India: Integrating marginalized families in hospitals – an innovative idea, more health for all

More health through relatives in the hospitalsIn India, the healthcare infrastructure can’t keep up with the skyrocketing demand for health services. In order to meet current demand, India needs 500,000 more doctors, and twice as many nurses. Meanwhile, patients are often discharged into environments without adequate sanitation, knowledge, and tools to care for themselves safely.

But Noora Health, an innovative organisation founded by Edith Elliott, had a real social entrpeneurial idea. She recognizes the family members of patients, who always accompany the patient to the hospital, as a potential human resource base. She sees their ability to supplement the care provided by healthcare professionals, especially when patients return to their resource constrained home setting.

Edith partners with leading hospital chains across India and the United States, specifically hospitals that cater to low-income and rural patient populations (like Narayana Hrudalaya and government public hospitals), and trains the family members of patients to provide care for their loved ones.

Have a look at this video.

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