Social Enterprise, Non-profit with FCRA Certificate
Karuna Trust is a public charitable trust based in Karnataka. The organization currently manages 71 healthcare centres in five states in India – Karnataka, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Assam – covering a population of 1.5 million. Karuna Trust's interventions have use a public-private partnership (PPP) model, with the objective of providing universal, affordable and comprehensive primary healthcare.
Its goal is to make healthcare accessible to the most underserved and poor populations in remote tribal, hilly and insurgency areas.
Karuna Trust has directed its COVID-19 response at the 1.5 million people who benefited from the PHCs (primary healthcare centres) it manages. These PHCs became nodal centres, disseminating information on COVID-19, conducting community-based screening and enforcing infection control measures.
The PHCs received oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPAP machines, and more, for effective COVID-19 management. The staff at the PHCs received training on infection control, emergency care, essential newborn care, and COVID-19 testing, tracing and surveillance. As of July 2021, 90,000 people have been vaccinated through PHCs managed by the organization.
This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has severely tested our public health system and exposed the gaps in the system. We hope the remedial measures by policy-makers will strengthen the health system in the coming days. We intend to vaccinate the 1.5 million people under our care against COVID-19 and further strengthen the COVID-19 response system through technology intervention.