Healthcare consulting feels meaningful after 3 weeks of working in India

Badami, Karnataka 2002As healthcare consultants in India, we work a lot with the government and institutions such as the United Nations to bring basic healthcare facilities to the poor. And by “basic” I really do mean basic – 24×7 support for deliveries, care for newborns, immunization clinics, emergency care, blood storage units, etc. Next week, I will make my first business trip to a village to assess a public hospital that serves thousands of people but may not have the ability to do c-sections.  Our deliverables – assess the hospital, develop a plan to offer the various kinds of care expected from district level hospitals, and finally execute the plan over the next few years.

In the U.S., our contributions felt more indirect and due to a mature market, the problems we attempted to solve were more “first world”. Our solutions probably affected fewer people and were incremental and evolutionary. In India, our contributions have the potential of being very impactful – bringing healthcare services where there weren’t any or dramatically raising the quality of care provided. The large population exponentially multiplies the effect of our successes or failures.

India is so different from the U.S.

Comments

3 local comments so far.
  1. Hey this is great stuff…good to see you enjoy working towards improving health care for the rural poor…and yes India is so different from the US!

  2. SS,

    I wish you self righteous bastards would just go home and leave our poor country and its lowly people to our devices. Since you approach India with such trepidation and condescion, I have a feeling you wont make it.  Its a pity the Raj is actually over…and Sahib and his Burra Memsahib cant really go back to the Imperial England, whose attitudes you embody so well…

  3. Akshay Mathur,

    Welcome to this feeling!

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