700 million people live in rural areas where the condition of medicalfacilities are generally deplorable. Many backward and remote areas in our country lack basichealth care infrastructure, limiting access to health services, and causing susceptibility to epidemics, terminal, and short-term illnesses, and natural-disaster related maladies to skyrocket. Considering this grim picture, there is a dire need for the introduction of novel practices and procedures, and improved medical infrastructure, to ensure
that healthcare and treatment of a respectable standard promptly reaches the deprived corners of Indian villages.Interventions of Rehab India Foundation in the healthcare sector are therefore aimed at ensuring long-term, positive impact within marginalised populations, especially women and girls. We work towards strengthening the Government’s healthcare delivery system. We also attempt to reach out to the mostbackward and impoverished people in remote areas.
STRENGTHEN HEALTH SYSTEMS
In association with ASHA (Accredited SocialHealth Activists) workers, Rehab India Foundation
conducts various awareness programmes inrural areas, especially for women. Rural women
experience poor health outcomes, and haveless access to health care than their male or urban
counterparts. With ASHA’s assistance, Rehab has focused on ensuring that rural women are educated on health care-relatedtopics, such as malnutrition, maternal and infant
mortality, etc. Accredited social health activistsand community health workers instituted by the
government of India’s Ministry of Health andFamily Welfare (MoHFW) as part of the National
Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have contributedto these systems. Rehab also gives special attention
to the education of people on the importance of leading a healthy life. Public Health Centres (PHCs) are state-owned rural health care facilities in India. They are essentially single-physician clinics, usually equipped with facilities to conduct minor surgeries.They are part of the government-funded publichealth system in India, and are the most basicunits of this system. PHCs are the cornerstone ofrural healthcare. PHCs and their sub-centres aresupposed to meet the health care needs of rural
population. Unfortunately, due to non-accessibilityand lack of awareness amongthe rural populace,
they do not approach PHCs.In order to tackle this pressing problem,Rehab, in association with local PHCs, has organized several healthcare programmes and awareness campaigns,to encourage rural people to access healthcare.
PROVIDE HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Monthly medical campaigns are organisedin Rehab VDPs and nearby non-intervention villages
based on their needs.Organising various medical camps at regularintervals is targeted at providing health solutions.
REHAB MOBILE MEDICAL AMBULANCE
“Hospitals onwheels” reach out to people in remote villages.The aforementioned health camps
impart health education andsensitise the community on preventive health grounds. They generate awareness,while diagnosis and treatment of numerous healthhazards also take place. Specialised health camps are organised for Eyecare, TB, Malaria, Anaemia, Dengue, Swine Flu,Japanese Encephalitis, Diarrhoea and HIV diseases.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Breast cancer awareness day is observed, annually inRehab India Foundation’s VDPs. Awareness
programmes are also organised, in efforts toreduce thenegative stigma surrounding breast
cancer, through education on symptoms andtreatment. ASHA workers are also
invited to inform rural women of the need forearly detection ofbreast cancer, which leads to higherlong-term survival rates. Numerous women havebenefited through this awareness programme.
HEALTH & HYGIENE AWARENESS
Held at VDPs such as that at Hazipara, this programmeIs exclusively based on health issues faced by
women in rural areas. ASHA workers explainto rural women, hygienicmeasures the importance of better health.Medical campsare also conducted for victims of natural disasters; such as floods in Bihar. The victims are screened for fever, asthma, cold and other related ailments.In the absence of other emergency assistance facilities, people rushto such campsfor medical aid. Beneficiaries have expressed theirgratitude for the timely assistance.
WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK
As a part of World Breastfeeding Week,campaigns are held exclusively for women.
In such programmes, ANM workers are invitedto enlighten rural women regarding varioustopics, such as prevention of anaemia, benefitsof breastfeeding, immunisation and personalhygiene. Many women have benefited throughsuch awareness programmes.
VIRAL HEPATITIS AWARENESS
Rehab organises AwarenessCampaigns in VDPs across India on the dangers of viral hepatitis. In order to influence real change among ruraland illiterate people, these campaigns, entail seminars,
speeches, and workshops, with medical practitioners informing the rural community of the dangers of Hepatitis, it’s causes and symptoms. In such campaigns, patientsare also treated, and provided and free medicines.
In association with various Eyecare Foundationsand Research Centres, Rehab India Foundation
organizes Vision Screening Campaigns atVDPs, such as those in West Bengal. Doctors regularly examine patients, with some were recommendedfurther treatment, or eye surgery. Free medicines including eyedrops are also distributed.