Severe Lack of healthcare professionals
It is common for schools in rural India to lack basic infrastructure such as toilets, running water, and electricity. Students in control schools missed on average, more than 20 days of school per year due to diarrhea and dysentary alone. 1 out of 2 children were infected with intestinal parasites, nearly 40% of these children suffered from iron deficiency anemia, and many struggle with undiagnosed developmental delay, chronic illness, and behavioral issues.
The remoteness and the difficult terrain of rural India leaves a void in healthcare access with doctors and hospitals located in central cities hours away by car. Populations of 50,000 or more people spread across a large region can at times be served by one doctor.
Logistically, an underlying problem is a severe lack of local healthcare professionals working in these remote communities.