Health Education Library for People - Community Health Research Programme Charitable Trust (HELP) is the worlds largest free health library. HELP was established to help patients better understand their health and medical problems in order to get better care in partnership with their doctors. They collaborate with other organisations like the Indian Confederation for Healthcare Accreditation, Disease Management Association of India, Patient Safety Alliance and many more.
Their services are as follows:
Improved understanding of medical conditions, diagnosis, disease, or disability: HELP gives patients education on preventive measures, treatment options, tests, procedures and medications. They help patients locate the meaning of difficult medical conditions, locate trustworthy websites to use to monitor diseases and help access information related to cancer support groups and NGOs which assist cancer patients.
HELP Talks: HELP talks are free community seminars held daily at the HELP Library in Mumbai. Recordings are uploaded on their website, and the CDs are available at their library.
Ask A Health Expert: The ‘Ask A Health Expert’ is a free online service that provides answers to health questions that people write in with.
Patient Education: HELP seeks out opportunities to share their professional expertise in providing understandable and credible consumer health information to the general public. They also present appropriate patient education materials and resources to healthcare providers. Their website also hosts material in multiple languages that can be downloaded for free.
Library Membership: HELP provides membership services to allow members to borrow material at nominal fees. This service is particularly useful for senior citizens researching their medical conditions who are unable to sit in their library for long periods.
Annual Conference: Their annual conference highlights issues and problems faced by patients in the country and discuss solutions to overcome them. HELP uses conferences and seminars to bring together people with shared values to create synergies for effective implementation of solutions.
Income Rs7 lac
Expense Rs14 lac
Source : Audit Report 2014
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