While the economic boom over the past decades has improved peoples’ lives, it has brought about a host of ‘lifestyle diseases’ such as diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and other stress-related ailments. Moreover, an increase in the types and intensities of communicable diseases caused by mutant and antibiotic-resistant organisms has exacerbated the health risks to a great extent.
In India, we face an additional burden in the form of lack of sanitation, inadequate medical facilities and lack of trained medical professionals to cater to our entire population. While most of the urban areas are adequately covered, it is the semi-urban and rural areas which are deprived of contemporary medical practices. With the penetration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), we have a channel through which we can provide effective mentoring to individuals in organizations and educational institutes.