California, USA (CU)_ The AAPI – American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, one of the major medical groups in the United States, initiated its “Adopt-A-Village” program to offer healthcare facilities to rural India by adopting native villages across India. According to the media, Indian consul generals from Chicago, New York, Houston, and Atlanta, as well as a deputy consular from San Francisco and the Indian ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, were among those who attended the virtual launch of the initiative last week.
The Adopt-A-Village project is a rural health mission in which the AAPI recommends adopting 75 villages in India to commemorate India’s 75th year of independence. As part of the initiative, people will be provided free health tests for diseases such as anemia, obesity, renal disease, and cholesterol concerns, among others. The findings will then be analyzed by GTC, and follow-ups will be carried out. According to the report, the AAPI program would team up with Telangana’s Global TeleClinics and would support and focus on communities in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
According to Dr. Satheesh Kathula, chairman of Adopt-A-Village initiative, India is home to around 7,00,000 villages, which house a large portion of the country’s underprivileged people. He addressed the necessity for safe drinking water and sanitary services for the rural poor. He said that these small initiatives can bring some improvements in people’s lives. He said, “By adopting one village at a time and working with the government and NGOs, NRIs can make a difference”.
According to the AAPI leadership, by adopting and sponsoring their home villages in India, NRIs may assist in the advancement of their home states. Several physicians such as Dr. Jagan Ailinani and Dr. Suresh Reddy, the previous president of the association, have already initiated their work to help their native communities. The project is being viewed as an effort by these doctors of Indian descent to give back to their homeland.