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Increasing access to primary healthcare services – Hyderabad

Increasing access to primary healthcare services - Hyderabad

Hyderabad is a fast growing city in India. Newly developed infrastructures, a fast growing industrial belt have made it one of the most populous cities in the recent years. The city attracts immigrants from all parts of the country now.

Apart from growing at a fast pace Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. The project was initiated with support from United Health Group.

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.

Project Highlights

  • 12 health camps were conducted at Balaji Nagar, Saibaba nagar, Nandanavanam, Ews, Indrasenareddy Nagar, Rahmathnagar, Khanametta, Chilkanagar – 1, BS Maqtha, Indira Nagar, Hafeezpet, Vinayaka Nagar, Vinayaka Nagar, Addagutta and Ambernagar.

  • A theme based street play was organized covering a population of around 800 people.

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

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

IMPACT

A TOTAL 281 OPDS ORGANIZED

OVER 281 ICE ACTIVITIES WERE CONDUCTED LAST YEAR, BENEFITING MORE THAN 4300 PEOPLE

2828 PATHOLOGICAL TESTS WERE CONDUCTED SO FAR.

A TOTAL OF 23581 PEOPLE BENEFITED OF WHICH 67% BENEFICIARIES WERE WOMEN

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Rae Bareli – Bringing the Prosperity of Good Health to the Underprivileged

Rae Bareli – Bringing the Prosperity of Good Health to the Underprivileged

The rural inhabitants make up more than 77 percent of the total population, living different villages of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. Despite forming a major part of the state’s population, these rural areas face a dearth of health facilities. This dismal health situation is reflected in the Raebareli district of Uttar Pradesh.

The grim health scenario is evident from the increasing infant and maternal mortality rate, poor sanitation, prevalence of chronic diseases, and non-availability of qualified medical staff. Lack of proper infrastructure for sub-centres and PHCs or CHCs is a major issue. The condition of the rural women is no less terrible. Young girls are married of early; as a result they bear children at an age when their bodies are not ready medically and physically. Thus, majority of the children suffer from malnutrition and many of them are not even able to celebrate their fifth birthday.

INTERVENTION

In these gloomy circumstances, “Smile on Wheels” came as a ray of hope in the lives of the rural population of Rae Bareli. Smile Foundation in association with RECL launched Smile on Wheels for rendering primary health services in 10 villages of Block – Harchandpur, District – Raebareli (UP).

The project is poised to benefit 18500 people directly every year by taking Smile on Wheels to the doorsteps of the villagers. The major aim was to provide mobile health services comprising of Daily OPDs, Lab tests, counselling sessions and awareness programs to the community.

To begin with, Smile Foundation carried out a baseline survey in order to get a clear picture of the health condition in 15 villages of Harchandarpur Block of Rae Bareli district. Health and hygiene conditions in majority of the villages were found to be poor. Lack of proper drainage system, poor transportation system, unawareness among people were identified to be the major issues. The seasonal diseases were very common and only 40 percent of the population was immunized.

Project Highlights

  • In order to identify the major health problems, a baseline survey was conducted in 15 villages of Harchandpur block in Raebareli.

  • Smile on Wheels unit, equipped with medical facilities was launched on 16th August 2013. A team of medical and para medical staff was recruited.

  • Smile worked to build rapport with District Administration, District & Block level Health officials for better implementation of the project.

  • Smile earned the support of community stakeholders like Anganwadi Workers, ASHA and ANMs.

  • Daily mobile clinics, lab tests and ANCs were part of the healthcare programmes.

  • During the reporting period, the disease pattern highlighted more than 19 prevalent diseases.

  • The diseases were diagnosed through pathological lab tests and suitable treatment given to the identified beneficiaries.

  • Health awareness activities and community meetings were conducted as part of the awareness programmes under the project.

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

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Madhepura – Sanjeevan Smile on Wheels, Madhepura, Bihar

Madhepura - Sanjeevan Smile on Wheels, Madhepura, Bihar

Bihar is the third most populous state in India and has the fastest growing population compared to any other state in the country. Talking about the Human Development Index, the figures have been recorded the lowest among the major states for the last three decades. Major health and demographic indicators like poverty and illiteracy rate, infant and maternal mortality rate, male-female sex ratio are worse than any other state. One of the worst affected is the district of Madhepura, which has a population density higher than the state average. The district has poor healthcare facilities, forcing most of the inhabitants to be dependent on quacks.

Smile Foundation’s baseline survey revealed that 95% of people in the ten identified villages of Madhepura belonged to SC/OBC community, of which 92% were living below the poverty line. Major issues of concern were sanitation, inadequate health services, irregular ANM visits, and unawareness of MCH components like ANC/PNC, institutional delivery and immunisation.

INTERVENTION

Smile Foundation partnered with Siemens Limited to initiate Sanjeevan Smile on Wheels project in Madhepura. Launched on March 16, 2012, the project covered ten villages in two blocks – Madhepura and Ghalirdh, with a population of 82,500. Salient features of the project included providing accessible and quality medical facilities and promoting a health-seeking behaviour.

Feudal, caste and patriarchal oppression had lead to a low status of women in these villages. Mostly engaged in household work, the women hardly have any say in the family’s economic, social and decision-making. Thus Smile’s project gives special attention to the women folk in these villages. To bring a change in the parochial outlook towards women by enlightening the rural population, health awareness drives and community meetings are conducted periodically. The turnout of women in such activities has improved many folds since the project’s initial days.

Smile’s project has been appreciated by the local authorities and community members of these villages. Nearby village panchayats have also shown their interest to be a part of the Smile on Wheels project.

Project Highlights

  • To uplift the status of women in the village community, special programmes for educating them on health issues are conducted.

  • Antenatal and postnatal services provided to pregnant women in order to ensure the safety of both mother and child. This is made possible through tie-ups with officials working for government-run faculties like ASHA, ANMs and Anganwadis.

  • Special health camps by panel of specialised doctors are regularly conducted in order reach out to a larger section of the rural population.

  • With an aim to encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles, several health awareness and sanitation drives are also conducted.

  • Health camps in schools are also conducted to sensitise the students about basic hygiene habits like washing hands and regular bathing.

  • An innovative concept, the ‘healthy child’ competition has been introduced to promote a health-seeking behaviour among the young generation 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

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Three Smile on Wheels – Baitu and Gudamalani blocks, Barmer, Rajasthan

Three Smile on Wheels - Baitu and Gudamalani blocks, Barmer, Rajasthan

Barmer, the second largest district of the historic state of Rajasthan, makes up a major part of the Thar Desert. While a short trip to the charming desert seems enjoyable to tourists, life is not so fair for the rural population inhabiting the area. Many regions in the region, Barmer in particular, have some of the lowest health indicators.

The miseries of inhabitants are compounded by alarmingly high infant mortality rate of 82.3%; and social stigmas like the purdah system, female foeticide, child marriage and poor social status of women. According to a 2012 survey by UNICEF, about 6 to 6.5 lakh foeticides have taken place in Rajasthan in the past five years. Healthcare problems also arise due to lack of awareness on reproductive health issues in women. Poor access to healthcare services has further aggravated the situation. Concerned with the gravity of the situation in Barmer, Smile Foundation intervened, stressing the need of better healthcare services.

INTERVENTION

Smile Foundation, in collaboration with Cairn India Limited, initiated three ‘Smile on Wheels’ in Baitu and Gudamalani blocks of the district. The motive was to provide primary curative and preventive healthcare services to the inhabitants. Introducing state-of-the-art mobile hospital and spreading awareness in areas that lacked a proper healthcare system was an important part of the programme.

Smile has been able to sensitize the women folk of the villages, who earlier were reluctant to even attend the awareness programmes launched in their villages. It now reaches out to a significant number of women, educating them on issues related to their physical and mental well-being.

Also, IEC health camps targeting specific community groups like school health programmes; focused group discussions and awareness rallies on specific health issues and diseases like malaria, swine flu, polio awareness; counselling sessions; blood donation camps; and a sensitization campaign for girl child – Padharo Mahari Laado.

Smile Foundation’s work in providing provision for healthcare services in Barmer has been lauded by senior government officials, state media and the local population.

Project Highlights

  • Well-equipped mobile hospital launched in 2011 that provides preventive and curative medical services to residents of 41 remote villages.

  • Spreading awareness about healthcare issues through various IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaigns in the villages.

  • Since its inception, when the female beneficiaries were very low, Smile’s programme has come a long way, breaking all social barriers prevalent in the region.

  • The state-level sensitization campaign for girl child – Padharo Mahari Laado was launched with an aim to put an end to female foeticide.

  • Awareness programmes covered a wide range of topics, ranging from specific diseases to important issues like reproductive health in women.

  • Several rallies, counselling programmes and blood donation camps also organised.

  • Strong links with the government health officials and NRHM created, resulting in easy access to medicines, family planning products and IEC materials, further augmenting the project’s reach to beneficiaries.

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

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Reaching out to Hyderabad’s urban poor with healthcare services

Reaching out to Hyderabad’s urban poor with healthcare services

As per the latest census data, one in three people in Hyderabad is a slum dweller. It speaks of an astounding 264% increase in slum population in and around the metropolitan area. In total, there are 5.07 lakh slum households with 22.7 lakh dwellers.

The burgeoning urban poor population in Hyderabad struggle for basic services like housing, water and sanitation. The increase in the number of urban poor has increased the pressure in the civic authorities in responding to their health needs. Despite the presence of a vast public health network in the city, catering to patients in such big numbers is a daunting task.

With poor living conditions, no backup savings, food stocks, or social support system, the vulnerability of the slum dwellers to diseases and deaths increases multiple folds. The impacts of lack of basic amenities like sanitation, garbage disposal, and potable water on health on the one hand, and accessibility and quality issues of health facilities on the other, make the urban poor in Hyderabad susceptible to health shocks.

INTERVENTION

In order to take care of the healthcare needs of the underprivileged population, Smile Foundation intervened and launched a Smile on Wheels project in Hyderabad. The project being implemented was initiated in 2009 in partnership with Operation Blessing India.

After conducting a proper need analysis in and around Hyderabad, eight major areas were identified, wherein the fully equipped Smile on Wheels began its operation. The areas are Moti Nagar, Gajula Ramaram Gabbilalpet, Musharam Bagh, Malakpet, Rasoolpura, Borrabanda and Erragadda. With a team of doctors, nurses and other medical staff along with all possible required medicines from distinguished laboratories, the Smile on Wheels caters to a target population of over 57,000 every year in the aforementioned regions.

Right at the doorsteps, the Smile on Wheels provides all-inclusive healthcare services that include promotive, preventive and curative services. To complement the Smile on Wheels in reaching out to more patients, regular health camps are organized in all the slums that the unit covers. With a special focus on the health of women and children, the Smile on Wheels also makes the slum dwellers aware about preventive measures against diseases and educates them in health and hygiene.

Project Highlights

  • Along with special health camps being regularly conducted, this Smile on Wheels project reaches out to a population of 57,000 people every year.

  • This Smile on Wheels covers locations in and around Hyderabad. Some of the major areas that the Smile on Wheels travels to are Moti Nagar, Gajula Ramaram Gabbilalpet, Musharam Bagh, Malakpet, Rasoolpura, Borrabanda and Erragadda.

  • The total number of slums reached out to across the eight locations is 24. Special focus is given to women and children.

  • In all the slums that the project covers, multi-disciplinary health camps are conducted. These camps offer gynaecological, ophthalmology as well as paediatric care services.

  • Going forward, this Smile on Wheels aims at developing in all the people living in these slum areas the importance of sound health and inculcate in them a health seeking behaviour.

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

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Improving health of the underprivileged in Jaipur with Smile on Wheels

Improving health of the underprivileged in Jaipur with Smile on Wheels

Rajasthan – the largest state in India in terms of land area is home to 68 million people. 17% of the total population of the state resides in Jaipur, the state capital. As per the latest census report, more than 7 lakh people in the city live below the poverty line. There are as many as 250 slums in the district with more than 60,000 households.

Majority of the slum clusters are located on the outskirts that include forestlands and flood prone areas. The residents have poor living conditions with inadequate availability of water and sanitation facilities, and overcrowding. The excess in the urban poor population has created a gap in delivery of healthcare services to the underserved children and families. Among the slum dwellers, communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria get easily spread due to ignorance of health-seeking behaviour.

Despite the presence of a good network of public and private healthcare facilities, addressing the growing demand of the health needs of the underprivileged section of the city is a big challenge. Moreover, with majority of the slum population surviving on a very low annual income, spending on healthcare services becomes a big concern for the families.

INTERVENTION

In order to take care of the healthcare needs of the underprivileged population, Smile Foundation intervened and launched a Smile on Wheels project in Jaipur. The project being implemented was initiated in 2010 in partnership with Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti (SRKPS).

The primary objective of the project is to provide basic promotive, curative and preventive healthcare facilities to the inhabitants. Through a mobile hospital that is fitted with all the necessary medical equipment and staffed with medical experts, the project is also into spreading awareness and inculcating health-seeking behaviour in areas that lacked a proper healthcare system.

The project has been able to bring a positive change among the families in the slum communities. It has been able to sensitize children and the families of the slum clusters, who earlier were reluctant to even attend the awareness programmes that are conducted from time to time. It now reaches out to a significant population, educating them on issues pertaining to diseases like malaria, swine flu, polio awareness and more.

Project Highlights

  • Well-equipped mobile hospital launched in 2010 provides promotive, preventive and curative healthcare services to residents of 22 urban slums of Jaipur.

  • The mobile hospital unit visits 6 main slums of the Jaipur district, namely Kalakar, Bhatta, Jagatpura, Jhalana, Bagrana and Idgah, twice every week. It covers 16 more slum areas by organizing a special health camp every Sunday.

  • Spreading awareness about healthcare issues through various IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaigns in the slums.

  • Awareness programmes covered a wide range of topics, ranging from specific diseases to important issues like reproductive health in women. Rallies, counselling programmes and blood donation camps also organised.

  • Strong links with the government health officials and NRHM created, resulting in easy access to medicines, family planning products and IEC materials, further augmenting the project’s reach to beneficiaries.

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

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Reaching out to the slum dwellers of Kolkata with effective healthcare

Reaching out to the slum dwellers of Kolkata with effective healthcare

The state of West Bengal comes fifth in the list of ‘states with maximum poverty in India’ behind only Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. A whopping 22% of the urban population in Bengal lives below the poverty line.

Not only lack of essential civic amenities including drinking water, drainage, sanitation and electricity; but also absence of healthcare centres in the urban slums has resulted in the appalling living conditions of the slum dwellers. In Kolkata alone, there are over 70,000 people who are homeless and almost one-third of the total population live in slums.

Even though the city features a good network of public and private healthcare facilities, catering to the growing urban poor population is a daunting task for the authorities. Lack of awareness among the slum dwellers is one of the major issues that have led to the increasing number of diseases and deaths. There is a high burden of communicable diseases such as diarrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and AIDS etc., in the slums. Also, there is a high occurrence of preventable diseases in the communities that can be evaded when the population living in the slum clusters adopt health-seeking behaviour.

INTERVENTION

In order to take care of the healthcare needs of the underprivileged population, Smile Foundation intervened and launched a Smile on Wheels project in Kolkata. The project being implemented was initiated in 2012 in partnership with ArcelorMittal and Sabuj Sangha.

Before implementation of the project, need assessments of the areas were being done, wherein key issues of concern were identified. Five slums of South Kolkata and 1 in Salt Lake City in Kolkata were identified for operation. This mobile hospital project intervenes in these locations 2-3 times in a month and covers 20,000 people per year.

Smile on Wheels mobile hospital has a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other medical staff to meet immediate health care requirements of the community dwellers. Numerous health camps are organised alongside to give the facilities on promotive, preventive, curative and referral services to the whole community. This project is also doing sessions on maternal and child health with special focus on antenatal and postnatal care.

Project Highlights

  • Smile on Wheels project launched in five slums of South Kolkata and one in Salt Lake City in Kolkata to make health services accessible to the inhabitants.

  • Daily OPDs conducted that included free health check ups and pathological tests to diagnose the ailments and then provide medicines in the community.

  • Awareness campaigns on personal hygiene, basic health and sanitation are regularly conducted.

  • Audio-visual tools like charts, CDs, movies and engaging activities like group discussions and street plays are used for spreading awareness among the people.

  • The programme has reached out to a larger rural population, which includes women and children.

  • Working together with government initiatives like ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers to provide utmost benefit to the people.

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

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Jamnagar – ‘A Step Towards a Better Future’

Jamnagar - ‘A Step Towards a Better Future’

Owing to its rich culture, heritage and biodiversity, the western state of India, Gujarat is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the West’. Apart from a flourishing tourism industry, the state also has opulence of minerals and wildlife. In the last decade, the state of Gujarat has set a benchmark in terms of industrial and infrastructural development. Though high on development, the state has not been able to keep its social development indicators healthy.

In a time when the state’s economic model is being studied and implemented by other states, the rural population is still struggling for its basic needs. People inhabiting the rural regions have little access to proper healthcare services, besides basic education and employment. This scenario is similar in many districts and one such example is Jamnagar, better known for being home to the headquarters of Reliance Industries, one of the largest private industries of the country.

INTERVENTION

In wake of the poor healthcare system, Smile Foundation in a joint venture with Cairn India Limited initiated its mobile hospital programme, ‘Smile on Wheels’, on October 5, 2011. It was launched in 24 villages under the Khambhaliya, Kaliyanpur and Lalpur blocks of Jamnagar district. The programme was intended to deliver medical services at the doorsteps of the underprivileged sections of the society. Under the programme, specific lab tests are conducted whenever required so that people can be given disease-specific treatment. For sustainability of the project, community is involved so that they can adopt healthy practices.

During the initial stages, the project faced several challenges like low turnout of women, lack of interest among the villagers, and trust deficit; but over time these hindrances have been overcome. Now the participation of villagers in regular medical check-ups has increased many folds. The success of the project is evident from the tremendous support it received from the villagers and the appreciation certificates conferred by the village panchayats.

Project Highlights

  • ‘Preventive and curative medical services are provided to people and health awareness campaigns delivered through ‘Smile on Wheels’.

  • As a part of the programme, accessible and affordable healthcare services are provided in 24 villages.

  • Awareness campaigns on personal hygiene, basic health and sanitation are regularly conducted.

  • Audio-visual tools like charts, CDs, movies and engaging activities like group discussions and street plays are used for spreading awareness among the people.

  • The programme has reached out to a larger rural population, which includes women and children.

  • Working together with government initiatives like ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers to provide utmost benefit to the people.

  • Campaigns like AIDS awareness programmes and blood-detection and donation camps are also organised.

  • The ‘Healthy Child Competition’ is an innovative concept that has been introduced to promote a health-seeking attitude among the young generation of the underprivileged populace.

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

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Smile on Wheels, Patan, Gujarat

Smile on Wheels, Patan, Gujarat

The state of Gujarat has being doing exceptionally good on the economic and developmental parameters. Though the Human Development Index is also average, the living conditions of the rural populace tell a different story. The rural sections of the society do not have access to basic amenities like education and healthcare. Despite the high economic growth, malnutrition remains a major problem in these underprivileged regions. Hot arid climate and scarce rainfall makes it difficult to cope with these shortcomings.

Also the sex ratio in the state is one of the lowest in the country. Lack of proper education has resulted in unawareness and negligence of the reproductive health issues in women. In the name of socio-cultural norms, women have to deliver children at home without the aid of qualified and trained medical help. Also, the regions have high child mortality ratio due to widespread diseases like diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory tract infections.

INTERVENTION

In partnership with Cairn India Limited, Smile Foundation initiated the Smile on Wheels project to the needs of the neglected rural populace in two districts of Gujarat – Patan and Banaskantha. Twenty villages from three blocks – Radhanpur, Kankarej and Harij have been identified under the project. Beginning October 11, 2012, the initiative aims to provide basic healthcare services to the socio-economically disadvantaged sections in these areas, through a mobile health clinic.

Smile’s mobile health unit, provided with advanced medical equipments and competent staff, provides preventive and curative healthcare services in all the twenty villages. The success of the project’s awareness activities is evident from the growing numbers of women folk who now attend these programmes. Women in these villages have over time with the help of Smile foundation’s health services developed an understanding of healthy living.

The project has won praises from the community and local dignitaries, including the sarpanchs. The village panchayats have conferred appreciation certificates on Smile’s project team for the successfully brining a positive change in the health system.

Project Highlights

  • Periodical health camps with support from Anganwadi and ANM workers and Mobile health clinics enable delivery of medical services at the doorsteps of the underprivileged.

  • To address the maternal and reproductive health needs, a gynaecologist undertakes regular visits to pregnant women, who are reluctant to visit the mobile health van.

  • Antenatal and postnatal check-ups along with counselling on maternal health are conducted for the beneficiaries.

  • To spread awareness among the rural population and establish a rapport with the village community, regular awareness campaigns are conducted.

  • Children are engaged in awareness campaigns through video shows showcasing short films on subjects like dental hygiene, personal hygiene, healthy diet and ways to keep our surroundings clean.

  • Drawing and essay writing competitions on the topic of ‘disease-free village’ are also held to assess their understanding of the topic and develop a sense of responsibility in them.

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

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Prayatn varanashi sow

Prayatn varanashi sow

About the Partner

Prayathn was established in the year 1992 to enable people to respond to their situation of inequality and injustice. In their journey of 18 years we have always kept focus on programmes and activities that deal with health, education, child right, gender equality, empowerment and livelihood. Prayatna started working in Varanasi in 2008 with the vision that each and every person irrespective of their sex, age, race, column, class and religion should have a life of freedom and dignity in which they enjoy all their human rights and have the opportunity to fully develop their potential.

About the Project

This Smile on Wheel was launched on 9th February 2011. The project was flagged off by popular TV actor Roshni Chopra. The project is being implemented in 12 slum areas of Varanasi district. The mobile hospital unit visit locations namely – Bagwanala, Doulatpur, Bhim Nagar, Shalil Putri, Koniya, Choti Maldahiya, Nagawa, Sonbarasa, Navada, Khojwa, Dasawamegh Ghat and Sankat Mochan. It covers a total population of over 25, 800 in these locations. The mobile hospital attending each of these locations 4 times in a month.

The unit has a team of doctors, nurses and other medical staff along with all possible required medicines from distinguished laboratories and are distributed free of cost to the ailing. The patients are charged either nothing or a nominal cost for the treatment and consultation. With a special focus on the health of women and children, the mobile hospital unit also makes the slum dwellers aware about preventive measures against diseases and educates them in health and hygiene.

Going forward, this Smile on Wheels aims at developing in all the people living in these slum areas the importance of sound health and inculcate in them a health seeking behaviour.