Life is a treasure, and thus people who save it are revered and positioned next to God. Our society has always been very respectful towards doctors. They have been an integral part of our community for centuries. The continuous and ongoing inventions in science and technology has elevated medical science to a whole new level. But it has come at a price. Now the diagnosis, treatments, and medicines have become much more expensive.
The costly medical treatment is a massive blow for the poor around the world, especially in developing and third world countries. While the present health services mostly cater to the rich who can afford them, there are some doctors around the world, who are making it possible for the poor and the underprivileged to access these health care facilities. Let’s take a glance at some of them:
Prakash Amte and Mandakini Amte:
Dr. Prakash and Dr. Mandakini Amte are the son and daughter – in- law of Baba Amte, one of the most renowned social reformers of India. The couple has been providing free health care services to the tribal and the poor people of Hemalkasa, an isolated tribal village in Maharashtra, India. The couple has been treating the people for malnutrition-related diseases as well as for injuries related to wild animal attacks, and other orthopedic-related problems.
Around 45,000 people visit them for various treatments. Even people from neighboring states visit the famous couple. While funding was an issue initially, gradually financial help started pouring in, in the form of Swiss aids and from different NGOs.. They also have an animal shelter for the protection of various wild animals and a school providing free education for the tribal children.. Both of them have won so many awards worldwide, including the prestigious Magsaysay award in the year 2008. The selfless service provided by the couple towards the betterment of tribal and poor is genuinely praiseworthy.
Devi Shetty is a Cardio surgeon and the founder of Narayana health, a chain of multi-specialty hospitals across India. Heart surgeries can be very expensive. But due to his passion to help the poor, he provides heart surgery facilities at one-tenth of the cost to them. The innovative approaches he brings to the table help in cost-cutting.
He is also planning to reduce the prices further in the next decade.
Having done more than 15000 heart surgeries by himself, Devi Shetty also provides free healthcare services and operations for the poor. He has also started a famous low-cost health insurance scheme, known as Yesasvini, at just rupees 10 per month and presently, around 4 million people of Karnataka are part of this scheme. Famously known as the “Henry Ford of Heart Surgery,” Devi Shetty has won many awards including the Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan, The Third and Fourth highest civilian awards by the government of India for his benevolent efforts towards affordable healthcare services in India.
Dr. Azad Mopen:
Dr. Azad Mopen, a Physician, and a noted philanthropist is the founder of Aster DM Healthcare, a healthcare conglomerate. While his healthcare facilities provide jobs to around 10000 people across the world, it also provides treatment to 7 million. Under his leadership, MMM charitable trust has set healthcare centers near Vazhayur, Kottakkal in Kerala and adopted around 7000 underprivileged people providing them with free healthcare facilities. He has also set up a 32-acre campus at Karad, which offers free medical and nursing education to around 1100 students.
His foundation, known as Dr. Moopen’s Foundation, provides healthcare as well as educational facilities to needy people across the globe. He even distributed 20% of his wealth towards social changes all over the world. Apart from this, he involves himself with many other charitable activities worldwide related to cardiac surgeries, treatment for the underprivileged etc. He has been awarded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman as well as Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait:
Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait was a medical practitioner in gastroenterology and internal medicine and a philanthropist from Kuwait. During his practicing days, he involved himself with various medical researchers. It was his philanthropic activities that made him famous across the world. He has founded many charitable organizations, including the Africa Muslims Agency and Kuwait Relief Agency.
The Africa Muslims Agency was sub sequentially known as Direct Aid Society, which has been providing extensive healthcare facilities to the poor and underprivileged people across Africa. It has built around 124 hospitals, 840 schools and many women training centers, mosques and Islamic centers all over Africa. It also provided more than 200 scholarships to poor Muslim students for pursuing higher medical studies across Africa. He was also involved with drilling artesian as well as surface wells at the drought-prone areas of Africa and providing food, clothing, and medicines to the poor.
Gary K. Michelson:
Gary K. Michelson is an orthopedic spinal surgeon, a philanthropist from the USA. A billionaire and one of the wealthiest doctors around the world, he is the inventor of over 340 US patents, and approximately 950 patents worldwide related to orthopedics as well as instruments related to spine surgery. He has contributed immensely to the researches in spinal disorders and plays a crucial role in revolutionizing technologies and procedures involved in spine surgery.
While his reputation as a spinal surgeon is self–evident, it’s his philanthropic activities that have been carrying forward his legacy to help the needy across the world in the form of education, health care, research, and animal welfare. The Michelson Medical Research Foundation, founded by him, is a fully dedicated foundation towards the cause of better healthcare facilities for the poor across the world. He has also made generous investments in various social awareness programs.
His other charity based organizations like 20 Million Minds Foundation, Found Animals Foundation, etc. are dedicated to providing digital book services as well as animal welfare services across the world. He is a member of Giving Pledge, where the members donate a significant part of their wealth for the welfare of the society. He has won many prestigious awards worldwide including The Albert B. Sabin Humanitarian Award and The Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in the year 2015 for his relentless philanthropic activities towards social awareness and humanity.
With changing times, the use of technology and inventions to prevent and cure innumerable diseases has increased manifold. This has resulted in the increasingly expensive healthcare field to become into business. The relentless service and passion of these philanthropic doctors towards providing better healthcare facilities to people across the world irrespective of their socio-cultural position has made the world a better place to live in and has succeeded in keeping humanity intact.
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