income urban women who reside mostly in slum areas. The overall project scope includes seven project sites in Maharashtra and several more in Uttar Pradesh. Funding for Sure Start has been provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Each project has similar overall objectives but unique project specific aims and is scheduled to run for a total of 5 years starting from November 2005 and ending in November 2010. Sure Start Solapur's specific model aims to provide maternal and newborn care through self-help groups (SHGs), allowing women to be at the helm of their health care by partnering with SHGs to adopt pregnant women and provide basic antenatal and postnatal care. The SHG members are given extensive training in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to provide adequate maternal and newborn health.