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FAQs

What is HFRI? What is HFRI's mission and its goals?

HFRI stands for Health Foundation for Rural India. It is a nonprofit organization which is involved in comprehensive village health care of 56,000 Ekal Vidyalaya villages. It is a part of Ekal Abhiyan, which aims at the integral growth of these villages, consists of primary education, preventive and curative health care and economic development.

The mission of HFRI is to provide and promote preventative and curative healthcare, health education, training of health workers and research for the benefit of rural and tribal India and connect West to East. The vision of HFRI is to increase awareness of health by healthy life style practices, healthy sanitary habits, diagnose and treat common diseases in every villager in every approachable remote and tribal villages. It will also provide a great platform for medical research. The total number of villages HFRI covered from April 2014 to March 2015 was approximately 25,233 villages.

What is AFI?

AFI stands for Arogya Foundation of India. HFRI works through AFI at the grass root level. Aroyoga Foundation of India (AFI) is a part of Ekal Abhiyan. Visit www.arogyafoundationekal.org.

What are Aroyoga sevikas?

Aroyoga sevikas are health care workers who are trained in knowledge of common diseases, their diagnosis, prevention and treatment. In India, a large number of people live far without nearby access to modern health facilities. A worker trained in health awareness, arogya sevika, plays a pivotal role to bring the much needed healthcare to the village. There is one arogya sevika per village.

What are common diseases treated?

The common diseases treated are: anemia, malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, skin diseases (scabies, lice infestation, etc.).

What else is taught by health care workers to village folk?

They also teach about cleanliness, health awareness, importance of drinking clean water, taking care of waste water, how to make waste pits, and how to make toilets.

Which are the main projects at this time by AFI and HFRI?

The main projects are anemia treatment for the women between 15 to 45 years of age (as it is very prevalent 86.5%in village areas) and children between 2 to 10 years of age and conducting general Health camps twice a year.

Mothers play the main role in the health of the family, but most of the times they are found so weak due to their own health problems, like anemia, that they fail to take care of the rest of the family. By treating anemia we are making women strong and empowered so they can take care of health, education and economic development of family.

HFRI's main projects are collecting funds, HFRI Medical Internship Initiative, conducting Health Seminars and providing platform for the Health research.

Where does the money for HFRI projects come from?

In the USA we are collecting funds from doctors, business owners and philanthropists One of the avenue adopted at this time is , by conducting health seminars in different regions. In these seminars NRI physicians narrates their experiences of doing work in India and there may be a speaker from health care leaders.

Does HFRI conduct medical camps?

HFRI does conduct medical camps in collaboration with AFI. Usually general health camps, anemia health camps and speciality camps are conducted twice a year in each village. Usually 200 - 300 patients come to each camp. Their aliments are diagnosed and treated by volunteer doctors from India and the USA. If they need advanced treatment then Ekal volunteers will take these patients to district hospitals. The total number of camps HFRI has conducted from April 2014 to March 2015 was approximately 1,459 camps and approximately 218,408 patients were treated.

Where does HFRI conduct their health work?

HFRI is currently focused on Zharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu , Odissa and northeast states of India, these being some of the poorest areas of India.

Are there opportunities for US physicians of Indian origin to volunteer in their motherland through HFRI?

This is a very good opportunity for US physicians to volunteer at HFRI health camps for 1 - 2 weeks a year.

How can one contribute towards HFRI's goals?

HFRI is a 501(c) non profit organization. Please visit www.hfriusa.org to donate money. To donate voluntary services please contact the chair person or any member of executive committee. See contacts.