Save lives by reimbursing a fund set up to provide emergency support to patients, INR 1000


The tribals of Gudalur are an exploited marginalized community. They had no access to health care. Deaths, from causes that were easily preventable, were rampant. The tribal population was dwindling in number. At this time ASHWINI was founded. The organization has been working for the health welfare of tribals since 1990.

How It Works

• Very sick children, patients with renal failure, head injuries, spine fractures, heart disease, eye injuries etc. are referred mostly to Calicut Medical College, St Johns Medical College or Narayana Hridyalaya in Bangalore.
• The beneficiaries are the patients who are referred from ASHWINI to these tertiary care centres in Calicut Medical College, Ooty General Hospital or Narayana Hridalaya, Bangalore.
• Only tribal patients from the low socio-economic group are given this support.
• The patients are transported by an ambulance or jeep or car, depending on their medical condition.
• The vehicle is arranged by the hospital and patients are most often accompanied by a staff member. • The money is paid directly to the vehicle owner.
• A food voucher is obtained for accounting purposes.
• ASHWINI makes all the payments related to emergency transport.
• This donation is used to reimburse ASHWINI


• 150 km. – Distance between Calicut Medical College and ASHWINI
• 250 km. – Distance between Narayana Hridayalaya, Bangalore and ASHWINI
• Rs. 300 – Amount given to the patients towards food and other incidental expenses
• Rs. 1000 – Transport charges to Ooty
• Rs. 3,500 – Transport charges to Bangalore

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Fund for transport and food expenses during medical emergencies of patients 1000.00
Unit Price 1000
Total 1000
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She lives today
12 year old Mary (name changed) was brought to Gudalur adivasi hospital in a state of coma. Dr Nandakumar and the nursing team struggled to get her back to life. They intubated her as her oxygenation was falling. But she was not recovering.
We transported her to Calicut Medical College in an ambulance, endotracheal tube, IV, Oxygen and all. She got expert care.
She came back a week later, totally cured. But for the tertiary care, she would not be alive today.

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