I am Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi from Bangalore. I am happy to share about my social initiative: Matru Siri Foundation Activities
The incident which triggered my desire to start this foundation was… One day, almost seven years also, I was driving on the busy road to Hosur, when I witnessed an accident. The injured person was left bleeding on the road without any medical attention. Unfortunately, no one came forward to help him. At that moment, I felt that being a doctor, it was my moral responsibility to help him and fortunately I had a first aid fit in my car. I provided him the necessary care.
This incident had a very deep impact on me as I realized that there are many such people who need such medical attention and are not getting the same at the right time. That is when I decided to dedicate my time to service of people who lack access to even the basic health facilities. This motivated me to start the NGO and provide free healthcare to people.
As you know, for any good initiative we need a team and the first problem I faced was gathering volunteers who had the same bent of mind. We started with a team of doctors who were my close friends and relentlessly pursued the camps in spite of lack of resources but with a strong will to help people. Soon word spread, and many others joined us in this noble initiative.
Healthcare is basic fundamental right and not a privilege and India lacks in the same. Hence, as a solution to provide free or low cost medical help to people from economically backward class, I started this NGO. We conduct medical camps regularly every week. We adopt government schools, old age homes, slums and construction sites and provide help to the local community. We also provide first aid training, awareness about organ donation, and health talks.
The most important impact was that most people did not know what was their actual health problem. Earlier they used to neglect the problem or took self-medication and then wait to recover. After our camps, they were aware of what their actual problem was and got the right medication at a low cost. Also, this had an impact on their income as they were healthier and would be more effective at work and also did not miss work on any day due to illness.
So far, we have organized around 700 medical camps which have benefited around 30,000 patients around Bangalore by Mobile Doctor Clinic Project. We also have another Project called Vatsalya (Now renamed as Humanity Charitable clinic). We have started a noble scheme ‘Gift of Service’ which offers an opportunity for people to sponsor a medical camp at any old age home or a slum to mark special days such as birthdays, or anniversaries.
In the end, I would like to say to everyone reading this: Practice democracy! Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in election once in five years but when you volunteer, you vote every day.
Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi
Founder Matru Siri Foundation| Social Worker| Volunteering