Accidents are great levellers. They don't differentiate between the rich and poor, social class or religion. The difference between death and life in many cases is medical intervention in the shortest possible time. This becomes particularly relevant when the accident victim is alone or with someone who is also injured. The ability to afford medical help at that point in time should be the least of all concerns. Every person should have the right to receive the best medical assistance possible. Everyone has the right to live. Hence SPARSH Hospital believes that everyone has right to resuscitation. SPARSH foundation will bear all initial costs of resuscitation for unknown patients for the first 24 hours after the accident. Even in instances where there is difficulty in identifying next of kin or family for more then two days, all patients will receive the very best treatment available till their family is contacted. Once the patient is stabilized and resuscitated the patient can choose whether to stay on for further treatment or shifted to any other hospital according to their or their family's choice
Industrial Accident Care; Industrial safety has improved greatly in the country but has not kept pace with industrial growth. Industrial accidents like crush injuries to the limbs affect young bread winners of families. SPARSH Hospital has put in place a highly skilled team specializing in hand surgery and limb re implantation surgery to support this programme. SPARSH Foundation provides funding to assist patients avail of these services.
A Primary Resuscitation Centre, in partnership with the Govt. of Tamil Nadu, has been established on the interstate highway at Hosur. All the patients here are resuscitated and stabilized free of cost before shifting them to medical centres.
Every year 1500 children are born with Club Foot in Karnataka. In cases where children are born to families that are economically backward, this means that in many cases the child with Club Foot invariably grows up disabled. The congenital clubfoot is the most common serious birth defect of human bones and joints. Left untreated, the foot remains twisted inwards and becomes painful. The walking child bears weight on the thin skin on the top of the foot. Deformity leads to a downward spiral of disability, dependency & demoralization. Over time the patient gets hunched over and walks on all fours. Disabled individuals are rarely productive or valued members of society. Their needs add to the burdens of their families and communities.
HejjeGuruthu - The Sustainable Clubfoot Programme in Karnataka is a public- private initiative between the Government of Karnataka & SPARSH Hospital. With the objective of making Karnataka a "Neglected Club Foot Free State", the programme brings together the clinical and process skills of SPARSH Hospital together with governmental infrastructure to search, identify, correct, treat and review children with Club Foot for free.
The programme was launched by the Honorable Chief Minister of Government of Karnataka, Shri. B.S Yeddyurappa on 13th June 2008 at the Conference Hall, Third Floor, VidhanaSoudha. The chief guests of the function are ShriSriramulu, Honorable Minister for Health and Shri P M Narendraswamy, Honorable Minister for Women and Child Development.
Using a process called the Ponseti Technique (developed by Professor Ignacio Ponseti) a serial plastering technique; the treatment has been shown to have a 95% success rate with young club foot patients. Used extensively in the US, Europe and Africa, the clinical results have been remarkable. With its high success rates and ease of implementation the Ponseti Technique of treatment of the congenital clubfoot has been shown to be effective in many developed and developing countries of the world. The surgical technique required is minimally invasive kind and is called percutaneous tenotomy. The goal is to make Ponseti Treatment available to all affected infants born in Karnataka in a timely, safe, effective and sustainable manner.
The projects methodology is to
Build awareness among healthcare workers, Anganwadi and SthreeShakthi workers and the society in general regarding detecting the clubfoot deformity and the availability of appropriate treatment.
Build capacity in two areas:
Monitor the results
SPARSH Hospital is leading this initiative. It seeks to build scale and roll out the programme aggressively across the state to create reach and accessibility to all corners of Karnataka and its people.
SPARSH Hospital has already set up a training and treatment hub. Training materials have been developed and as our initial partners JSS Medical College Mysore and SS Institute of Medical Sciences, Davengere have been inducted. The expansion plans are aggressive; the capacity will be scaled up to cover 12 districts by the end of this year. With the aim to create accessibility and reach, this programme will have statewide scope and impact. An initiative of this kind is truly unique - a partnership between government and private healthcare where the beneficiaries are the children of Karnataka and that too from economically backward families. It's a first of its kind.
Children are the future of Karnataka. Their future is our responsibility. Disability due to Club Foot should come to an end. For years now many children that were born with Club Foot grew up disabled; disabled and broken. Affected children should have the same opportunities as non affected children and have the same life trajectory as any other child in Karnataka. Effective treatment corrects the deformity and HejjeGuruthu is the beginning of a healthcare movement and possibly the beginning of the end of neglected Club Foot.
|SPARSH Hospital launched smile campaign in conjunction with The Smile Train a charitable institution, this was launched by Dr.SantoshBabu collector of KrishnagiriDist at Sparsh hospital on 18/6/2007. Addressing the media on this occasion Dr SharanShivarajPatil, Chairman Sparsh Hospital has said that in this scheme all the cleft and their associated anomalies will be operated completely free of charge and this will be an on going Programme. He also emphasized on the important role of the media in reaching out and increasing the awareness among the general public on such conditions
The main objectives of the smile campaign are
We have got a very good response from the general public till now. We would like to reach out to many more especially in the rural areas. We have formed a partnership with doordarshan and are working towards this end. We think that doordarshan with a wide coverage in the rural areas will help us reach out to many more people.