While India has made rapid strides in the health sector since independence, data from NFHS-5 indicates that access to healthcare still remains a challenge.
Nearly 72% of the population in India still lives in rural areas and has access to about 25% of the healthcare infrastructure. Urban slum dwellers, on the other hand, suffer from adverse health conditions owing to mainly two reasons –first the lack of awareness; and second the unwillingness to lose a day’s wage in order to reach the nearest medical facility.
The sheer vastness and geo-spatial diversity of the country also make it difficult to meet the healthcare needs of the entire population. With the pandemic further highlighting the need to strengthen the healthcare system, it has become imperative to shift focus on last mile delivery to rural areas, universal health coverage, public health, and preventive healthcare.
Smile Foundation’s ‘Health Cannot Wait’ initiative aims to provide healthcare to all. Keeping the health of children, women, and other vulnerable populations in mind, mobile healthcare units called "Smile on Wheels" reach out to people in far-flung areas and informal settlements of the cities where people lack awareness about basic healthcare. Smile on Wheels takes healthcare at the doorsteps of people and also encourages health awareness and health-seeking behaviour among underprivileged people.
For the poor, health is truly their only wealth! Join hands with Smile Foundation to make quality healthcare accessible to all.