The year 2015-16 was significant in INGA Health Foundation’s existence.
We widened our network to reach out to even more children suffering from facial deformities, virtually laying a new foundation: wherein we extended from addressing children from a limited geographic spread to a progressive pan-India footprint.
This expansion initiative has not come a day too soon. India accounts for the second largest population in the world, an approximately a sixth of humanity. About 1in 500 Indian children suffers from cleft lip and palate deformity; one in every 2000 Indian children suffers from craniofacial deformity; the accretion to the Indian patient pool is nearly 75,000 children a year; the number of surgery professionals that can address Cleft lip and Palate is no more than 500 and most of these professionals are spread across India.
Less than 10 professionals address complex craniofacial deformities, and they are located mainly in the metros.
The need of the hour is to train more surgeons in addressing this deformity; enhancing awareness on the subject that makes it possible to attract donors; in drawing hospital owners to allocate a part of their infrastructure to this cause and working with like-minded complementary service providers to strengthen the overall eco-system.
During the year under review, INGA Health Foundation reinforced its infrastructure platform and focused on training surgeons and volunteers. Besides, the Foundation reached out to some of the largest industrial houses to mobilise growth capital that would help create dedicated surgical centres in large population clusters. The Foundation raised over Rs. 26.75 million to support programmes and operations.We believe that the initiatives of the last financial year will translate into enhanced care, competence and competitiveness.
Over the last few years, INGA Health Foundation emerged as the only entity of its kind to execute craniofacial surgeries, treating over 500 cases annually and delivering quality surgical care to children from underserved communities. A lot of this credit goes to visionary surgeon Dr. Krishna Shama Rao, the only specialist to work in this challenging space in India.
A landmark initiative during the year under review was our engagement with Operation Smile. This collaboration will make it possible for INGA Health Foundation to scale its capacity to treat children with facial deformities.We started a facility in Navi Mumbai on 5th November 2015 to cater to the needs of these children.
The Foundation plans to tie up with like-minded institutions to reach Asha centres, empowering INGA Health Foundation to reach remote rural pockets. INGA Health also seeks global accreditations (ISO certification) to enhance process consistency that reinforces our reputation as a processdriven organisation. It is enlarging the fraternity of doctors in the field of cleft and craniofacial surgeries, empowering it to reach more patients. It is extending its footprint to West Bengal, Northern India, North Eastern India and Tamil Nadu during the current year.
We believe that given our momentum, we will train more doctors and surgeons, empower children to lead healthy lives and make the world a hopeful and better place.
Mr. G. Shiva Ganesh
INGA Health Foundation
Collaboration with Operation Smile Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity, provides free life-changing surgeries for children with cleft lips, cleft palates and facial deformities. Operation Smile has treated more than 22,000 patients across 24 cities between 2002 and 2015.
The collaboration will focus on training (surgical and non-surgical) for surgeons in Bangalore, Srinagar and Mumbai. A detailed curriculum will grow the medical fraternity in the cleft and craniofacial surgery spaces. The collaboration will empower INGA Health Foundation to establish a global platform that provides free services in this area of facial deformity on the one hand and attract like-minded global doctors towards its cause on the other.
Tie-up with MGM Hospital
In 2015-16, a cleft and craniofacial surgery unit was started at MGM Hospital, Kamothe, in partnership with the Foundation and MGM Institute of Health to address a large rural patient population in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Some 85 patients had undergone free and successful surgery until 30 June 2016.
INGA Health Foundation received Rs. 26.59 million support from several business houses including TATA Group, Great Eastern Shipping Corporation, HDFC and Glaxo Smithkline, an index of the trust inspired in the cause and governance.
The INGA Health Foundation vision is to commission a comprehensive surgical centre in each Indian state to treat deserving children free and emerge as a centre of first recall. INGA Health Foundation forged longstanding arrangements with 3 hospitals across 3 states (Karnataka, Maharashtra and J&K).
The Foundation performed craniofacial surgeries in Sita Bhateja Hospital (Bangalore), which is among the best equipped in infrastructure in the country comprising dedicated neurosurgical operation theatre with Neuro Navigation System, well equipped ICU, Fibre Optic Intubating facility and Nas Endoscopy equipment.
The Foundation commissioned a dedicated facility in Navi Mumbai comprising one operating theatres, three laboratories and five trained doctors.