NGOs must also play a key role in supporting the public health system at grassroot level by enhancing the management of Primary Health Centres and related bodies. The NGO provides rural health, medical services and manages the public health institutions with an objective to effective and efficient delivery of preventive as well as curative services.
Aravind Eye Care trains their own paramedical personnel over a period of two years (recruited from rural areas) and employees them in their own hospital.
Aravind does the highest number of cataract surgeries globally with unmatched quality and integrity. Another Bengaluru based organisation, Sukhibhava has developed a cadre of semi-skilled health workers who provide diagnostic services for non-communicable diseases at point of care in urban slums.
When India's GDP spending on public healthcare clubs it with lower income countries, the Sub Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, and Haiti, it is imperative for us to develop effective and efficient models of healthcare service delivery, and NGOs with their willingness to learn and adapt to new challenges can surely take a lead in this direction.