RISHI VALLEY RURAL HEALTH CENTRE
RISHI VALLEY EDUCATION CENTRE, KRISHNAMURTI FOUNDATION INDIA
OBJECTIVE: To provide primary level health care for below poverty line rural families.
The Rishi Valley Education Centre has, for several decades, been providing basic health services to the nearest villages. Perceiving a need for a healthcare programme that would provide affordable, quality primary level health care for the rural poor, a programme was started in July 1999 when a doctor (an old student) joined the school with such an intent in mind.
This outreach activity finally took concrete shape in January 2001, with the training of an optometrist and setting up of an eye care programme. Over the years the Rural Health Centre (RHC) has added other programmes and facilities besides collaborating in research in the field of Public Health.
The RHC provides primary level health care to about 200,000 BPL (Below Poverty Line) people. 95% of the patients who access the RHC have income levels below Rs 48,000 pa
These families are resident in villages and hamlets of the Northern parts of Chittoor District, as well as from adjoining parts of Anantpur, Kadapa (YSR) district and Karnataka.