Honeywell, in collaboration with Americares India Foundation, a health-focused relief and development organisation, announced the successful completion of the project to improve 72 primary healthcare facilities (PHC) in rural regions spanning Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Haryana. The project is part of Honeywell and Americares India Foundation’s three-year cooperation to build health infrastructure in rural Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Haryana.
As part of the second year of the project, Honeywell and Americares India worked with the state government to identify local PHCs in need of help in the Maharashtra districts of Pune and Nashik, as well as the Haryana districts of Mahendragarh, Nuh, and Rewari. A customised evaluation technique was utilised to analyse these PHCs and identify infrastructure and service deficiencies. Honeywell contributed around 20,000 pieces of equipment to these 72 PHC centres based on the assessment’s needs.
The project was part of the National Health Policy, the country’s major health system strengthening programme, with a primary focus on primary and secondary health care. The initiative’s goal was to identify current deficiencies in equipment, instruments, and supplies at the selected local PHCs and to provide full quality health care.
The project was part of the National Health Policy, the country’s major health system strengthening programme, with a primary and secondary focus. The initiative’s goal was to identify current deficiencies in equipment, instruments, and supplies at the selected local PHCs, provide comprehensive quality health care and diagnostic / investigative healthcare services, and reduce referrals to secondary and tertiary care facilities.
By the end of March 2023, all 72 PHCs would have had infrastructure enhancements and would be ready to provide high-quality healthcare to the rural population. Honeywell committed INR 8.5 crores in this project to reinforce 72 PHCs, and an additional INR 4.5 crores will be invested in FY 2023-24 to equip 40 PHCs.
“The government’s National Health Mission focuses on strengthening primary and secondary healthcare centres.” PHCs serve a key role in safeguarding people’s health and well-being, as well as the equal distribution of quality healthcare services tailored to their needs,” said Dr. Surendra Yadav, Chief Medical Officer, Rewari.
“Infrastructure is a critical pillar that supports the primary goal of promoting improved care for all patients in rural areas of the country.” It is critical to ensure that health institutions have appropriate supplies, equipment, and drugs in order for people to have faith in the country’s health services. We were able to successfully address patients’ healthcare requirements at the community level by cooperating with Honeywell,” said Meenakshi Batra, Country Director, Americares India Foundation.
The PHCs have been refurbished as part of the project with over 50,000 different pieces of contemporary healthcare equipment, and another 40 PHCs are expected to be refurbished by the end of March 2024. Honeywell and Americares identified all of the critical equipment modifications required to provide high-quality care in these PHCs. The majority of the donated equipment is for the Labour Ward, Laboratory, Ophthal., and Dental Unit. Autoclave machines, Foetal Dopplers, Centrifuge Machines, Tonometers, Haematology Analyzers, Trial frame sets, Semi-auto Analyzers, Binocular Microscopes, Dental chairs and accessories, Mobile spotlights, Delivery Tables, and other items were contributed. Initiatives like the one executed successfully by Honeywell and Americares play an important role in building the healthcare infrastructure at the ground level.