- Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Dr K S Sanjivi, an eminent physician – scholar, who was greatly influenced by Gandhian thought and particularly by the philosophy of “Unto the Last”, envisaged and made available health and medical services to the poorest of the poor through the establishment of the Voluntary Health Services in 1958. The underlying ethos of VHS is that of prevention and cure of serious illness, fostering of the family as a unit for medical care, and facilitating active community participation in the provision of a continuum of health care, with special reference to disadvantaged groups such as women, children and elderly. VHS manages an extensive community health programme through 14 mini health centers located in the southern periphery of the city. VHS is managed by a Board of Trustees, a Central Committee and other functional Committees with eminent public personalities, community leaders, social workers, and philanthropists.
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