Gujarat, a state located in northwestern India, contains isolated villages with people cut off from electricity and, by extension, the modern world. Residents burn kerosene for lighting, and firewood or dried cow dung for cooking. Homes are poorly ventilated, which exposes women, who do the majority of the domestic labor, and their children to harmful particles. It is estimated that more than 500,000 women die annually from respiratory ailments caused by repeated exposure.
Scope of Work
The DC HEaRT project’s partners in India are the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), Ahmedabad University and Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation. In addition to the Beall Family Foundation, financing for the project is available through the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund — a foundation created by Arvind Limited, one of India’s large textile manufacturers — who will work with Ahmedabad University to manage the implementation of the microgrid and associated projects, while IIT Madras will provide technical expertise on the design and operation of the microgrid.
A truly unique addition is the provision of affordable, accessible technology enabling 24/7 health care to anyone, anytime, anywhere at this site. Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF), South Asia’s largest and oldest Telehealth Network, is part of the globally recognized Apollo Hospitals Group and has considerable experience in providing standalone primary health care in remote places. Using Information and Communication Technology, secondary and tertiary teleconsults are also provided on-site, greatly benefiting the end user. On-site pharmacy, laboratory services and health literacy programs provide an awesome experience! The Apollo Tele Clinic in Tuvar will also have an Apollo Tele Wellness and Health Centre (ATHWC) to promote health literacy, delivering quality healthcare and transferring knowledge on health care related subjects related to wellness.
To view photos of ongoing projects from Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF), please click here.
To view powerful stories from patients who have benefited from the programs implemented by Apollo, please click on the following links:
1) eUPHC-Implemented & Operated by Apollo Telemedicine - https://youtu.be/YpnqqxLA3dk
2) Telemedicine, Teleopthalmology, Remote health care, Vision center - https://youtu.be/JESKUcTHM8A
With our partners, we have identified Gujarat, India as our first international location for our DC HEaRT demonstration projects. In Gujarat, we would like to assist 7 villages, which consist of 215 households and a total of 1,216 people. The villages involved are Mama Pipala, Paliyabiya, Moti Govindi, Tebadi, Patadiya, Hingatiya Jagir, and Tuvar. In Phase 1 of this project, we will be focusing on 2 villages, which amounts to 51 households and 278 people. Our main goals in these villages are to supply the following:
- Community Center with Communication, Education, Entertainment, Telemedicine, Meeting Space and Entrepreneurial Support
- Daily fresh battery (for LED lights, exhaust fan and phone charger)
- Purified water supplied to each household
- Solar powered with advanced, clean biomass generator as backup (second generation pryolysis)
A village in Gujarat, India.
Latest News - Tuvar Village Project
Latest Updates from Tuvar Health & Wellness Center
- The Tuvar Health & Wellness Center (THWC) project has completed its 19th month of operations and is continuing to deliver technology enabled health care and digital services to the tribal and rural communities in and around Tuvar village.
- In the month of August 2020, Social Health Education (SHE) sessions and health profiling activities could not be carried out in the field due to social distancing norms in the ongoing pandemic. However, menstrual hygiene sessions were conducted at the center itself. Teleconsultations, Laboratory, Pharmacy and CSC services continued to deliver digital and health care services for the welfare of the communities in and around Tuvar.
- The overall beneficiaries covered at the THWC through August 2020 is over 8900 beneficiaries.
- In Aug 2020, 50 patients were benefitted by accessing medicines from Tuvar Pharmacy.
- 45 beneficiaries benefitted from visiting the Common Services Center (CSC). Photocopying and Mobile recharge services were the most utilized.
- In order to reach out to communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, teleconsultations are being provided in “camp mode” at the doorstep of communities.
- In continuation with the efforts put in for reaching out to the community in the current pandemic scenario, the THWC team has been providing teleconsultations on “camp mode” in the Village Panchayats of Kalleka and Dudhali. General physician consultations with lab tests were properly arranged to ensure social distancing. Teleconsultations on camp mode shall remain a part of field activity in the upcoming days, too. The Apollo team has been taking required precautions while being exposed to the community during such activity to avoid transmission of COVID-19.
The Business of Humanity® Project’s Tuvar Health & Wellness Center Continues Operations During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, the ability to manage the pandemic in remote parts of our inter-connected world presents an urgent challenge. To help address this challenge, the Business of Humanity® Project (BoH) at the University of Pittsburgh, led by the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Swanson School of Engineering, has been working with its partners at the Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF), Safe World Rural Services (SRS), and Narottam Lal Bhai Rural Development Fund (NLRDF) to assist its Tuvar Health & Wellness Center located in Gujarat, India to continue to operate under new and ever-changing circumstances during this pandemic.
In accordance with the lockdown guidelines issued by the Government of India, the THWC reopened on April 20th, 2020 and has been continuing to provide health care services to rural communities in and around Tuvar. The details outlined in this link by ATNF demonstrate the unique challenges that COVID-19 are presenting to the health care workers at THWC and the steps they are taking so that individuals in rural and remote areas are provided with quality care.
The Tuvar Health & Wellness Center (THWC) has been operating for a year in Gujarat! Please click on this link to see photos and read the latest details about the wonderful progress that has been made since the THWC opened. The major operations of the THWC include: (1) Teleconsultations; (2) Laboratory Services; (3) Pharmacy Services; (4) a Common Services Center; and outreach programs like (5) Health Profiling and the (6) Social Health Education (SHE) program. Through the end of January 2020, the overall beneficiaries who have been reached by these services is over 6,900 people!
Please click on the link below to read the latest details and see new photos from our Tuvar Village Project!
We have some wonderful news to announce! On February 3, in Ahmedabad, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF) organized a symposium marking the opening of the Health and Wellness Center in Tuvar! Please click on the link below to read more about the program.
For those of you who were interested in watching this symposium but were unable to catch the very early live stream on February 3, here is a YouTube link to a recording of the event:
We are excited to announce that construction has begun on the Tuvar Village Project in Gujarat, India!
The Tuvar Village Project is the Indian component of a global demonstration of the use of disruptive technologies to meet the needs of lower income communities; simultaneously enhancing environmental, social and economic sustainability. The viability of the Tuvar Village Project is predicted on a comprehensive response to the needs of the community—power to households, potable water, sanitation, hygiene, health education, and telehealth supported by new sources of income for the community.
Our partners on this project include Mr. B.M. Shah, Mr. Kantibhai Patel, Mr. Vinod and Mr. Minibhai from NLRDF (Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund) and Mr. Subi Rajagopalan, Mr. Harish Shankar V., Mr. Yogendra Khaintola, Mr. Krishna Prasad and Mr. Vaneet Chopra from Safeworld Rural Services LLP and Prof. K. Ganapathy and Mr. S. Premanand from Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation. Due to their commitment and tireless efforts, the initial phase (Stage 1) of the project should be up and running in June 2018!
Highlights of Stage 1 of this project include:
- Solar plant, generating 30.69 kW, employing unique, specially designed tensile solar panel mounting structures, to bridge ravines and gullies in in otherwise unusable land.
- DC standalone grid to supply power to households (50 initially), street lighting, water pumping system, and common services including toilets, showers and community center.
- Water supply—potable water and water for common toilets and shower.
- Over a kilometer of solar-powered street lighting, which will provide safety and security—especially for women and children—to and from the common toilets.
- Refurbishment of an abandoned building for a new Community Center, which will have net zero capability. The Community Center will be used as an education, health and wellness center for Tuvar village and nearby communities.
Specially-designed electric vehicles for transporting patients found to be requiring treatment at more advanced health facilities.
Latest Project Site Photos
Borewell Drilling to allow for additional access to water for use at the Tuvar site
Opening of the Health and Wellness Center - February 2019
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Please return to the site soon as we track the progress that is being made in Gujarat!