What Has AMRIT’s Impact Been?
AMRIT Clinics have progressively received an increasing number of patient-visits over the years; in some of the remotest and most underserved areas, cumulatively, the clinics have received 22,000 patient-visits. Of these visits, 2,667 (12%) are children under five and 11,844 (55%) are women.
In addition to the above, there is also a significant impact on the financial protection of the patients. There are two ways in which families could become financially more stable because of primary health care services: Firstly, seeking care from the low cost health services means they spend much less on health care than if they had sought care from an alternate source. Secondly, the improved health outcomes also translate in the short term in increased incomes, by resuming work. For the community, we estimate a collective savings of about Rs 5 million over two years, from accessing inexpensive curative services alone. There are several instances of people with chronic illnesses such as TB and HIV returning to work after completing the treatment.
For detailed examples, see the following case studies: