GNRC Limited

Focus Area: Health Infrastructure

Solution: Increasing the pool of Swastha Mitras and expanding the fleet of ambulances to improve access to healthcare

Geography: Assam


GNRC Hospitals in Assam is a chain of private sector multi-specialty hospitals providing low-cost care under the Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY list of private hospitals. GNRC’s Swastha Mitras program has proven to be a catalyst for inclusion of low-income populations into organized healthcare. With SAMRIDH’s support, GNRC will accelerate expansion of this program and strengthenits impact by hiring and training an additional 3,000 Swastha Mitras (SMs) to cover villages that were not initially covered by the existing network of SMs.

The SMs will work towards increasing awareness on COVID-19 appropriate behavior, vaccinationand symptoms. SMs would also support the ASHA network by going beyond maternal and child health and assess general health needs in the population that they serve and increase health-seeking behaviour. In collaboration with the local public health authority, the Swastha Mitra will facilitate testing, tracking, isolationand treatment of patients as per the protocol. GNRC will alsodouble their fleet of rented ambulances– from their existing 40 units by another 40 – to facilitate transportation in various remote and under-served areas of Assam. Complemented with provision of transportation and discounted care services at the hospital, the program will deliver integrated healthcare to large populations that would otherwise remain untouched.