Bridging the accessibility
to affordability gap in
public healthcare across
cancer, diabetes, TB, mental
health and primary care

ACT For Health

The Challenge

According to a study by The Lancet, India ranks 145 among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare – patients are either never diagnosed or diagnosed too late.

There is a lack of public awareness on health, basic healthcare facilities are often not accessible and even when they are, the quality of care is well below global benchmarks. Quality medical care offered by private medical establishments is not affordable by many and there is a limited number of healthcare workers available to serve the needs of such a large population.

6 Cr

People fall below the poverty line every year due to healthcare expenses

1 in 4

Cases of tuberculosis in the world occur in India

60%

of sudden deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases like cancer & diabetes

1 in 5

Indians suffer from some form of mental illness

The healthcare ecosystem in India is plagued with supply side constraints which can be addressed with disruptive innovations which can make it more accessible and affordable for patients across socio-economic spectrums.

Our Thesis

ACT For Health aims to improve access to quality and affordable healthcare in the areas of primary care, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis and mental health.

The 100 Cr fund will support digital/medtech/deeptech innovations in these spaces and focus on deployment ready solutions in the realms of tele-medicine, health coverage, capacity building, diagnostic tests, devices and implants.

Provide Catalytic Funding

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Support relevant solutions & platforms that are pioneering high-quality health-tech innovations

Build Capacity

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Leverage the ACT collective to support our portfolio organizations across key need areas like product & technology, network access, deployment support etc.

Enable Ecosystem Adoption

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Support NGOs and government stakeholders to integrate impactful market-tested innovations into public health programs

Our Portfolio

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Adagio VR

An digital health startup with a preventive well-being and behavioral change solution that leverages Virtual Reality (VR) to create impact.

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Basic Health Services

A primary health enterprise which will set up x-ray machines across 3 AMRIT Clinics in Udaipur and 1 PHC in Dungarpur district to enable timely and effective diagnosis of TB.

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C3 Medtech

A med-tech startup whose portable imaging devices can be attached to smartphones, allowing primary care providers to capture high-quality eye images & remotely consult with ophthalmologists.

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iKure

An aided tele-medicine platform used by doctors & community health workers to screen and monitor patients at their doorstep.

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Intelehealth

An open-source digital platform that empowers public health services to deliver affordable primary healthcare to rural communities through tele-medicine.

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MedPrime Technologies

A digital microscopy solution that allows pathologists to remotely analyze test reports for patients living in low-resourced areas.

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Navya Care

A simple digital user interface through which non-clinical staff can enter and map patient data to NCG and NCCN guidelines to enable quick & low-cost second opinion cancer care.

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Niramai

A portable low-cost, radiation-free and privacy aware device that helps detect early stage breast cancer with a high rate of accuracy.

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Open Healthcare Network

A tele-medicine platform that enables critical care specialists to virtually connect with doctors in rural districts across 7 states.

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Periwinkle Technologies

A handheld AI-powered device which helps detect cervical cancer without the need for electricity or extensive training of frontline workers.

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Saathealth

An AI powered app that helps low-income families get easy access to credible health information and make timely healthcare decisions.

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Swasth Alliance

A collaborative platform that’s building Health Claims Exchange - an inter-operable, health benefits network covering the continuum of care.

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Wysa

An advanced conversational AI chatbot for mental health that leverages cognitive behavioral therapy and will also be accessible through WhatsApp.

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A service innovation that enables the transition from the fee-for-service model to a fee-for-value model, facilitated by community health workers and the use of technology.

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An AI-led app that records cough sounds and decodes unique cough signatures to detect the possible presence of pulmonary tuberculosis.

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A comprehensive diagnostic test kit that can be integrated with the eSanjeevani tele-medicine platform at the PHC level.

What We’re Looking For

If you’re a social entrepreneur building an innovative health-tech solution for Bharat, we want to hear from YOU!

Here is a quick checklist that’ll help you understand what we’re looking for and whether your product / solution would be eligible to be evaluated for a grant:

  • Tech First
    Should leverage technology to expand reach and enable easy access as well affordability on healthcare.

  • Made For Bharat
    Should be specifically designed to cater to the healthcare needs of low-income and underserved communities.

  • Evidence Of Learning Impact
    Should have demonstrated potential to create significant impact on health outcomes in one of our focus areas.

  • Potential For Scale
    The model should have high potential for scale over the next 3 to 5 years.

  • Roadmap To Sustainability
    Must have a clear roadmap to grow sustainably beyond ACT’s support.

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