Mr Gopi Gopalakrishnan, president, WHP
Founded in 2008 by its current president, Gopi Gopalakrishnan, WHP is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It has been extensively involved with the health and reproductive services across India. In partnership with Bihar government, BMG foundation launched comprehensive health care projects for the state two years back. World Health Partners, will be engaging with informal and formal
providers in your districts to improve management of TB, Kala-Azar, childhood diarrhea and pneumonia. Here is Mr Gopalakrishnan answering queries from the BioSpectrum's Rahul Koul:
Q: Brief about the World Health Partners (WHP) and its activities in India?
World Health Partners is a non-profit Indian society which is focused on reaching good quality health and family planning services to rural cotreatment relative to a patient's income.
With low-cost innovation, cheap mobile handsets and more ‘inclusive' solutions filling in crucial gaps in health information and access, technology has a potential to grow capacity in this sector tremendously. In public health, information management and communication processes are pivotal, and are facilitated or limited by the availability of information. For instance, e governance has been institutionalized, via ways in which the use of ICT is becoming a norm for various government departments.
Health information plays a key role in determining how these challenges are met. Add to these the long list of brick-and-mortar infrastructure gaps, capacity building, training of health professionals who are ICT-illiterate, and the lack of primary healthcare staff, and it is easy to see why the Indian healthcare sector offers an array of opportunities for low-cost innovation and the application of technology for improving health outcomes. WHP's approach addresses the perennial problem of the inability to reach rural and vulnerable communities with essential health services.
Q: How are you utilizing the latest advances in diagnostics and medical technology to establish large scale, cost-effective health service networks?