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THEIR first clinic, which started in 1999 in RK Puram, New Delhi, serves 53,000 registered patients, mainly residents of nearby slums. Chikitsa now have three base clinics, two in the capital and another in Gurugram where they are headquartered. Each has a general physician and medical specialists – including a paediatrician, gynaecologist, dentist, physiotherapist, ophthalmologist and homeopath – who attend on a rotating basis. The per patient expenses come up to ₹500.
KIWANIS are a global organisation of volunteers who strive to change the world one child and one community at a time. In collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of New Delhi, Chikitsa run a weekly artificial limbs centre at their base clinic in Gurugram, providing and fitting free limbs – such as the Jaipur Foot and Pune Foot – for the urban poor in the surrounding areas. The centre has served 2,711 people till date.
TO spread the reach of their work, Chikitsa conduct 11 satellite clinics in Gurugram and New Delhi. These provide free consultation services of a general physician and free medicines. Each satellite team also includes a pharmacist, an ambulance driver and a health worker who liaise with the community and alert the team of any patients who require attention but cannot attend the clinic. Last year these clinics treated 39,136 people. Complete patient costs come up to ₹1000 per patient
I’m not educated and I don’t know the name of this organisation. But I’ve been coming here for 15-20 years as I have trouble breathing and require regular medication which is free. The doctor explains about the medication and we are treated with dignity.
My neighbour told me and my daughter about Chikitsa clinic. We’ve only been in Delhi for eight months, my family came looking for work. The doctor takes a lot of care and all good medicines are available for us here. I don’t know where else we could go.
- Udai Malhotra Trustee
- Col RS Malik (Retd) Chief Operations Officer
- Dr. Suresh Raina Senior Medical Adviser
- Yogender Kumar Sharrma Finance Manager