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Karuna Trust

Karuna Trust is a voluntary and an associate organization of VGKK established in 1986. Karuna Trust has pioneered and implemented a successful Public Private Partnership model in areas of Health, Education, Livelihoods and Advocacy.

The Trust today manages 62 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs) in 7 states – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Maharashtra. The PHCs are managed by over 1000 health care professionals that include doctors, nurses & support staff reaching over 1 million people.

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News and Event Karuna Trust has been fortunate to have had the help and support of several individuals and organizations that have partnered with us, over the past 25 years, and helped with our mission. The following is a partial list of Karuna Trustís collaborators and financial supporters. Dr. H. Sudarshan founded Karuna Trust (KT) in 1986 to respond to the widespread prevalence of leprosy in the Yelandur Taluk of Karnataka.

KT has been singularly successful in addressing this problem and the prevalence of leprosy in Yelandur dropped from 21.4 per 1000 population in 1987 to 0.28 per 1000 in 2005. From leprosy control, KT expanded its mission to address problems of epilepsy, mental health and tuberculosis. Eventually this led to the government of Karnataka asking KT to take over the day-to-day operations of the PHC at Gumballi which is intended to serve the same people that KT was serving.