Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010
This description of Ashwin Naik's work was prepared when Ashwin Naik was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Dr. Ashwin Naik, the co-founder and CEO of Vaatsalya, aims to provide affordable and quality healthcare services to India’s underserved, rural, and semi-urban populations. The success of his health care service company has demonstrated the viability and potential of small-medium sized private hospitals to efficiently serve impoverished citizens in India. Furthermore, Ashwin is working to make these hospitals magnets for the growth of the service economy, especially in sectors such as pharmacies, diagnostic labs, and medical-related training.
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Vaatsalya provides direct care through 9 hospitals in small towns, catering to more than half a million customers per year with a cumulative impact of more than 3 million people to date. More importantly, Vaatsalya is establishing a new industry of rural healthcare in India which is now accepted as the new normal.

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