“AS A YOUNG WOMAN, PEO­PLE DON’T TAKE YOU SERIOUSLYAT FIRST”

India Today - - GOOD NEWS - PRIYA PRAKASH, 25 Founder and CEO, HealthSetGo, —As told to Sukant Deepak

IPriya Prakash founded HealthSetGo, an NGO, to help schools achieve global stan­dards of health mon­i­tor­ing of their students. head In­dia’s largest health or­gan­i­sa­tion for schools that aims to cre­ate the coun­try’s largest net­work of healthy schools and in­cul­cate life­long healthy be­hav­iour in chil­dren. De­spite the fact that the coun­try is on its way to be­com­ing the di­a­betes cap­i­tal of the world, we still shy away from talk­ing about health in class­rooms.

want to bring In­dian schools at par with the growth mon­i­tor­ing of students that is done at the school level in other coun­tries. Through HealthSetGo’s flag­ship prod­uct, CARE, we’ve been able to stan­dard­ise and au­to­mate an­nual health as­sess­ments at mem­ber schools by bring­ing in doc­tors to com­pre­hen­sively as­sess the child’s health and de­liver on­line, easy-to-un­der­stand re­ports to par­ents. In fact, our or­gan­i­sa­tion even fol­lows up after the as­sess­ment to en­sure that the par­ent has taken cor­rec­tive mea­sures. Thanks to our in­no­va­tive stu­dent-teacher-driven health ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery month, based on the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion Health Days, we cre­ate a lively ecosys­tem in which the con­ver­sa­tion about health stays alive. We have tie-ups with 16 hos­pi­tals, 90 doc­tors and 35 clin­ics across the coun­try. We have al­ready im­pacted the lives of more than 20,000 chil­dren across In­dia.

Be­ing a young en­tre­pre­neur, more so when you are a woman, can some­times be tough as peo­ple sel­dom take you se­ri­ously. You have to put in an ex­tra ef­fort to con­vince them that you can de­liver and are ca­pa­ble of han­dling things re­spon­si­bly. One has to prove her­self con­stantly, al­most ev­ery day.

De­ter­mi­na­tion and per­sis­tent hard work have been my com­pan­ions ever since I es­tab­lished HealthSetGo two years ago. Be­liev­ing that a size­able num­ber of peo­ple are open to new ideas and novel meth­ods of im­ple­men­ta­tion, I have found a niche which is willing to lis­ten to—and work on— my ideas.”

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