At its temporary home in a community center adjacent to the Harrison Ferry Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, Isha Care will provide limited primary healthcare service with a focus on preventative and ongoing care as well as awareness programs. Physician services will be free of cost. Once Isha Care is re-established in its own, larger facility, the clinic will be able to accommodate additional volunteer doctors and nurse practitioners, as well as exam rooms and diagnostic equipment. Isha Care volunteer practitioners will conduct primarily patient examinations. In the future, the clinic plans to offer specialty and diagnostic clinics and educational seminars for patients.
Isha Foundation through its Action for Rural Rejuvenation project has been active in providing free medical care in rural areas of South India for the past five years, and recently also in Sierra Leone, Africa - all notably underdeveloped regions. But even in wealthy countries like the United States, affordable medical care is not accessible to everyone. Tennessee for example where Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is located, is at the bottom of the scale when it comes to the health of its residents, ranking 44th out of 50 states. With 800,000 Tennesseans uninsured and a growing incidence of diabetes, hypertension and obesity, the need to offer disease prevention programs and early diagnostic services becomes imperative.
As part of its overall effort to improve well being, the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences has opened Isha Care - a free medical clinic offering primary healthcare to the rural, uninsured and underserved populations of Van Buren, Warren and Sequatchie counties. With the support and assistance of many community leaders and numerous area businesses, Isha Care Clinic officially opened its doors on 23 September, 2008.
Read more here: Isha Care Launch