Listed among the poorest states in India, Jharkhand has population of over 32 million with almost 54% of it living below the poverty line. The capital city – Ranchi houses the highest urban population in the state. The health and living condition of the urban poor in Ranchi is dismal. As per reports, infant mortality rate and under 5 mortality rates among urban poor is 50 percent and 58 percent respectively. Also, the percentage of urban poor pregnant women receiving complete antenatal care is as low as 17.5 percent.

Healthcare facilities in Ranchi that includes both government and private owned hospitals cater majorly to the economically empowered populace. Not only Ranchi hospitals attend to patients from all over Jharkhand region but also from neighbouring regions of Bihar. This has increased the burden on the healthcare facilities in the district.

Unhygienic living conditions, lack of drinking water, illiteracy, poverty and lack of health-seeking behaviour has resulted in the increase of diseases and number of deaths among the urban poor people, especially those who dwell in the slum clusters. People living in these slum clusters generally belong to the lowest economic strata and are dependent on the meagre income that they make as minor farmers and daily wagers.


Project Highlights

  • 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.

Impact

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


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