Hyderabad: Helping Hand Foundation (HHF), the NGO has brought thousands into the fold of government healthcare, thanks to the Zakat charity online crowdfunding from the Muslim community every Ramzan.
HHF founder Mujtaba Hasan Askari said their volunteers have become an extended family to needy patients and counsel patients in government hospitals on family planning, immunisation, domestic violence, social stigma, etc.
“They provide emotional and social support to patients, and the efforts are making a huge difference to improve public trust in government healthcare, which is vital for long-term sustainability and well-being of the marginalised sections,” he said.
According to a recent survey done by HHF, there is a public health crisis in the principal minority community in Hyderabad, and more so in the Old City. The burden of infectious diseases as well as non-communicable diseases are very high, the survey said.
This led to borrowing of money from private lenders at a high interest rate, further exacerbating poverty issues in the community, the survey said. Askari added the primary goal of HHF was to bring about better awareness of government healthcare benefits among the public.