Last Updated:  05/06/2020

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Project Pitch By: Ekam Foundation


Proposed Project Title

Save a Child


Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Hospital infrastructure, medical camps, surgeries, healthcare awareness & rehabilitation

Project Synopsis

The harsh reality of the Indian healthcare system is that the poor cannot afford many of the life-saving procedures that might save a child's life. Ekam helps children receive these procedures after it is clear that the public healthcare route is not feasible for the child. In 2017-18, Ekam gave a new lease of life to 677 children, for a budget of around Rs. 1.96 crore. These direct interventions save families from financial distress, and provide them with a better quality of life.

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Women
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 500 -1000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done

Proposed Project Description

No child should be denied the right to health care, under any circumstance - this is the key mantra of Ekam. The thin line between life and death is one which is very often dictated by the availability of resources. Dealing with life-threatening illnesses and medical situations in children is a harrowing and daunting experience for any parent. Out-of-pocket expenditure and the inability to pay for treatment add to their existing woes.


The ‘Save a Child’ program reaches out to and provides medical support to any child who needs us. Our team works round the clock to ensure that every child who is referred to us is treated in a caring and respectful environment. We begin by identifying children needing support, facilitating their treatment (including any miscellaneous expenses) until their discharge, counselling parents/guardians, and following up with the families after discharge, to ensure compliance with the doctor’s advice.


While always ensuring the right recourse for the child, leveraging existing resources within the public health infrastructure is Ekam’s priority at all times. Effective utilisation of insurance schemes and services provided by the government is one of our key focus areas. In 2017-18, we supported 677 children through the ‘Save a Child’ project, moving us one step closer to our vision.


Salient Features

  1. Direct medical support
  2. Direct impact of funds utilized in terms of lives saved
  3. Transparent and reliable process

About Ekam Foundation

Ekam was born out of a simple vision: no child should be denied the right to healthcare.

Ekam believes that any social problem requires a multi-pronged approach, and the way to realizing healthy and happy babies requires interventions in various ecosystems: healthcare, communities, and maternal health and well-being. Ekam works to strengthen public healthcare systems, not replace it.

Ekam also believes that healthcare is not a standalone component, but comprises several overlapping wellness indicators including, but not limited to, sanitation, waste management, education, and nutrition. Small, incremental shifts in several ecosystems have the power to snowball into major paradigm shifts.

Keeping this in mind, Ekam works with hospitals, mothers, communities, expectant mothers (and fathers), youth, and communities to help create better health outcomes. 

The 10+ years in the field has helped Ekam create a holistic flagship initiative for health and well-being: The Sustainable Well-Being Initiative, which helps communities take ownership of public health and wellness services.


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