NEW DELHI: Vishad Khanna, 17, a class 12 student of Delhi Public School, RK Puram, has been zealously working towards providing free of cost medicines to the underprivileged sections of society. He launched Aushidhi, an online platform which provides free of cost medicines to the needy.
Mr Khanna is a student of Computer Science and has developed a portal which connects needy and poor patients with donors like Company/Pharmacy/Doctor. Aushidhi is providing free medicines and health checkups to the deprived patients who require it the most but cannot afford it. The online platform bridges the gap between free medicine providers and people who seek medicines.
Aushidhi is a place where a donor can register and list the drugs to donate. Similarly, the end user can have the visibility of drugs in terms of name, details, quantity and can request for delivery.
The online platform ensures the medicine reaches the needy. It collects medicines from the Pharmaceuticals Company / Pharmacy / Doctor/Any Indian Citizen having an excess of near expiry stock lying with them. The Needy request medicines which are updated on the web catalog and Aushidhi gets it delivered free of cost. The online platform also conducts various free health camps integrated with theater shows, free medical health checkup, and free drugs.
Vishad Khanna, Founder of Aushidhi, said, “I realized that pharmacies, physicians, clinics, primarily the suppliers of drugs. have a large stock of medicines that are nearing expiry date. Hence, most consumers don’t end up buying them, and they are disposed off even before their expiry date. Therefore, there remains a huge stock of wasted usable drugs.”
He said, “The needy can post their request for a drug on the website. It responds to their request and then delivers the drugs to the receiver at his given address, free of cost.”
The online platform also conducts health awareness shows under the leadership of Mr Khanna who is also the president of the theater club of Delhi Public School R.K Puram.