Karuna Trust views health as an integral part of socio-economic development of a country and appropriate healthcare as an integration of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health services. Primary healthcare must be based on principles of equal distribution and community participation and with an effective referral system. The very idea of primary healthcare is to make health services accessible and available to people universally. It also ensures that the State recognizes that health is multi-faceted and needs a multi-sectoral approach.
Traditionally primary healthcare has included building awareness of prevailing health problems, food & nutrition, water & sanitation, maternal & child health and prevention and control of endemic diseases. Now it has expanded in today’s modern times to include lifestyle disorders and general community health. Primary healthcare must ensure community participation in addressing their health needs.