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Ekam Foundation

Founding Year, 2009
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Meet the NGO

On an average, three infants die every 2 minutes in India due to lack of access to clean water, sanitation, proper nutrition and basic health services, according to a report by the “United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation’(UNIGME).

With a desire to complement the government health system in overcoming this problem, Ekam has successfully identified the gaps within the existing healthcare system which proved fatal so far, especially concerning Infant and Maternal mortality. Each weak spot is addressed strategically with required inputs and community support.

In this war against pediatric deaths, people of the entire community are warriors. Ekam maintains its commitment towards the healthcare of neonates, children, adolescents and mothers from underprivileged communities through direct medical support, community awareness, empowerment and participation.

Apart from supplementing care at primary health centres and district hospitals, the foundation also provides services of equipment maintenance and staff training. It also extends logistical support to the hospitals by transporting patients to special hospitals in times of emergencies. In addition to this, several camps and empowerment workshops are organized to create awareness among adolescent girls, expectant mothers, and the community at large.

In 2018 the foundation entered into a partnership with Royal Enfield to improve the health and well-being of mothers and children in Kancheepuram in association with Chengalpattu Medical College.

Ekam, established in 2009, has reached out to over 1.08 million children and as many families through its multi-pronged initiatives in a span of 10 years. The founders and team members have been presented with various
awards as a recognition and appreciation of their excellent contributions to society.

Meet the Founder

Dr Sailakshmi

Dr Sai Lakshmi founded EKAM Foundation to fight a war against pediatric deaths. Born to doctor parents in Secunderabad, Miss Sailakshmi qualified as both a physician and a surgeon from Gandhi Medical College. She was on the path of being a changemaker since her teenage years when she volunteered in the rehabilitation and rescue process of people affected by the Gujarat earthquake in 2001 and the Bihar floods in 2008. While serving as a paediatrician in a Government hospital in Hyderabad, she was astonished at the poor condition of facilities especially for children and new mothers in postnatal care. The high mortality rate due to lack of basic resources deeply affected her. She had a similar experience in Chennai where infants and neonates would die in ICU due to heatstroke as they did not have air conditioning. These appalling situations made her resolve to bring a change in the healthcare sector. Miss Sailakshmi established the EKAM Foundation in 2009. It wasn’t an easy journey. There were a large number of children that needed special care but minimal amounts of available funds. Despite these unfavourable conditions, the compassionate leader managed to provide support to many patients and helped ease the discomfort of parents who could not afford quality health care for their children. The commendable efforts of Miss Sailakshmi were recognised by honouring her with The Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2015 by the then president, Mr Pranab Mukherjee.

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