Promoting Good Health

Many communities of remote villages in India still lack access to advanced medical services. Setting up clinics in far-flung areas is necessary to ensure good health, nation-wide Kaniguma and Kerpai villages of Thuamul Rampur block in Odisha are among the most underdeveloped areas in India. Basic services like health, education and infrastructure have been beyond…

Envisioned And Lived

It was almost 9 pm on Friday when the ‘Thar (Mahindra) gaadi‘ arrived. It had gone to fetch the young girl in labour from a village- Serkapai about 4 km away. The girl had started experiencing labour pains that morning and had walked the narrow mountain path (not motorable) to reach the swasthya saathi (health…

Waiting For ‘Death’ To Come

We reached our Kerpai health center at around noon. This time we could not come to clinic on Monday so we were late by 3 days. By the evening patient started coming to center. As patients were more than usual and that too at unusual time, our 3 days gap was evident. One of our…

Out Of Comfort Zone

They say, comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there. Meaning, when you are repetitively doing a particular activity or a particular job in a certain way for the long time then you get used to it. The newness of that activity gradually decreases and naturally it becomes a comfort zone for…

TULSI Program and HPS

TULSI is a programme conceived by Swasthya Swaraj after seeing the plight of tribal adolescent girls in Thuamul Rampur Block of Kalahandi district, Odisha. 90% of them living in remote villages and hamlets are illiterate and invisible. This is an attempt towards comprehensive community health in order to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity….

Field Animators and Community Nurses

The Field Animators are educated local youth mostly tribal youth (plus Two and above) who are the fulcrum of the Swasthya Swaraj comprehensive community health programme. They are trained with knowledge and skills in health topics, communication skills and leadership skills. They conduct village meetings, organize awareness programmes, compile data, supervise Swasthya Sathis and take…

Swasthya Sathis: Primary Healthcare Providers

These are village women selected by the locals during village meetings at one per village/hamlet. 92% of the women are tribal out of which 90% are illiterate or semiliterate. Accessibility to healthcare facilities is an important factor in health promotion and is a big problem in tribal areas. Presence of Swasthya sathis in each village…

Mortality: Maternal & Neonatal

In the area we work, the maternal mortality is unacceptably high and child mortality is 284 per 1000 live births. 74% of Infant mortality rate is neonatal deaths. Malaria in pregnancy is to the tune of 27-32% which leads to maternal and foetal complications and low birth weight babies. Regular high-quality antenatal care is the…

Malaria: Prevention and Cure

Malaria being the foremost cause for mortality of under-five children, maternal mortality and morbidity,  reduced productivity among the locals and highly endemic to our field area, the aggressive malaria control programme that Swasthya Swaraj runs is both clinic-based as well as community-based reaching out to the field areas with preventive and curative services. Early diagnosis…

Village Clinics: Current Services & Future Plans

Swasthya Swaraj runs Health Centres at two locations deprived of health facilities in Thuamul Rampur Block of Kalahandi. Health Centre at Kaniguma village in the Kaniguma Gram Panchayat- 55 km from the district headquarters of Bhawanipatna and 27 km from the block Headquarters at Thuamal Rampur, is located in a humble,  rented structure, has a…