Sujay Santra

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2015
Related TopicsHealth & Fitness, Health care


This profile was prepared when Sujay Santra was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Sujay Santra is changing the current healthcare paradigm of doctors merely treating illnesses, to one where doctors, local NGOs, local businesses and academia work together to identify endemic health issues in communities and design holistic disease prevention solutions, including sanitation, hygiene and nutritional components, that end the disease from its root cause.

Through his in-house developed low cost data analysis technology, deployed in the public health system, or through his own chain of low cost clinics in the remotest areas where there is no public health system, Sujay diagnoses the most common illnesses in communities. By closely shadowing the lives of the villagers and community immersion, Sujay’s team observes the ingestion habits, hygiene and sanitation practices and lifestyle of the community members, to identify the root causes of the endemic diseases in the communities. In addition, Sujay partners with existing organizations globally who have designed solutions for the root cause problems, adapts them to the rural Indian context and implements them in the community, in collaboration with local NGOs and businesses.

Using the evidence based evaluation metrics of improved health parameters of the communities through this model, Sujay is lobbying to change national health policies to make holistic healthcare solutions that treat the root cause of diseases, rather than just treat individual illnesses by medicine or surgery, the accepted paradigm of healthcare in India.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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