EKAM Right to Health for Every Child
Ekam Foundation is an NGO incubated and supported by The Ma Foi Foundation, which aims to bring comprehensive health care to the underprivileged children. Paediatricians, pharmaceutical companies, Government, and hospitals have come together in this project to provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous healthcare to children who cannot afford to pay for specialized healthcare services. The project has roped in the support of not only paediatricians but also nutritionists, social workers & yoga instructors from across Chennai to ensure that underprivileged children have consistent and immediate access to healthcare.
To reduce the prenatal & neonatal mortality rate Ekam screens children in orphanages, aganwadies, school and communities regularly. This involves, timely identification of health problems, referrals to hospitals and constant follow up and check-ups. In cases, when children are hospitalized, Ekam takes complete care of these children and also offers the necessary financial support.
So far more than 1500 children have been supported.
Training and Development
Ekam traiins community volunteers from schools, nurses,NGOs, SHGs in basic health care, emergency care to identify vulnerable children and also build healthy habits. Training on alternative medicines were also given to the community.
Ekam’s School Health Project targets school going children aged 5-17 years. A joint venture of Ekam with Corporation & Directorate of Public Health, children are regularly screened for preventable diseases and other nutritional problems.
Improving Health care systems: EKAM works with government hospitals it aims to improve access of children admitted in Government hospitals to quality-assured services through Public Private Partnership model. It is joint venture of Institute of Child Health and Ekam. Through this partnership EKAM has invested more than 1.5 crs in the infrastructure, manpower and life saving equipments. Under another partnership with the TN government, EKAM recruited 350 nurses in all the district head quarter hospitals. This has reduced neo natal deaths in NICUs