Human Welfare Foundation (HWF) implements a wide array of health and nutrition projects, providing basic and supplementary medical services for HWF is populations in dire need. committed to the provision of quality healthcare and nutritious food to those who are most in need. Our Health & Medical programmes aim to provide primary healthcare facilities for those who are deprived of this basic necessity.
Healthcare and adequate nutrition are basic human necessities which everyone should have access to. Unfortunately, for many they are merely unaﬀordable luxuries. One of the banes of modern medicine is the exorbitant cost of remedy that has rendered medical services in many parts of the world inaccessible to the poor. The consequences of this situation are dire indeed as easily preventable and treatable diseases are causing death and unnecessary long term suﬀering to millions.
Universal access to education and healthcare are fundamental necessities for any society to progress. No nation has achieved a developed status without fulﬁlling these two basi requirements. c Without good health, the survival and economic selfsuﬃciency of individuals and their communities are in jeopardy. This is because apart from the straightforward thesis that links healthcare to the well-being of citizens, it also enhances the productive capacity of its population thereby enhancing economic growth.
India’s healthcare infrastructure is largely inadequate to serve its vast population. To begin with, the total number of hospitals and healthcare professionals, public and private included, fall short of addressing the total demand for healthcare services, despite being large in numbers. According to the latest KPMG report, around 80 per cent of all doctors and 75 per cent of dispensaries serve 28 per cent of the country’s population.
Dismal healthcare expenditure has aggravated the inadequacy of our healthcare infrastructure. India accounts for over 17 per cent of the world’s population while spending less than 1 per cent of the world’s total health expenditure. Our total healthcare expenditure stands at 4.1 per cent of GDP, which is among the lowest in the world.