In order to address the healthcare needs of the underprivileged population, Smile Foundation intervened and launched a Smile on Wheels project in Ranchi. The project was initiated in 2013 and being implemented in partnership with Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra.
The project seeks to address problems of mobility, accessibility and availability of primary health care with a special focus on children and women in the urban slums and villages of Ranchi district. After identifying the locations and a detailed study on the need assessment, the project was launched and set off for operations. These mobile hospitals use modern, state-of-the-art equipments along with pathological services as well as audio-visual aids for spreading awareness about health issues in the community. The Smile on Wheels team constitutes Project Coordinator, Doctor, Lab Technician, Nurse, Pharmacist, Driver and a Community Mobilizer.
General Diseases (fever, cough and cold), blood pressure and diabetes, eye infection, weakness, itching, antenatal care (ANC), gastroenteritis, hypertension, body pain, and skin diseases are the top ten diseases in the descending order which are being treated on regular basis. In addition to these, community awareness sessions are being conducted on vital issues pertaining to child, mother and family health.
On an average, over 20,000 children and their families are being catered to with healthcare services every year through the project.
On quarterly basis, 45.5 % young mothers and women, 24.5 % children are directly benefitting from the healthcare services provided by Smile on Wheels.
Besides curative and preventive health services, Smile on Wheels is also providing promotive services in Angar, Bundu, Namkom, Ormanjhi and Patratu areas, covering a population of 130,000.
150 adolescent girls have been prepared to emerge as ‘Change Makers.’ They have been trained on issues such as anaemia, life cycle approach of an adolescent girl, access to health care, adulthood and motherhood.
School children have also been included in Smile on Wheels’ health coverage. Moreover, multi-specialty health camps have been a special feature in addition to the daily mobile health service.
21,346 CHILDREN DIRECTLY PROVIDED EDUCATION THROUGH 120 CENTERS IN 21 STATES
50% OF TOTAL BENEFICIARIES ENROLLED WHERE GIRL CHILDREN, TO ENSURE A FAIR START FOR ALL
100% CHILDREN RECEIVED REGULAR NUTRITION & HEALTH CARE SUPPORT
100% TEACHER RECEIVED TRAINING IN INNOVATIVE TEACHING SKILLS
A TOTAL 133 OPDS ORGANIZED
THE NUMBER OF VILLAGES/SLUMS
COVERED WAS 10
TOTAL NUMBER OF FEMALE AND CHILD BENEFICIARIES WERE 5286
A TOTAL OF 8788 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES PROVIDED