A couple of weeks back I met Sujay at an event in New Delhi. We got talking and I told him of my wish to do a Live Hangout with him. He instantly agreed. Sujay Santra is the Founder and CEO of Ikure Techsoft (P) Ltd. It’s a social enterprise based in Kolkata and provides last mile primary healthcare to rural populations in India.
Sujay is an Ashoka Fellow and has received global recognition for his work through iKure. In this Live Hangout I asked him about how is he creating impact in rural healthcare space, his experience of Ashoka fellowship and his vision for iKure.
Some tidbits from Sujay:
The rural patients end up paying much more than the urban counterpart for basic ailments
In India 90% of the cases are in the primary healthcare space
Community health workers visit the patient’s home and they would be able to see how the patient is doing
The job of a community health worker is not only to capture the vitals and various other signs but also to make it available to the doctors
Rural healthcare is very different from its urban counterpart
Ashoka helps us in giving us the contacts, the networks and spreading the word about our work
I come from a non-healthcare sector, hardcore techie guy and doing a healthcare enterprise
Till date iKure has touched close to 4 Million population across 6 states in India. We have treated more than half a million patients
Today iKure globally is known for its last mile technology innovation and sustainability
The only way going forward is how we can leverage technology, how we can strengthen these community health workers
Here’s the full Hangout:
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