About Us

Our Values

In Sanskrit, Pratit refers to a passion or conviction to make genuine change. With this guiding principle, Pratit was founded in June 2007 as a humanitarian not-for-profit organization dedicated to holistic community level development in underserved urban communities. These indigent areas are plagued by poor infrastructure, low literacy levels, and a heavy disease burden. Our project sites are concentrated in urban slums of Northern Kolkata and villages in the surrounding vicinity.

In July 2010, a research team from from the University of Pennsylvania carried out a World Health Organization Needs Assessment Survey. The results of this needs assessment identified demographic inequities, limited access to doctors, limited healthcare facilities, insufficient medicines, high cost of health treatment, and poor public hygiene which confirmed the need for our presence in the specific region.

Our organization’s activities target the fundamental causes of poverty, namely:

-Lack of health care,

-Lack of quality education

-Lack of economic development

Our Mission

Our main objective is to empower high need communities through building local partnerships and bringing global perspectives to tangible implementation. We achieve our impact by promoting social empowerment through a Community Based Development model. Our mission focuses on four pillars:

1) Comprehensive Primary Care

2) Education Aimed at Self-Reliance

3) Sustainable Economic Development

4) Research for Service

In our approach, we alleviate poverty by working to develop constructive and scalable local solutions. At its core, Pratit’s mission involves a grassroots movement of local physicians, community health workers, civic leaders and educators who work to provide comprehensive primary care health clinics in severely indigent slum communities. The clinics are supplemented by educational programs to spread health awareness and empower community members to be self-reliant. We are working hand in hand with local civic leaders to develop social business models that can generate revenue and help sustain our welfare projects. For instance, we aim to build a world class primary health center that will serve all sections of society and ideally produce earnings that can be re-invested to fund our clinical operations in slum areas. To ensure that we exercise the best practices for our communities, our fourth pillar involves research and education in global health. We have developed strong academic partnerships with multiple institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine which facilitates a global health alliance between our communities and thought leaders the world over. While our projects have focused on Kolkata, India and its vicinity, our aim is to scale our model to benefit communities with similar needs across the globe.