Strengthening Healthcare Facilities
Ekam USA is committed to improve maternal and child health in India by providing essential medical equipment in government hospitals.
Since 2016, Ekam has supplemented the public healthcare system- government hospitals and rural health centers by procuring and maintaining life-saving equipment and working to streamline hospital processes. Ekam also supported training of healthcare professionals to work in these government hospitals.
Some public hospitals in remote locations lack the basic equipment to save lives. A mother was once seen operating an Ambu bag—a hand-held device used to provide short-term ventilation to patients who are having trouble breathing—for her baby. Ambu bags are meant to provide temporary support until the patient can be put on a ventilator. When the mother was asked how long she had been providing breathing support for her baby by squeezing the bag every few seconds, the mother said “7 days continuously". The baby would have died if the bag was not squeezed for even a minute. There was a ventilator in the hospital, but it was new and had not been set up yet. Often, there are not enough ventilators for patients in need or the equipment is under repair and unavailable for use. Ekam works constantly to provide efficient care to patients in financial need, who cannot afford to pay for expensive services.
Govt of Tamil Nadu
To address the primary concern of equipment breakdown and maintenance related mortality and morbidity, in 2010, the Tamil Nadu Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ekam Foundation to service, repair, and monitor SNCU equipment in 64 SNCUs. This initiative has helped improve care quality and decrease mortality rates related to equipment breakdown in SNCUs.
Govt of Chhattisgarh / UNICEF
Since 2014, Ekam Foundation has partnered with the Government of Chhattisgarh and UNICEF across sixteen districts to improve quality of care in government hospitals.
Stories from the Kondgoan SNCU: