In February 2002, IVC established a pilot project consisting of a curative program and a prevention program in one of the poorest areas of northern India. The curative program was to serve six to ten villages, with a total population of approximately 20,000. The prevention program began by serving one village. Both programs have since grown in all dimensions. We are now serving over 70 villages in our curative program and 48 villages in the prevention program.
International Village Clinic (IVC) is dedicated to bringing health and medical services to the poor villages of India. IVC is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization.
At our inception there were no adequate basic medical facilities in these villages. An effective vaccination program did not exist. With the nearest hospital 50 miles away and poor road conditions, it took villagers at least half a day to get medical care. Fewer than 5% of the villagers can afford to pay a city doctor's fee. As a result, most patients depend upon unqualified practitioners, which are many in these villages. IVC began making changes when we opened our doors on February 12, 2002.
Major health issues before IVC's arrival included:
IVC is making a difference. We have a long way to go.
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