PRASHO, a non-profit organization launched in the city, focuses on improving people’s health

PRASHO, a non-profit organization launched in the city, focuses on improving people’s health


Hyderabad,26th December 2023. The city’s well-known healthcare professionals and leaders in Public Health R Govind Hari, Dr Ranga Reddy Burri and Prof GVS Murthy have joined together with a couple of other healthcare professionals to launch PRAGYAAN SUSTAINABLE HEALTH OUTCOMES FOUNDATION (PRASHO), a Not-For-Profit Section 8 Enterprise.

Some of the Public Health Care leaders who graced the launch include Mr Zelalem Taffesse, UNICEF Chief of the field office for AP, KARNATAKA and Telangana; Dr Krishna Reddy, Access Health; Dr Jagannath, Director Oncology Continental Hospital; Dr Raghunath Professor MNJ (MNJ Cancer Hospital & Radium Institute); Dr Gopichand, CEO of Star Hospital; Dr Bhaskar Rao, Chairman KIMs Group of Hospitals; Dr Salil, ex-UN AIDS – Deputy Chief SouthEast Asia; Dr Ramji Singh, Director AIIMS Calcutta; Mr Raghunath, Director of Continental hospitals; Dr Sivaranjani, Pediatrician Magna Clinics

Speaking at the launch on Friday night at Gachibowli, R. Govind Hari, Chairman of the foundation and who is also an advisor on health to the Government of Andhra Pradesh said, PRASHO is conceptualised to tackle unique challenges that often go unnoticed yet wield immense power to shape the health and well-being of our communities.

Our focus will be on antimicrobial resistance, mental health, and the often overlooked yet critical area of public health. PRASHO stands for preventive health and evidence-based practices. We extend support to people with disabilities and vulnerable groups, ensuring they receive the healthcare they deserve.

Prof GVS Murthy renowned as one of Stanford’s top 2% researchers, as well as the master collaborator in the realm of health care and who has contributed to health care for four decades said that their mission through PRASHO is to lead a transformative shift in health care social development by generating, synthesising and promoting the utilisation of evidence-based interventions.

Our vision is to generate evidence to formulate interventions empowering individuals and communities to attain Quality, Equitable, Affordable Sustainable Positive Health, and Social Development Outcomes

False or misleading information, WhatsUp University, Google Dr. Health-related fake news on social media platforms has become a major social and public health problem. In this light of background, PRASHO felt the need to set up a Health Media Collaborative Centre. It aims to provide factual information for individual and community action to prevent disease and improve health. It will also empower communities to engage more effectively with the health system. A Series of invited talks, TED-like talks (MED Talks) from inspirational health etc.

Hospitals have heaps of data, which can be put to proper use. We plan to use Machine Learning and Data Analytics to decipher health trends and predict potential risks, he added. Validation of Technology, and building a stroke rehabilitation support system are some of the other initiatives of the PRASHO.

We don’t need more doctors or medical colleges. What we need is behavioural change which is more important than knowledge dissemination, observed a health care leader who was a participant.

Some of the suggestions and advice given to PRASO by the participants include focusing on the effects of nutrition, Gender and Climate change on healthcare; the importance of networking, resilience and preparedness for outbreaks and collaborations between clinic and public health research