Pemakö Health Initiative (PHI) was founded on the belief that every family has the fundamental right to have access to healthcare, clean water, and for every woman to have a clean and safe birth experience. By addressing these essential needs, lives will be saved and drastically improved. Pemakö or “Lotus Array” is a small region located in the remote and isolated Himalayan Mountains in the northeast State of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
The Pemakö Health Initiative, Inc. (PHI) was established in May 2010 with the primary goal to provide much needed health services in the region to improve the survival rate, and overall health of the local women, children, and families. Pemakö compares poorly with the rest of India and its neighboring states with respect to most health care indicators. Most healthcare facilities are not well equipped with basic infrastructure such as permanent facilities, trained providers, modern equipment, and life saving drugs.
A volatile border has resulted in less development of critical infrastructure and more disruption of services than neighboring states. Inhospitable terrain and low population density make delivery of health services challenging. Villagers travel up to 12 hours by foot to access health care in Tuting. With serious illnesses, the villager must travel 2 to 3 days to reach a District Hospital in Pasighat or to a Regional Hospital in Assam State.
Approximately 360,000 die each year from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth with the majority living in developing countries. Every 20 seconds a child dies from causes related to poor sanitation. More children die from diarrhea – often from pathogens in unsafe drinking water – than AIDS, malaria and measles combined (The Rotarian May 2012).