Ekam Foundation

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Ekam Foundation: Healthy Child Healthy Community

Chennai, IndiaIndia
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A not for profit organization which works to bring in the holistic well being of children and mothers in the world by bringing in a confluence of CCPP (Community, civil society organizations, public sector and private sector). Our aim is to complement the Government and not replace it.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if every individual of the community i.e., the public, government and relevant stakeholders feel responsible and take ownership to improve the health status of Children and Mothers?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

India is known for high maternal and child mortality and most of these deaths happen due to preventable causes. Compromised quality of Government health care delivery and unawareness are the main reasons for this heartrending situation. Since underprivileged mothers and children are the most common seekers of emergency medical help in Government Health facilities, they have fallen prey to this miserable situation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

1. To provide Direct Medical Support: 24/7 helpline attends to emergency medical requests for children and adolescents by bearing their medical costs, facilitating uptake of Government Insurance and Ekam's assurance schemes for Health. 2. Communitisation: Brings Public, Civil Society, public and private sector together to perform both service providing role and advocacy role to improve Health. Moreover, Ekam bridges the gaps in the existing health system (fills HR gaps, maintains Medical Equipments, skill up-gradation for Health staff, raise health awareness among public). 3. R&D: The team advocates policy recommendation to the public health system. Also monitors and suggests corrective measures for ongoing programs of Ekam.


1. The prestigious 'Narishakthi purashkar award' from the President of India (March 2015) 2.Global Health Award from New York
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A new born infant just 3 days old admitted at a remote village Government Hospital at Ramanathapuram, in the southern district of Tamil Nadu had severe breathing problem. When Dr.Sai went there during her casual visit, saw a Junior Nurse manually pumping oxygen to his lungs. She advised the Nurse how to do it. She found that the antibiotic was not given as per the chart & that there is no ventilator too in that Hospital. Immediately she spoke to that Doctor & with his consent, made arrangements to shift the child to the closest Private Hospital with ventilator support, which was 2 hours drive from that Village. This timely shift saved the Child’s life. The family thanked in the universal gesture of respect and gratitude.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

 8693 children were supported in the following categories:- • Hospitalization - 2071 • Medicines - 2516 • Lab Investigations - 3383 • Equipment - 698 • MRI & Others - 25  3,50,000 children have been screened through 1340 Paediatric camps  More than 150,000 people have been sensitized on health awareness.  From 16% of overall working medical equipments, Ekam scaled it up to 96% Sick New-born Care Units in2 states.  Tamil Nadu has shown ecline in IMR and MMR and is likely to reach MDG target. Projected Future Impact (by the year 2025):  Achieve the target for Maternal and Child Mortality in India- to reach the target of MDG in all the states wherever it will work/working.  increased health awareness among the community  Improved quality of Gov health care delivery  Private hospitals will provide low cost treatment  Better happiness index in the community

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In addition to the already explained solutions, the following strategies are currently on the move for achieving full impact: 1. Ekam has started involving Private medical sectors to provide no/low cost medical treatment to the poor. 2. Ekam's health assurance scheme: This assurance scheme will provide additional health coverage to all the enrolled under the following conditions: • For diseases and medical investigations not covered under any of the Govt schemes. • For treatment where the expenses exceed the fixed coverage under the Govt scheme.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Existing project relationships with the Government are healthily continuing with mutual understanding & our credential deliverables meets the expectation of the donors. Therefore we are stable and assured of our financial stability, as these donors have been associated with us for long, and we trust that these donors will liberally donate funds to EKAM in the future too. Also the Government too plays their role by bearing part of our budget.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are few number of NGO's which work for the welfare of children but Ekam has a unique 'CCPP model' (Community, Civil society organisation, Public and Private sector). This Model aims at liaising all the above sectors together to work for the well being of mothers and children. The founder wants every individual of CCPP to take ownership and accountability right from the grassroot level to improve the health status of mothers and children. Thus, Ekam strives for self obsolescence i.e.,once the community as takes the responsibility 'Ekam Foundation' may no longer be necessary.

Founding Story

During Dr. Sailakshmi's study period in Paediatrics, she encountered the distress of parents who were forced to watch their child die due to lack of funds to continue treatment. Due to the poor doctor-patient ratio 1:50, 2-3 sick babies would die every day. Babies would die due to absence of the simple medical equipments. These were the experiences that etched the power of life and death into her heart. The experiences of systemic inefficiencies, resource deficit, and child neglect resulting in preventable deaths brought Dr Sai to a decision, “We cannot lose one more child.” In 2007, Ekam, was birthed as a project.


As of now, the team has adequate staff with relevant qualifications in position with regard to the magnitude of the project and all the activities of the project are being carried out impeccably. The current team includes the visionary and founder of Ekam foundation, Dr Sailakshmi. Supporting her and the 'Ekam Soul Force Team' would be Trustees and experts ( consultants and advisors) in the field of finance, operations, HR and community activities. List of experts: • Mr BG Menon – Operations, Social audit , Financial and MOUs/agreements approvals • Mr Ravindran, Prathibha, Bala – Finance and Statuatory Management • Mr Francis Somerwell – Governance and Systems building, Knowledge, Research- Managing Central Data Repository System and Teaching/Training , Government Liaoning , Community Engagement, Corpus building, CSR-Fundraising. Marketing, Communications , Networking and Fundraising • Ms.Sashikala - HR, Staff empowerment, Social audits, Training and Processes Strengthening. Knowledge Transfer will be done by Soul Force CAD- TN (Full time): (Mr Rajesh, Mr Radhakrishna, Ms Neeta, Dr Ishwarya, Mr Charles, Mrs Sujitha,Mr Thiruppathi, Mr Mohan) The Soul Force CAD team will work under the guidance of the expert consultants (Part time) Mr.Francis, Mr.Bala, ( Supported by Dr.Vasantha, AMS, MSS, SRS, Mr Chetan, Nologo, Swami Associates, Mr Srinivasan) Audit is done by Advisors (Honarary): Mr BG Menon, Mr Ravindran, Mr Pratibha, Mrs Sashikala Supported by Board of Trustees: Mrs Latha Rajan, Mr Muthu Krishnan, Ms.Radhika Jain, Mrs Garima Agarwal, Dr.Sai Lakshmi Governed by External Auditors: • Statuatory and Financial Auditors: Kandasami Associates and Co. & • Social Auditors : CSIM and Abinavgram In the future more staff will be added depending upon the extent of the program.