Anjan Saha wrote -
My name is Anjan Kumar Saha, a 4th year M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan Medical School. I am raising funds for a project to pilot a community based health screening service that will improve long-term health outcomes at the Grace Care Center in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
The Grace Care Center (GCC) is an orphanage and elder care facility based in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka that provides food, shelter and medical care to victims of a nearly three decade long civil war. GCC was founded in 2002 and is managed by the non-profit VeAhavta based in Ann Arbor, MI.
Hypertension is an increasingly prevalent public health concern in Sri Lanka, with studies estimating that nearly one third of the adult population in Sri Lanka is hypertensive. Limited access to quality healthcare and a lack of public health initiatives are major contributors to this growing problem. The goal of our community based screening service is to improve long-term health outcomes in the Trincomalee community by leveraging an existing telemedicine infrastructure already in place at the Grace Care Center.
I am hoping to make a trip to Sri Lanka this winter from December 23rd to January 6th with the hopes of laying down groundwork to launch a telemedicine based screening program. I am seeking funds for travel expenses and logistics.
While working in Sri Lanka, I will focus on 1) coordinating an educational meeting, whereby local Trincomalee community members will receive introductory exposure to the benefits of a modern hypertension screening service and 2) launching the first screening session, where doctors in the United States will coordinate the logistics of the session with the medical assistants on site via Skype, with a focus on taking and recording blood pressures.
All funds raised go directly to VeAhavta, a 501(c)(3) charity registered with the IRS. For financial info click here.
Any amount helps support a healthy future for the underprivileged. Please pass this fundraiser along to others who understand the need for improving access to care in underprivileged areas. (Simply cut and paste the web address for this page into an email or share on Facebook.)