Increasing access to primary healthcare services- Greater Noida

Greater Noida is a fast growing city in Delhi-NCR. Newly developed infrastructures, a fast growing industrial belt have made it one of the most populous areas in the recent years. The city attracts immigrants from all parts of the country now.

Apart from growing at a fast pace Greater Noida also suffers from major urbanisation issues. While most of the city is developed and progressing at a fast pace there still remains a considerable population who still live in slums in poor conditions. Some of the concerned issues include poverty, rising population, unemployment, poor public health and education. Poor health conditions have increased the vulnerability of the people to diseases like malaria, dengue, diarrhoea, TB and HIV.

Intervention

In order to take care of the health care needs of the underprivileged population Smile Foundation intervened and launched a Smile on Wheels project in Greater Noida. The project was initiated with support from New Holland India.

Key issues of concerns were found out to be lack of awareness, poor sanitation facilities and no access to proper medical facilities. This is why it was very important to initiate a project that would provide proper medical facilities along with raising awareness too. Children, mothers, daily wage earners are the main focus of this project.

The initiative of Smile Foundation has been appreciated by the elders and the other villagers too.

Project Highlights

  • To provide primary health care services to the underprivileged in the identified slums/villages of Greater Noida through Mobile Medical Unit (MMU).

  • To conduct health awareness (IEC and BCC) activities to generate the demand and promote preventive measures to improve health seeking behaviour.

  • To develop linkages with nearby Government Health Institutions/ Private Clinics/ Nursing homes/ Health Centres for referral services.

  • Distribution of basic medicines would be an integral part of day-to-day operations.

  • As a part of generating awareness on health related issues, awareness sessions, community meetings etc will be conducted at periodic intervals through IEC activities including distribution of pamphlets, display of posters, wall writings and audio visual aids etc. the awareness activities will revolve around the health needs of the community.

IMPACT

IN 2014 , A TOTAL OF 12,000 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM THE INITIATIVE

4500 STUDENTS RECEIVED BENEFIT FROM SCHOOLHEALTH PROGRAMS

OVER100 ICE ACTIVITIES WERE CONDUCTED LAST YEAR, BENEFITING MORE THAN 6500 PEOPLE

IN THE FIRST MONTH OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE STATIC CLINIC PROGRAM A TOTAL265 PEOPLE BENEFITED OF WHICH 57% BENEFICIARIESWERE WOMAN