$8 Million in Advanced Surgeries and Oncology for People in Poverty
India is the second most populous nation on earth. This means that India’s health problems are the world’s health problems. And by the numbers, these problems are staggering – 41 million cases of diabetes; 60% of the world’s incidences of heart disease. And yet, according to the World Health Organization, a majority of the top 10 causes of death in India are both treatable and preventable. The gap is not in our ability to treat, cure and prevent, but in our willingness to do so.
Since 1998, our healthcare institutions have provided totally free care to more than 2.6 million poor people throughout India. In honor of Amma’s 60th birthday, AIMS, our tertiary care hospital in Kochi, Kerala—will provide $8 million in advanced healthcare procedures, including totally free kidney transplants, cardiac surgeries and cancer treatments. People living beneath the poverty line will be given first priority.