Karuna Trust’s focus has been to deliver affordable, integrated healthcare services through innovative yet scalable public-private-partnership initiatives. However, Karuna Trust has frequently expanded its mandate to implement innovative projects relevant to a local area’s requirements.
a. Integrating Primary Eye care into Primary Health Care
In collaboration with Sightsavers, Karuna Trust has implemented an innovative project of Integrating Primary Eye Care into Primary Health Care. The project aims to strengthen Vision Centres established in 10 Primary Health Centres in the northern districts of Karnataka.
The overall goal of the project is to address avoidable blindness, specifically targeting the growing problem of uncorrected refractive error and low vision and evolve a model of PPP in primary ophthalmology which could be shared with the top policy makers at the national level.
b. Scaling up and replicating Karuna Trust Health Model
The project is to scale up and replicate Karuna Trust model of health care on a large scale in Karnataka and other States by improving access, use and quality of Reproductive Health Services through improved primary health care. The project began in 2009 in collaboration with John D & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, USA,
c. Mental Health Project
Integrating Mental Health services into primary healthcare has been a practicing model in Karuna Trust managed PHCs. Currently community mental health programme has been integrated into 27 PHCs in Karnataka.
Manasa is a novel venture catering to the homeless and mentally ill women to provide them shelter, care and solace which is located at Mysore.
The services include:
Mental Health Help Line, Transit Care Centre, Psychiatric Assistance and identification of mentally ill at Nirashritara Parihara Kendra, Mysore.
Mental Health programme is in collaboration with Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
d. Repositioning Family Planning at Primary Health Centres
Empowering eligible couples to lead healthy and productive lives and exercising the rights to regulate their fertility through acceptable family planning methods. The project has been implemented in 14 designated PHCs of Karnataka in collaboration with Population Foundation of India (PFI) with specific objectives of
- Delaying first pregnancy
- Promoting spacing between pregnancies among eligible couples
- Improving quality of RCH and primary health care programs through quality accreditations, continuous review and monitoring mechanisms
12 PHCs are in the process of ISO Certification as part of Quality Initiative.
e. Water Quality Management
Water Quality Management project, a flagship project promoted by Karuna Trust is first of its kind where managerial inputs are provided to the Panchayat Raj Engineering Department and Health Departments that are responsible for water quality. Karuna Trust facilitates water testing, management of district laboratories, awareness programs through IEC, increased communication and convergence among the departments which in turn contribute to safe drinking water to the community.
This is being piloted in Chikkaballapur and Chamarajanagar Districts in Karnataka.
f. Sukshema (MNCH)
Sukshema, the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) project is in collaboration with Karnataka Health Promotion Trust implemented in the eight underserved districts of North Karnataka. The districts under the project are Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bellary, Bijapur, Bagalkot and Koppal. The objective is to improve MNCH outcomes in rural populations through the development and adoption of effective operational and health system approaches within the National Rural Health Mission framework.
g. Embrace Baby Warmers
Karuna Trust intends to improve maternal and child healthcare by providing access to embrace products in its PHCs in collaboration with Embrace.
Embrace provides infant warmers known as Thermpods which are specifically used for low birth weight babies.
h. Birthing Kits
Preventive approach in health care is one of the key measures adopted by Karuna Trust. In order to control infection during deliveries, Jnma Kits are supplied to Karuna Trust managed PHCs aimed to prevent infection and promote concept of hygiene during birth among the rural women. This initiative is in collaboration with ayzh, USA.
i. TOMS Shoes
Children coming to school without proper shoes are vulnerable to be infected with hookworm, injuries and other infections. In collaboration with TOMS Shoes, USA, Karuna Trust has distributed a pair of new shoes to Anganwadi and School going children in the age group of 2 to 15 years in the entire Chamarajanagar District. This is of its kind in the district.