There is a vast disparity between the availability of urban and rural healthcare workers in India. Although 69% of India’s population inhabits rural areas, only 26% of doctors practice there. Urban India’s physician density is 14 physicians per 10,000 population, on par with many developed countries. Rural India’s physician density is 2 physicians per 10,000 population.

HMRI addresses this issue in two ways. First, we train rural healthcare workers to fill in gaps where they are needed the most. Second, we leverage cutting-edge technologies to reduce the need for highly skilled human resources in areas where they are scarce.

Through Health Information Helpline and Mobile Health Services , HMRI treats minor ailments at people’s homes. This decreases the minor ailment load on the public health system, transferring the focus of the public health system to more complex medical conditions.

Sources: Census 2011, Rural Health Statistics Bureau – March 2009, WHOSIS, DLHS 3, RHS Bulletin – March 2010, IPHS – 2010