NEW ZEALAND JOINS FORCES WITH INDIA TO TRANSFORM SLUMSDate: 23/09/13
Author: Keith Ramsay
Influential humanitarian, Dr.Kiran Martin responsible for transforming many of Delhi slums, will be in New Zealand to launch an exciting new joint project with the New Zealand Government, Kiwi company Medtech, and TEAR Fund.
The aim of the multi-million dollar project is to deliver cost-effective health treatment to slum dwellers in Delhi, and free-up local hospitals to deal with serious cases.
TEAR Fund’s Rob Reynolds says, “We are excited to have Dr Martin here in New Zealand; she is an amazing woman who has impacted the lives of thousands of India’s poorest”.
“Twenty-five years ago the idealistic young doctor, borrowed a rickety table in a filthy Delhi slum to open her first clinic in order to fight a cholera outbreak. From these humble beginnings, she established the Asha Society, which is now giving hope to about 400,000 people living in more than 50 slum colonies in Delhi.”
Dr Martin’s organisation, Asha Society, has had a long association with New Zealand. Prime Minister John Key visited the organisation in 2011, and Asha has had a lot of support through the New Zealand High Commission in Delhi. It has also been supported by TEAR Fund NZ for more than 20 years.
Mr Reynolds says this new project will feature the technology and expertise of New Zealand tech company, Medtech, to provide telemedicine consultations remotely to two Delhi slums. “Patients can visit the telemedicine hubs for diagnosis and get treatment, and be prescribed medication at Asha’s community health centres. The more serious conditions can be referred to a hospital.” He says this will help unclog the hospital system and allow health professionals to concentrate on serious cases, radically reducing waiting times.
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