This project was initiated by: Swasth Foundation

We are a 9 year old non-profit social enterprise with a motto of “Health for all.” We focus on improving the well-being of urban poor by providing affordable quality primary-preventive healthcare services. We operate a network of no-frills, just-around-the-corner, one-stop-shop of healthcare services in 2 departments – family medicine and dentistry - to the urban poor. Each of our units (Swasth India Medical Centers - SIMC) provides high quality comprehensive services, i.e. preventive – promotive, consultation, medicines, investigations and procedures, at half the market rates to its customers. Our current network of 28 SIMC across 2 cities (Mumbai and Ahmedabad) have served 730,000+ patients delivering direct patient savings of Rs. 108+ Million with a customer satisfaction rating of 90%+.

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Primary Care Center for Urban Poor

Project Summary

Operates a network of low cost quality and comprehensive healthcare services to the urban poor in India.


With 80% of health expenditure in India being out-of-pocket, “health shocks” are the single biggest cause of impoverishment in India. As per WHO, every year, 32 million Indians go from above poverty to below poverty line due to a health event in the family. These health events can be avoided by quality and affordable primary care services, resulting in better health outcomes and reduced incidence of health shocks. Nearly 1/3 of India’s urban population is estimated to live in slums – characterized by overcrowding, poor hygiene & sanitation and the absence of civic services. Urban public sector infrastructure is inadequate and suffers from acute shortage of staff and consumables. Charitable clinics are individual-centric, and therefore they lack scale and service quality guarantee. Consumers are forced to resort to a largely unregulated private sector. However, it is expensive and malpractice is rampant.


Our goal is to ensure access to affordable and quality health services to low income households in order to prevent such health events which translate to impoverishment. We have designed a scaleable and self-sustaining health care center providing one-stop access to high-quality healthcare. In 1 year, the center is expected to serve 10,000 patient visits at half the market rates. It will also help patients save 50% more time due to one stop shop format. Other benefits include savings in loss of wages from missed days of work, improvement in health outcomes (e.g., control over diabetes) and prevention of health shocks, e.g., early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes prevents diabetes related complications and associated expenditure and potentially death. Our costs are significantly lower due to various innovations - we have an in-house Pathology Laboratory, we purchase our drugs directly from the manufacturers, training and skill building of workforce hired from the community.


We are seeking USD200,000 grant to be used for the following purposes: Set up a primary health care center:
  1. Civil Works/Interiors - Furniture, Fittings and Furnishings
  2. Purchase Medical Equipment, initial stock of medicines and consumables, IT Equipment
  3. Location - Brokerage and other one time cost
  4. Launch marketing campaign
  5. Contribution to our Center of Excellence that helps develop and trains on quality care standards and processes
Operate the Health Care center for 2 years:
  1. Staff Payments
  2. Rent, Utilities, repair & maintenance
Free checkup and treatment camps in the community:
  1. Preventive screening for 2000 children
  2. NCDs screening for 1000 elderly

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