Health care began at a minimal cost to 5 lakh people of 150 villages around Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh. The 200 bedded Ravi Prakash Siliconandhra Sanjivani hospital started its services on Sunday, 6th January 2019. Medical equipment had been set up and doctors from USA and India are all set to offer their services for free.
Andhra Pradesh Assemby Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad as Chief Guest inaugurated the Central lab. Basavatarakam Cancer hospital Medical Director Dr. Subrahmanyeswar Rao ,Siddharta Medical College Alumni President Dr. Srinivas, Secretary Amarnath, many NRIs and Pamarru MLA Kalpana attended the Mega Health Camp.
Age has not deterred Kuchipudi woman Mandava Bala Tripura Sundari who is nearly 70 yrs old to collect a whopping 70 lakh from each and every household. She too donated one lakh to the hospital.
Today the surrounding villages of Kuchipudi have a multi speciality hospital and the people will no longer have to depend on Vijayawada hospitals which used to be the closest delivering health facilities to them. The six floors of Sanjivani hospital with a total area of one lakh sq ft was completed in record time and inaugurated on 18th October 2018 – Vijaya Dasami day. Silicoandhra founder Kuchibhotla Anand and TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash efforts were lauded for bringing hi-tech health care to the doorsteps of the needy.
Sanjivani hospital has been built completely with crowd funding. Many locals from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich contributed from a mere hundred rupees to a few crores . Through the Ravi Prakash Foundation TV9 CEO donated Rs. 4 crore for construction. NRIs across many countries pitched in funds to help for the philanthropic cause.
In the history of broadcast journalism in India for the first time a crowd funding campaign was taken up by TV9 news channel. Through many hours of non-stop LIVE telecast seventeen crore was raised. The entire campaign on TV was done in collaboration with Siliconandhra.
Siliconandhra is a non- profit, non- political, non- religious, cultural and community organization that promotes art and dance among the Telugu speaking people in the US.