In 1996, the Karnataka State Government handed over the management of Gumballi PHC to the Trust as a unique and pioneering example of Public-Private Partnership in health care. This partnership allows civil society to engage with the government to help reach the unreached to provide comprehensive primary health care. Mother and Child Health care (RMNCH+A), Communicable (Tuberculosis, Malaria, Dengue, Leprosy, HIV) and Non Communicable (Blindness Control, Epilepsy and Mental Health, Diabetes and Hypertension) important components provided free of cost. The standard features of a model PHC managed by Karuna Trust are :
- Total responsibility of Preventive, Promotive, Curative and Rehabilitative Health Services to 20,000 to 30,000 population
- 24×7 emergency/casualty services
- Out Patient and Five to Ten bed in-patient facility
- 24×7 labour room and Essential Obstetric Care facilities
- Minor operation theatre facilities
- Availability of essential medicines and laboratory tests.
- Management of sub centers attached to the PHC
- Community Participation through strengthening VHSNC’s and PHC Committees
The success of Gumballi PHC and its impact as a “Model PHC” have enabled the model to scale up in collaboration with State Governments and throught CSR initatives. Karuna Trust manages Health facilities at the following places : Karnataka 34, Arunachal Pradesh 11, Meghalaya 11, Manipur 3, Orissa 8. Rajasthan 13.