“Many people did not realise that they were suffering from diabetes or hypertension, and they only found out when we conducted a health check-up for them,” says Shaheen, a Health Navigator working with Maya Health – an organisation working to create a healthcare ecosystem for women within marginalised communities in Karnataka.
This is a reality for thousands of people living in rural areas across India. With hardly any access to medical facilities, many families in rural Karnataka often rush to a doctor only when someone falls gravely ill.
According to a Rural Health Statistics report, the average doctor-patient ratio in rural Karnataka is 1:90,000!
Even when doctors from cities visit these areas, the villagers might not be completely open or comfortable with strangers. How does one overcome these obstacles and improve the healthcare ecosystem of a rural area without disrupting it?
This is what Maya Health is working on.
Before the organisation’s intervention, there were scarce employment opportunities for women in the region too. Many young girls dreamt of doing good for society and helping people but were soon forced to leave behind their hopes due to social or financial circumstances.
These girls grew up to be women with broken dreams.
But today, Maya Health is giving them an opportunity to become entrepreneurs and improve the health of their communities while also providing an essential service to residents.
Accenture is supporting Maya Health in this journey. Working with them, Accenture has created a health navigator app for rural health workers to help monitor and record basic health parameters like blood sugar, blood pressure, and more.
Here’s more about their work.
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