Turning Point Foundation (TPF) is a decade-old Delhi-based non-profit that has been addressing social health issues like drug abuse and HIV-AIDS in and around Delhi. TPF runs two rehabilitation centres in Alipur of Narela Taluka to provide necessary aid to drug-addicts and offers healthcare counselling to HIV-AIDS infected patients through awareness camps.
Sector & Positioning:
TPF is among the 33 non-profits registered in Delhi and the only one in Alipur offering rehabilitation services to victims of drug abuse. In the Taluka, it is the only non-profit offering a residential program with highest number of beds at the centre. TPF has two centres; a 40-bed facility that offers treatment at subsidized rates (Rs6,000/month) and a 20-bed facility for those who can absorb the entire cost of the treatment (Rs50,000/month). Yoga, therapy sessions, conducting household chores, discussing current affairs, playing indoor games, etc. are the activities performed on a daily basis to overcome addiction. During our visit to TPF’s rehabilitation centre, we found both centres were well maintained with nearly 100% occupancy. TPF is recognised for its quality on-treatment and aftercare services.
TPF is also mandated by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and Government of Haryana (GoH) to conduct awareness camps to prevent HIV-AIDS cases and to also provide medical aid to People Living with HIV (PLHIV). The collaboration was inked in FY10 for seven years.
Impact / Outcome:
TPF’s residential de-addiction program has benefited nearly 1,650 patients since 2002, with 65% success rate, i.e. 1,100 were fully cured and never consumed alcohol/drug post treatment at TPF’s rehabilitation centre. The program manager at TPF shared that world-wide the success rate for such cases has been around 3%-5% and further added that success in rehab cases is directly co-related to providing post-treatment counselling sessions. Repeat cases are 30%-40% each year. These are cases that come back for care after completion of six-month residential program. Under its NACO-GoH project, TPF annually reaches out to 800-900 individuals in Panipat.
TPF recorded 27% YoY increase in income in FY14. The increase in total income in FY14 was owing to rise in general donations (71% YoY), foreign contributions (53% YoY), government grant and service charges (27% YoY each). Service charges, classified as ‘income from own sources’, contributed nearly 50% of total income during FY10-FY14; suggesting continuity of cash inflow for the rehabilitation program. Well-diversified income sources help de-risk TPF from near term sustainability concerns. On the utilisation front, TPF’s spend on program activities doubled in FY14 to Rs4.9mn from Rs2.4mn in FY13, taking the total beneficiary spend on total expense to a new level of 83% v/s 75% during FY10-FY13. TPF’s admin-cum-20-bed centre is operated from the premises owned by one of TPF’s trustees.
Corporate Governance & Reporting Standards:
TPF’s board consists of eight members, most of them are practising doctors and social workers. The Board meets atleast once every quarter. TPF’s employs a total of twenty seven individuals and has about 23 dedicated volunteers. TPF’s audited financial statements and detailed beneficiary records are maintained manually and are in order. TPF is accredited by Credibility Alliance and is listed with Letzchange for fundraising purposes.
Many individuals still consider drinking alcohol/consuming drugs as an unspoken and a shameful taboo and therefore are often reluctant to send their addicted child/spouse/relatives to a de-addiction centre. TPF, thus has to invest time in educating and convincing the family members to send the addicted person to the centre for his overall well-being. The other challenges faced by TPF are: a) frequent delays from State Government to disburse sanctioned funds, and b) lack of support from corporate India.