Building a Nation of Lifesavers

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India (HSFI) is committed to building a nation of lifesavers who are prepared and willing to provide immediate community first aid and CPR to victims of roadside emergencies and sudden cardiac arrest.

Providing access to First Aid and CPR Training

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is responsible for 25% of all deaths in India and is the leading cause of death in all parts of the country. Premature mortality increased by 59% between 1990 and 2010—from 23.2 million to 47 million.

Cardiovascular disease

India has one of the highest fatality rates from roadside accidents, with more than 130,000 people dying annually. Tragically, 80% of road accident victims do not receive any emergency medical care.

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India is a subsidiary of the American Heart Association, a global leader in offering technical support, science exchange, and training to governments, healthcare providers, hospital and pre-hospital systems, workplaces, and communities. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India’s programs align with both the American Heart Association’s and India’s health priorities. It will serve as a link for local, national, and global partnerships aimed at improving the health and life expectancy of children and adults in India.

Improving the health and life expectancy of children in India


In India, our Emergency Cardiovascular Care training network currently delivers courses via 72 Training Centers and over 330 training sites, covering nearly all states of the country. In 2017, these training sites trained nearly 90,000 healthcare professionals and members of the public in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and pediatric advanced life support. In partnership with Training Centers and civil society organizations, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of India is launching a movement to build a Nation of Lifesavers by training friends and family in first aid and CPR. Most accidents and most cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital, so the likelihood of you saving someone you know is high. Everyone needs to know how to save the life of a family member or loved one.

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India is currently seeking funding to support the development of priority programs and the establishment of financial, legal, and human resources as well as other operations to expand HSFI’s contributions to a high-quality healthcare system, preventative health efforts, and saving lives in India.



Key personnel


  • Dr Subroto Das
    Board Member

    Dr Subroto Das, winner of one of India’s highest civilian awards, Padma Shri for his work on Highway Trauma Care, co-founded Lifeline Foundation along with his wife, Sushmita (after surviving a life threatening accident in August, 1999 on one of India’s busiest highways), with the aim of reducing the 1,50,000+ annual highway deaths in India. The only Indian to be honoured with the Asian EMS Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian EMS Council in 2015, The Times of India calls Dr Das “the country’s best known EMS expert”.

    He has been associated with the Niti Aayog and the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).

    He was the 1st in India to advocate a unified national medical emergency helpline number for highways and legislation for EMS and trauma care. Dr Subroto Das continues to campaign for the cause of EMS as a Fundamental Right across South Asia.

    His internationally recognized efforts began with the Highway Rescue Project in 2002, the 1st Highway Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across an entire state, popularly called by the Accident Helpline 98250 26000 in Gujarat. Lifeline Foundation has rescued hundreds of injured highway accident victims on 5029 kms of National Highways in 5 states since 2002.

    A Founding Member of Asian Association for EMS, he is also the Chair of the South & Central Asian Chapters. Born in 1965, Dr Das an alumnus of Baroda Medical College, Maharaja Sayajirao University later pursued Hospital Management and Industrial Health. He serves as Managing Editor of Asian EMS Journal, official journal of Asian Association for EMS. He served as Editorial Chair of EMSINDIA®, India’s 1st peer-reviewed EMS journal.

    As an Eisenhower Fellow, he has been mentored by some of America’s greatest EMS experts, an experience that has helped him to guide EMS professionals in the Indian sub-continent. He has been part of various national and international policy making committees on pre-hospital and trauma care. He has worked with various EMS stakeholders in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Dr Subroto Das, in 2009 authored a book on the struggles and successes of the Sri Lankan EMS systems, titled ‘Prepare to Respond’; the book was released by the then President of Sri Lanka.

    Dr Das and his Foundation have now shifted towards a more inclusive highway accident relief; the current focus is on actively advocating Bystander First Aid & CPR to enable common citizens to save lives in post-accident trauma and ‘out of hospital cardiac arrest’. The aim is to train and empower passer-bys to act and save lives till ambulance relief reaches.

    His other current priority is to create Pan-Asian Trauma Care systems along with other Asian stakeholders. He is closely working with industries, ports and mines to better Industrial EMS across the country.

    Nationally and internationally felicitated, his work has been documented in 2012 by Films Division of India. Sony Television, in 2017 profiled his work on its popular show Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Shri Amitabh Bachchan.

    Along with his wife, he was honoured with the Red & White Bravery Gold Award for Social Acts of Courage in 2003. As a social entrepreneur, Dr Das was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2004. He received the UK based Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2004, the CNN IBN & Reliance Industries “Real Heroes Award” in 2008 and was honoured as “Role Model in EMS” by the Emergency Physicians of India (EPI). In 2008, Dainik Bhaskar Group recognised him as one of the “100 most powerful persons in Gujarat”. In 2006, his organisation, Lifeline Foundation was conferred the 4th National Road Safety Award by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The Limca Book of Records recognised their efforts in 2005. In 2017, the Society of Emergency Medicine (SEMI), India, the country’s largest professional body of Emergency Physicians honoured him with the “SEMI Excellence Award”.

    An avid quizzer, an author, a former journalist with the Indian Express group of newspapers, a social entrepreneur and a sports enthusiast, Dr Subroto Das’s special areas of interest include EMS systems, Industrial Medicine and standards and protocols of pre-hospital care and ambulances.

  • Sameer Shariff
    Board Member

    Sameer Shariff is an entrepreneur with the passion of turning ideas into real businesses.

    As the founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc., Mr. Shariff drives Impelsys’ business vision, strategy, value and growth. Impelsys is Mr. Shariff’s second start up, he has grown the company to become a leader in online content delivery for the STM, Children’s and educational publishing markets. Impelsys helps over 250 publishers with their online content delivery strategy through Impelsys products and services. Customers include major publishers Reed Elsevier, McGraw Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Thomson, Springer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to smaller publishers Marshall Cavendish, Benchmark Education and Prufrock Press.

    Medsite Inc. was the first company that Mr. Shariff co-founded, as Chief Strategic Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales, Mr. Shariff helped Medsite become one of the largest Internet pharmaceutical marketing companies in the United States. Mr. Shariff was instrumental in guiding Medsite during its early period of financial and organizational growth. Under Mr. Shariff’s strategic direction, Medsite grew to include more than 200 employees and increased in sales from $0 to over $20 million. In 2006, Medsite was sold to WebMD for over $ 40 Million.

    Mr. Shariff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BS degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Shariff has served as a guest speaker at several industry events and has been featured in Forbes, India Today and Silicon India among other publications.

  • Krishnamurthy Guruvayurappan
    Board Member

    Chartered Accountant from India and CPA from Singapore.   Employed in Singapore before moving to USA in 1985.  Worked at various levels from Accounting Supervisor to Finance Director for about 18 years with AHA in Accounting and Finance overseeing the Founders Affiliate covering 8 states from NJ to VT, integrating with Mission, Advocacy and Development departments.


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