Health ATMs, with a stock of drugs and other medical essentials, can soon become a reality in rural parts of India with some state governments mulling setting up such kiosks through the public-private partnership mode.
The Wish Foundation, an NGO working in innovations in health, will soon begin a project in Rajasthan through which it will set up health ATMs in the countryside in partnership with the state government.
“While the Rajasthan project would begin from January, talks to begin such initiatives in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh are at an advanced stage,” said WISH Foundation CEO Soumitra Ghosh.
“We feel that primary health care is the main link in the country. We have a database of innovators in the health care sector and we try to implement their ideas after thorough laboratory checking,” he said.