Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

Kannadigarella ondaagi Kannadavannu ulisona, kalisona and belesona


Public-Private Partnerships|Innovations|Tribal R C H Programme|Traditional Medicine|Promotion of Low cost Generic Drugs|Community Health Insurance|Mental Health|Telemedicine
Primary Health Care through Public-Private Partnerships (ppp)

The Trust was handed over the management of Gumballi (Integrated Rural Development Project – Yelandur) PHC in 1996 in a unique and pioneering example of public-private partnership in primary health care. All national health programmes including Reproductive & child health (RCH) are important components of the activities. The success of Gumballi PHC and its impact as a ‘model PHC’ have strengthened the idea of PPP. Further , the following specialist care services have beeb integrated with primary care in the Gumballi PHC.

  • Blindness control programme – preventive and surgical aspects.
  • Community dental care & mobile dental unit.
  • Integration of epilepsy , mental health , diabetes mellitus & hypertension.

Now, Karuna Trust runs 30 PHC’s in all the districts of the state of karnataka & 9 primary health centres in Arunachal Pradesh.

PHC Locations:

Innovations in Primary Health Care 

The PHC’s run by Karuna Trust are practising models of innovative and novel approaches to deliver primary health care. These innovatives are in place in all the PHC’s run by Karuna Trust.

  • Strenthen community participation through village health committees with CNA and PRA.
  • 24-hour PHC with all staff staying at the PHC & sub-centre headquarters.
  • Gender – sensitive primary Health care.
  • Integration of community mental health care in PHc’s.
  • Epilepsy control programme including documentation & treatment of hot water epilepsy in Yelandur Taluk. over 2000 patients registered till date.
  • Mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS in primary health care.
  • Essential obstetric care & new born care.
  • Rational Drug use , essential drug availability & BIN card system for drug stocking in all PHC’s.
  • Health monitoring & information system (HMIS) with gender disaggregated data.
  • Management system for PHC’s.
  • Comrehensive PHC waste management system.
  • Community – based Rehabiliation of people with disability.

Tribal R C H Programme 

  • Tribal sub – centres in remote tribal hamlets.
  • Tribal women trained as ANM’s.
  • RCH programme in tribal areas.
  • Implementation of National health programmes.
  • Promotion of traditional medicine through self-help groups.

Mainstreaming of Traditional medicine in primary care (in collaboration with UNDP)

India has one of the richest medicinal plant – related health cultures in the world. It has both a codified & an oral (folk) tradition. the oral culture has traditionally been rooted in indigenous communities in the country. village communities , particularly tribal groups and women , have been the most active carriers of indigenous knowledge about medicinal plants. The activities of Karuna Trust include :

  • Integration of traditional medicines in 20 PHC’s.
  • Awareness about the use & efficacy of traditional medicine in schools , anganwadis & self – help groups.
  • Establishment of herbal gardens in rural schools in the PHC areas.
  • Meeting the preventive , promotive & curative care needs of the community through local health traditions (LHT).
  • Preparation of an essential drug list & standard treatment Guidelines for the Indian system of medicine (ISM).
  • Networking with traditional medicine associations in other countries to exchange experiences and develop joint strategies.

Promotion of quality low-cost generic drugs & rational drug use 

  • Stocking and distribution of low – cost , quality essential drugs to NGO’s , hospitals & other organizations in collaboration with LOCOST , Baroda.
  • Stocking & running Biocare Pharmacies for generic drugs in collaboration with Arogya Yojana Trust.

Community Health insurance ( in collaboration with UNDP)

A community – based model of health insurance with a low premium of Rs.22/person/year.

Key features include :

  • No disease exclusion.
  • Immediate settlement of claims.
  • Rs.50 per day as compensation for wage loss for in – patients and Rs. 50 per day out – of – pocket expenditure.
  • Rs. 500 for patients who undergo surgery in addition to Rs. 500 for drugs.

Mental Health 

Mental Health services in primary care began in the Gumballi PHC in 1996 with support from NIMHANS , Bangalore.

Community Mental Health Care at 20 PHCs

The important aspect of the community mental health care is to integrate mental health care with primary health care. The following activities are under this.

  • Training of medical officers of PHCs at NIMHANS.
  • Providing access to basic mental health care in 20 PHCs.
  • Capacity building of the health workers in mental health care – identification, treatment and follow-up, rehabilitation and counselling.
  • Making these PHCs as centres for rehabilitation and follow up of all the homeless mentally ill people treated at Transit Care Centre at Mysore.
  • To make available access to social pension schemes and other benefits for all the mentally ill in the district through PHCs – Disability certificates, pensions etc.

Care for Homeless Mentally Ill

The expanse of homeless mentally ill population is the product of social neglect and the lack of support from Government agencies. This particular initiative strives to establish a comprehensive model for care, support and rehabilitation for the homeless mentally ill population of Mysore. The initiative will also work towards raising public awareness and changing overall attitude towards homeless mentally ill individuals.

The following activities are carried out for homeless mentally ill persons through the project.

Transit Care Centre

The Transit Care facility is located at Chikkalli village of Mysore district. At this stage the transit care facility will be a short time home for homeless mentally ill women. Later the facility will be expanded to men also. Presently the home has the capacity of admitting 24 inmates.

The centre will provide the following services:

  • Medical and Psychiatric services.
  • Occupational Therapy.
  • Psychological services.
  • Vocational training and employment program.
  • Follow up programs.
  • Legal aids.
  • Facilitates for reunion with their families in all possible cases.

Mental Health Care in the Destitute Home in Mysore

The Destitute Home at Mysore run by the Social Welfare Department is located at Jyothi Nagar. There is a high prevalence of mental illness among these homeless people. In coordination with the Social Welfare Department the following activities will be conducted at the Destitute Home of Mysore.

  • The Psychiatrist from Transit Care Centre will hold a clinic at Destitute home once in a week for the treatment of mentally ill.
  • There will be a full time social worker appointed at the Destitute home.
  • Staff at the Destitute Home will be sensitised regarding mental illness.
  • Facilitate reunion with family members for all possible cases.
  • Utilization of existing infrastructure for occupation and vocational rehabilitation.
  • Establish coordination for referral.

Mental Health Helpline

The helpline will be established with the aim of rescuing wandering persons with mental illness. To avoid duplication of services, networking with the personnel managing police helpline, and the helpline for aged citizens will be done. People calling the helplines will be directed appropriately by a trained person appointed by the Trust.

Telemedicine Services ( in collaboration with ISRO)

Telemedicine services at Karuna Trust PHC’s in association with Narayana Hrudayalaya , bangalore and Amrita Institute , kochi.

Integrated Educated Project Yelandur , T.Narsipur and Kolar

This project has been implemented in collaboration with India Literacy project in Yelandur taluk & more recently in Kolar and gowribidanur talukas & caters to integrated education _ pre – school , school & adult education.

  • Strengthening of Balavikas samiti at Anganwadi level.
  • Strengthening and capacity – building of school development and monitoring committee (SDMC).
  • Capacity building & monitoring of teachers in quality education.
  • Monitoring & strengthening of continuing education centres & training adult literacy volunteers.
  • Village education volunteers chosen from the community for adult education & reinduction of drop outs.

Livelihoods & Community Development
Livelihoods & Community Development

Sustainability in all development programs can be achieved only if livelihood strengthening , community development and empowerment are incorporated.Women’s empowerment through SHG’s and community Micro – finance

A vast network of women’s self – help groups who participate in income – generating activities , community health insurance , herbal medicine processing and community micro – finance.

  • Formation of cluster Development associations (CDA’s) & federations.
  • Strengthening of SHG’s in tribal areas.

Village Resource Centre ( in collaboration with ISRO) 

VSAT connectivity at Karuna Trust PHC’s in karnataka and Arunachal pradesh.

  • Tele education.
  • Telemedicine / healthcare services.
  • Access to satellite information on land , water , soil , etc.
  • Advisories on agriculture , land & water management.
  • Weather information.
  • Providing information on price , market , pests , diseases , livestock , government schemes , job opportunities & e-governance – related information.

Vocational Training and Livelihoods

  • Food processing unit ( in collaboration with CFTRI , Mysore) – common facility for food processing & marketing for SHG’s at Gumballi.
  • Herbal medicine processing unit (HMPU) at Gumballi – production & processing of classical ayurvedic formulations from herbs collected by tribals in BR Hills.
  • Khadi and village industries commission (KVIC) programmes _ Agarbathi rolling , spinning & Masala unit.
  • Tailoring.
  • Computer courses.
  • Poultry program

Community Development:

  • Community Convergent Action (CCA).
  • Formation of village development councils (VDC) & convergence of services at village level.
  • ‘Model Village’ programme.
  • Implementation of swarnajayanthi Grama swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) in collaboration with ZP.
  • Drinking water & sanitation programme.
  • Smokeless chulhas.
  • Construction of low – cost toilets.

viveka Vahini
Programme to promote ‘values for development’ in the community.

|About Us |Activities |Project |Publications |Contact Us Contact Us:

Dr.Paran Gowda
Sri. H.N. Somasundaram
Sri. P. Viswanath
Hon . Secretary
Phone (R) : 91-80-26563214
Email :hsudarshan@vsnl.net Karuna Trust – Head Quarters
B.R.Hills, Chamarajanagar,
Karnataka 571441
Ph: 08226-244025, 08226-244018

Karuna Trust – Bangalore Office
#686, 16th Main, 4th T – Block Jayanagar
Bangalore – 560011 , Karnataka
Phone : 91-80-22447612
Email :ktrust@vsnl.net
Website: www.karunatrust.org


October 22, 2007 - Posted by | Primary Healthcare Centers - PHC's


  1. All the best for VGKK and for your all the activities and your vision.

    Comment by RAVI | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. i am research student in karnataka , only from tribals in hydrabad-karnataka , your work is gulbarga, raichur, koppal.and bijapur, bagalkote, etc cancidered , please i have requested

    Comment by jagadishkumar nayak | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. hello,
    I am a student of psychology who has completed my graduation from Christ College Bangalore.
    I would like to volunteer at your trust in the area of mental health, and the helpline.I live in Mysore and would like to contact the concerned authorities. Kindly leave me a contact number or address, so that i can get in touch with your organiztion.

    Comment by Srruthi V Rangarao | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  4. I want to be volunteer.
    Whats ur helpline no

    Comment by Sunil Gouda | September 15, 2008 | Reply

  5. sir/madam,
    I am Dr srinivasa.I know about your multi-dimensional activities since from college days.I wanted to attend join you.It was my dream in life.My mother was ill.I had the oppurtunity to join as a lecturer at kims[karnataka institute of health & medical sciences}.My heart & soul was filled with activities of karuna trust.I was highly motivated by “karuna trust”. I joined as a medical officer at tatthur[village]sorab[tq]shimoga[dist]with my karuna trust in my heart & soul.I named my activities as “worked round the clock.It was “amazing Experience” to work round the clock giving treatment at the huts.Using available resources spending money from pocket.I getting “job satisfaction” with a thrilling experience.
    My wife & childrens joined me to serve these people.
    we always wanted “Good guidence” to improve my service to serve them better along with my para-medical & field-staff.
    We are really greatfull to “karuna trust” for giving birth to “ashakirana”.

    warm regards
    Dr srinivas

    Comment by Dr SRINIVASA | November 30, 2008 | Reply

  6. sir,
    Please “guide ashakirana” to cross several barriers for giving services to these “remote rural villages.

    Dr srinivas

    Comment by Dr SRINIVASA | November 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. Sir i am an ayurvedic graduate, i want t apply for job in your phc centes, so please guide me.

    Comment by DR.SREEDEVI | December 15, 2008 | Reply

  8. sir iam a psychiatrist (MBBS,DPM)with 3years experiance as a senior resident in psy. from LGBRegional Institute of Mental Health Tezpur,Assam. ihad gone through urs recent ad for doctors in arunachal and meghalaya,although it had no mention about psychiatrist. sir,iam interested in urs organization and want 2 serve for the mentally ill in this region if iam provided an oppurtunity.Looking ahead for urs positive response. Thanks. contact no.09954246657,dr. manjit singh,Tezpur,Assam,

    Comment by dr.manjit singh | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  9. Respected sir, I happened to go thro all about the organisation , i am interested to work if there is vacancy at your centre .

    Comment by Dr veena | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  10. sir i wish to work in your volentery organisation i am completing GNM nursing plz if any vacancies means plz inform to my e mail. thank u sir.

    Comment by ramesh | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. sir , I kavitha .s from kollegal. i have completed my graduation in dentistry.so i would like to jion in urs PHC.I WANT SERVE in this region. i have nearly 1yr experience and i secured good marks in all 4 yrs..so please if any vacancy means inform me..

    Comment by kavitha sundar | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  12. hi sir i am gangadhara sharma h m. ittigi 583220 huvina hadagali (tq) bellary (di) i have completed my graduation in ayurveda. so i would like to join urs phc. i want serve in this region…
    if any vacancy please in form me..

    Comment by gangadhara sharma h m | September 6, 2010 | Reply

  13. Dear Sir,
    I heard about this organization from a friend.

    My sister had done BAMS and had 3 yrs experience, she is looking for a job, we are waiting for an opportunity to join the organization. if is there any vacancy; please let us contact.

    Dr.Ayesha Biradar
    Home town:Bijapur.

    Comment by Dr.Ayesha Biradar | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  14. Sir, i’m a graduate in siddha system of medicine with one year experience. Now i’m practicing in banglore. I would like to work with you in your organisation. Kindly let me know the details.

    Comment by Dr.Abhil Mohan | December 12, 2010 | Reply

  15. sir’ i am complet DMLT i am sureching job plz call to this number and invite to job sir i am staying GADAG

    Comment by dayanand naik | March 14, 2011 | Reply

  16. Dear Sir,

    I heard about this organization from a friend.
    My wife had done GNM and had 3 yrs experience, she is looking for a job, we are waiting for an opportunity to join the organization. if is there any vacancy; please let us contact.

    Mr.Ratul Saikia
    Home town:Dibrugarh (Assam)

    Comment by Ratul Saikia | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  17. sir, I Hiren Umretiya from. Rajkot,Gujrat. I have comleted my COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICE & ESSENTIAL DRUG (C.M.S. & E.D. ). so i would like to join in your P.H.C. in karnataka or arunachal pradesh anywear. I have nearly 3year experience in my priveat P.H.C. . so please if any vacancy means in form me. thenks hiren umretiya mo. 09725011110

    Comment by Hiren m. Umretiya | July 5, 2011 | Reply

  18. sir, i m Dr.shashank have 4 NGO working in 5 districts in karnataka and maharashtra. but i want job with u in heath department so plz give me chance to work with u. any work regarding PHC i will do it. i have 4 yrs experience in health department work in village. now working in vaccination programme through govt. project. so cont. me 9902026180 & 9844794909

    Comment by Dr.shash | July 13, 2011 | Reply

  19. hi tel ur phone no.

    Comment by Shash Valwade | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  20. Sir
    I was appointed as medical officer by ur trust for phc in maharashtra(pofaran,boisar)funded by NPCIL.Where i m provding my services from one n half month with out any problem.2day on 14-10-2011 i was called by admin and oral notice of termination was given.as per communication between me,dr.paranji and mr.aakre(funding head)i was appointed as AYUSH DOCTER.for this job they forced me to resign from my previous job.
    Kindly look after the matter n give me justice.
    Thanking you.

    Comment by Dr.Avinash Patil | October 14, 2011 | Reply

  21. Dear/sir ,madam am ramesh working as a staff nurse in H.C.G Bangalore hospital I know your working condition kindly request to joining ur instution.

    Comment by Ramesh.m | December 31, 2011 | Reply

  22. sir
    i am drimran BHMS from assam and have 10yrs practical experiense in rural area.but i want job with u so plz give a chance to work with u.any work regarding PHC i will do.so cont.me 9854386542.
    kindlylookafter matter n give me a chance.
    thanking you.

    Comment by dr imran hussain | January 17, 2012 | Reply

  23. sir i searching a job i did paramedical health-inspector course i recent day i apply resume v r Pradeep- Kumar Karna trust from Mysore address door no ews 651 2nd stage m block kuvempunagar Mysore 570023 my friend working
    my friend said send one mail our trust is name punith from gadag when again call it sir so i kindly requesting

    Comment by v r pradeep kumar | March 10, 2012 | Reply

  24. sir i m kiran chavan just i completed a paramedical diploma in health inspector, i m searching for a job if any vacancy means in form me and i also sent a resume to your trust. my contact number is 9741346925

    Comment by kiran | May 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Sir i am muttesh bhovi from savanur haveri dist,i am compleated in sanitary health inspector diploma, one year experiance in corporation belgum,I have work in your phc, if is any thare vacancy please inform mè. Muttesh bhovi koripete savanur dist-haveri pin-581118 mobile-9901861770

      Comment by Muttesh bhovi | July 6, 2012 | Reply

  25. Respected sir/madam
    Am Ramesha.m manakatur arsikere taluk hassan d .
    am working H C G (Health care globle bangalore)as a staff nurse since 5 yrs. So I want job for your phc centers I will request for u my phone numbr-9740681415,9483098182

    Comment by Ramesha.m | July 18, 2012 | Reply

  26. Dear Sir,
    I heard about this organization from a friend.

    i have done MD in Ayurveda and had 2 yrs experience, looking for a job in Bangalore waiting for an opportunity to join the organization.i would like to join urs phc if is there any vacancy; please let us contact.

    Comment by dr.indrani | September 16, 2012 | Reply

  27. I have complected paramedical diploma in health inspector course i am awaiting for job in your trust i am very great full to you if you give me the job i promice i will work my best

    Comment by H.v Mohammed azar | September 27, 2012 | Reply

  28. Sir,9972715761, 8095457564, these are my contact numbers plz inform me. Thank you sir.

    Comment by Mallikarjun swamy B.M | November 1, 2013 | Reply

  29. SIR I am Hemanth kumar i have complected diploma in health inspector so i am watiting for an opportunity to join the organization . i would like to join urs PHC if any vacancy ,please inform me thank you sir

    Comment by HEMANTH KUMAR | January 19, 2014 | Reply

  30. hi sir, i am shivakumar. I would like to serve in your trust. i am completed Diploma in Health inspector couse with good marks so, if any vacancy means inform me.

    Comment by Shivakumar Gurikar | January 23, 2014 | Reply

  31. sir I am Bajrang lal I have completed cms and ed diploma so I am wating for job so if any vacancy means inform me. Comment by Bajrang lal yadav vill. Malikpura the. kish.renwal Jaipur [RAJ.]

    Comment by Bajrang lal | August 11, 2014 | Reply

  32. i seach in a health inpector job

    Comment by Murali | December 6, 2014 | Reply

  33. sir / medum i comleted in health inspector cource.. i searching in a health worker job…

    Comment by Muralidhar | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  34. sir…
    i completed diploma in health inspector cource.. so plz i serching job u r p h c.. plz vacancy means inform my email…

    Comment by Muralidhar | February 24, 2015 | Reply

  35. Respected sir/madam
    I have completed a diploma in health inspector and pathology lab technician . At present i am working has a lab technician at gubbi diagnostics centre Gulbarga. Known I am searching for job.

    Comment by Mohammad Altaf Hussain | April 20, 2015 | Reply

  36. Respected sir/madam,
    I have completed a diploma in health inspector at Kims Hubli…i have also worked in national TB institute at Bengalore.let’s now I’m searching job …. If in ur trust have vacancy plz inform me .. This is my contact no.8970036796.. If possible give me placement at koppal,hospet,gadag,Hubli,kustagi,Gangavati.etc

    Comment by Shivaraj B H | May 17, 2016 | Reply

  37. Dear sir
    I am jeevitha bs . I would like to serve in your organization iam completed PG MSW medical and psychiatry course and 2 years field experience in hospital and 1 month intenship experience in rehablitation center and 1 month intenship experience at VGKK. If any vacancy means inform me . thank you sir.

    Comment by Jeevitha B. S | June 5, 2016 | Reply

  38. My Name is Akash I’m From Haliyal I’m Complete D Health Inspector course in Shreeya College Dharwad So plz Contact me 7795326632

    Comment by Akash Bandurgi | July 10, 2016 | Reply

  39. Sir/Madam.
    I’m Basavaraja S. I’ve Completed Diploma In Health Inspector (DHI) I’m Looking For Job So In There Any Job Vacancy Pls Pls Inform Me Sir.. Contact No:8546863301.
    Thanking You.

    Comment by Basavaraja S | August 3, 2016 | Reply

  40. Hi sir my self shivakumargouda I patil I am from Gadag ,I complited dpharm , I am interested work in
    Ur trust soo any vaccanises is there for me sir
    Mobile number :7353924534

    Comment by Shivakumargouda | April 29, 2018 | Reply

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