The first-of-its-kind health project in India undertaken by SRK Knowledge Foundation in people’s interest. ‘Niramaya – The SRK-Kalam Health Project, India’s First Population Health Study’ carried out by SRKKF has the distinction of being the first private initiative for a public cause. ‘Niramaya’ in Sanskrit mean ‘Free from ailments, illnesses. Shri Kailash Satyarthi-Founder launched the pilot phase of the project report, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Shri Kiran Kumar-Former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Prof Arun Tiwari – Associate of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India and Shri Govind Dholakia-Chairman, SRKKF on 29th May 2018 at Science Centre, Surat in the presence of individuals of various fields.
Initiated to commemorate the visit of the erstwhile President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, at SRK Empire, Surat, in 2013, the project aims to develop a model to address the healthcare problems faced by the rural populace as envisioned by Dr Kalam. As part of the project, physical check-up and laboratory investigations and the health parameters of more than a hundred and twelve thousand people were carried out in Lathi, Liliya and Babra Talukas in Amreli District Gujarat.
The first phase of Niramaya articulates upon concepts improving the patient experience of care, including quality, satisfaction and improving the health of populations.
Mentor Prof Arun Tiwari affirmed that this project would prove for more significant societal benefit. For the first time, more than a hundred and twelve thousand people have been approached in their dwellings, and an attempt has been made to understand the social determinants of health. There is a growing awareness that upstream health can save wastage of working days on account of disability and mitigate the economic hardships of the already impoverished people. Such a study indeed paves the way in this direction.
These findings of the report would be instrumental in:
- Undertaking a first of its kind population health study in India, encompassing socio-economic profiling, primary medical examinations, and diagnostics
- Providing treatment and medical/nursing assistance to the needy and organising referral and linkages for further treatment.
- Creating a cloud-based database for analysis and derivation of health indicators and live feeds using point-of-care devices into the population health platform will further expand the project to larger populations.
- Making a nationwide impact, as SRKKF has aligned itself to work on UN SDG Goal 3.
- Possible replication on a larger scale in other developing countries too.
“The right medicine addresses not only the disease but also the healthy way of living. The study indeed confirms that physical inactivity is a major health crisis and a large-scale pandemic,” concluded Dr B Soma Raju, Cardiologist and Chairman, Care Hospitals.
The report will be shared with the Medical Research Institutions, various Embassies in India, India’s Leading Hospitals, State and Central Health Authorities. It will also be available in the public domain.
The title of the study ‘NIRAMAYA’ has been taken from a shloka of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.4.14), meaning ‘Healthy People.’