AddressHealth bags prestigious Stars in Global Health grant

AddressHealth has won the prestigious ‘Stars in Global Health’ grant competition from Grand Challenges Canada. The company bagged the honours for its innovative model in providing comprehensive healthcare to children in low income groups through tele-enabled school health centres.

The award includes a grant of $112,000.This year, out of more than 600 entries worldwide, 85 organisations have won the grant. AddressHealth, India’s first paediatric primary healthcare network, is one among the ten Indian innovators who have won the grant this year.

The innovation grant will be used to set up and manage medical rooms in four Bangalore-based unaided private schools which serve low income groups. A tele-video link will be enabled to connect the medical rooms with Address Health’s child health clinics and the electronic health records will track the progress of each child’s health. In addition to this, the medical rooms will be managed by school nurse, supported by medical professionals like doctors, dentists, nutritionists, psychologists and optometrists. These professionals will periodically visit the schools. Schools will be charged a nominal fee on a per-child basis to make the model sustainable.

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, is dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health. Dr. Anand Lakshman, chief executive officer, of AddressHealth said, “preventive healthcare for children in India is in its nascent stage and needs immediate attention. We believe that schools are a great platform to address this need, and help foster a culture of healthy living among children. We have been striving to achieve the same and this grant will help enhance our efforts and improve the outcomes”.

(Source: Press release)

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