by: Paul Clyde

Publication Date: December 13, 2012
Length: 52 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-221

Core Disciplines: Social Impact, Strategy & Management

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The Society for Education Welfare and Action-Rural (SEWA-Rural) was founded in 1980 in Jhagadia, Gujarat, India with the intention of uplifting the poor community by providing necessary healthcare services. Through a partnership with the state government and support from the local population, SEWA-Rural has grown into a hospital that helps serve about 175,000 individuals from several nearby villages. As demand continues to expand, the organization must consider how it can increase operations while providing the same quality of service.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Recognize the challenges in obtaining funding and operating health and development programs catering to poor populations.
  • Analyze the financials of a hospital receiving aid from the local government and serving a poor, rural community.
  • Identify how current challenges and opportunities facing an organization like SEWA-Rural can provide insight for future decision-making.