Global Grant – Mobile Medical Unit (Host Club – RC of Davangere South)



It is estimated that 50% of the world's hemophilia population lives in India, with at least 70% undiagnosed - lacking access to basic knowledge about bleeding disorders. This congenital disorder, mostly afflicting men is a complex blood disorder that causes repeated bleeding into joints, bones and muscles, leading to permanent joint deformities, arthritis, and muscle atrophy. These individuals may suffer from joint pain, loss of range of motion and crippling musculoskeletal deformity and disability that impair quality of life and lead to mental health issues. Bleeding in soft tissue and organs is not easily diagnosed and often fatal.

In the city of Davangere in the state of Karnataka, the Karnataka Hemophilia Society (KHS) was founded in 1988. It started as an in-patient 10-bed hospital & clinic, with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy room for patient treatment, and an area for staff training and educational services. KHS has identified and registered urban and rural 800 patients at this facility. Needed multiple units of blood to serve his patients, KHS obtained a license to set up a blood bank with a diagnostic laboratory to identify and separate it into its components on site.

Finding that not all registered patients came in for ongoing treatment, especially lower income people from the rural areas, Rotary Club of Davangere determined after a needs assessment that in order to expand these services, treatment needs to be made available closer to the patients, especially those who are particularly disadvantaged as health and transportation services are limited.

Our host partner club, the RC of Davangere South designed a project to provide onsite treatment at the onset of bleeding before complications occur. and medical providers can also train caregivers on exercises and physical therapy needed to allow the patient to continue a fairly active lifestyle in between drug treatments. To enable these emergency services, this project provided a fully equipped mobile medical unit to the non- governmental organization, Karnataka Hemophilia Society [KHS], to improve healthcare delivery to patients with hemophilia that live within a radius of 100 km [65 miles] of Davangere.  The object of this global grant included purchase and outfit a mobile unit for: [1] emergency onsite treatment; [2] transportation to the KHS Clinic for continued treatment. KHS will also have the capacity to [3] conduct blood donation drives in the expanded area and [4] educate the population about Hemophilia.

The total budget for the project was $41,400.