Abbott has made a commitment to upgrade 75 Primary Health Centers (PHCs) across nine states in India to Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) through its partnership with the Americares India Foundation, which is a relief and development organization focused on health. The effort is supported by an Abbott grant of $2.4 million and will serve approximately 2.5 million people from under-resourced communities annually. So far, 16 PHCs serving 500,000 people have been upgraded as part of the first phase of the program. The remaining 59 PHCs will be updated by early 2024.
This effort will expand access to low-income populations for prevention, treatment and care and improve “awareness of health and wellness,” according to Abbott.
Jasraj Virdi, Global Citizenship and Sustainability Director, Abbott, said, “In line with our 2030 Global Sustainability Plan, we intend to expand affordable access to healthcare by delivering innovative, decentralized models of care that advance prevention and early diagnosis, and provide quality treatment and care. Strengthening local health centers to be well-equipped to meet community healthcare needs is a step in this direction. And these centers will also play an integral role in supporting the government’s health initiatives to ensure the delivery of quality primary healthcare that is affordable, equitable and sustainable.”