Yeoman Service: At 17, Vishad Khanna launches Aushidi portal to provide free medicines to needy

In a typical inspiration story of what teenagers should emulate, the 17 year old Vishad Khanna, Class XII student of Delhi Public School has launched an online initiative, Aushidhi to offer free of cost medicines to the underprivileged lot.

Yeoman Service: At 17, Vishad Khanna launches Aushidi portal to provide free medicines to needy

At a time when the new age teenagers would be busy planning their holiday destination, Vishad Khanna, a 17 year young Class XII student of Delhi Public School in RK Puram Delhi has been untiring persevering to provide free of cost medicines to the underprivileged lot, certainly, a worthy thing to emulate.

Before embarking on this initiative, Vishad had comprehended the ground reality of the pathetic healthcare industry in India. According to the Lancet report, around 8.6 million deaths in lower and middle-income group happen each year, apparently because of the conditions treatable by healthcare, of which five million result from inferior quality of healthcare and 3.6 million from insufficient access to healthcare. Having realised this at this young age, Vishad has kick-started the online platform, Aushidi, which is providing free of cost medicines to the needy, precisely to overcome the problem highlighted by the Lancet report.

Ironically, India boasts of having one of the most thriving pharmaceutical industry. Despite that, research has proved that there is a certain level of lack of accessibility to affordable and essential medicines. With the giant pharmaceutical majors gaining foothold in developed countries like the US, when it came to the Indian market, the country is still not able to curb the prevailing mortality rate, thanks to the scantiness of medicinal care. That is where, this visionary leader, a student of Computer Science had come up with an innovative approach of rolling out an online endeavour, which essentially connects with the lifeline of needy, poor and sick patients with donors such as corporate entities, pharmaceutical giants and doctor fraternity. What is more, Aushidhi is pioneering in providing free medicines and health check-ups to those unfortunate section of the society, who badly wanted it but cannot afford it. Here is where, Aushidhi bridges the gap between free medicine provider and those who seek it.

Aushidhi provides space to the donors to register and list the medicines to donate. Likewise, the poor patients can browse through the website for the specific strength of medicine which they require from the list of medicines that are available and request for the delivery of the same. As soon as the person identifies the requisite quantity of medicine prescribed by their doctors and make requsition to despatch it to their address, the administration of the portal would immediately ensure that the said medicine reaches to the address mentioned in the request form. Aushidhi will collect medicines from the donors from the pharmaceutical firms, doctors and chemist shops, those medicines that are nearing the expiry date with excess stock. The patients can request their requisite medicines which are updated on the website catalog and Aushidhi will deliver the medicine free of cost. Furthermore, Vishad’s enterprise also organises several free health camps integrated with theatre shows, free medical health check-up and distribute free medicines.

How did he embark on this innovative project? “I always had the zeal to do something for the society. During my early teens, I understood the harsh reality of the healthcare industry in India where on one end we are excelling and growing exponentially, and on the other end, there are still people who don’t have access to even basic medication. I realized that pharmacies, doctors, clinics, primarily the suppliers of medicines have a large stock of medicines that are nearing expiry date. Hence, most consumers don’t end up buying them, and they are disposed off even before their expiry date. Therefore, there remains a huge stock of wasted usable-medicines. Aushidhi organises donations of those extra-medicines from the donors free of cost through its website, which generates a bridge between donors and recipients to engage with those in need through local doctors in slums, villages, etc. There is a catalog enlisting the available medicines. The persons in need can post their request for a medicine on the website. Aushidhi responds to their request and then delivers the medicines to the receiver at his given address, free of cost.”

Vishad, who is also the President of the Theathre Club of Delhi Public School, RK Puram, periodically holds theatre shows highlighting the preventive measures for life-threatening diseases such as cancer, AIDS, TB and more. The team, led by Vishad also conducts several camps in and around Delhi. Certainly, this is a great intiative by a teenager, which is worth emulation by the youth across the country. The Indian News wishes Vishad best wishes.