Healthcare For All
Healthy living conditions and good quality healthcare for all citizens are basic human rights and essential components of development. AID works with its partners for make rational & affordable healthcare accessible in the remote villages of India and holding the public healthcare system accountable.
SUPPORTING SILICOSIS AFFECTED PEOPLE IN JHARKHAND
Many small-scale factories in the mineral rich Chhotanagpur Plateau of eastern India employ the local tribal population in hazardous workplaces such as quartz grinding or stone crushing, with no health or safety considerations. Prolonged exposure to the microscopic silica dust-laden work environment has led to widespread incidence of Silicosis – an irreversible lung disease which has devastated several rural communities in the region, rendering their bread-earners too ill to work and often leading to a slow and painful death. AID supports the multi-faceted approach of the Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand (OSHAJ) to address this issue.
- OSHAJ conducts medical exams for at-risk rural communities & records occupational histories
- Campaigns for urgent/critical medical care
- Promotes policy initiatives for Silicosis prevention
- Raises awareness among workers, employers and healthcare providers
- Material support to families of silicosis victims
- National Human Rights Commission has directed the govt. to give compensation to families of 32 silicosis victims, after their death
- The state govt. has formulated Jharkhand Occupational Safety & Health Cell
HEALTHCARE IN REMOTE FOREST VILLAGES, CHHATTISGARH
Jan Swasthya Sahayog works intensively in 54 remote forest villages in Chhattisgarh where 110 trained village healthworkers are the advocates of health for all and the first line of defense against illnesses. They are backed by 3 remote subcenters and finally a rural hospital in Ganiari that is capable of providing tertiary care. An ambulance and cell phones for the healthworkers ensure meaningful healthcare in these forest villages.
- An Ambulance is stationed in the furthest subcenters which brings the sick to the rural hospital every morning and responds to emergencies.
- In absence of public transport, the ambulance is the lifeline for many villages
- Through cell phones, the village health workers seek a second opinion from a senior health worker for better decision making
- Health workers decide on dosage of drugs, investigations and urgency of referral
- Rural hospital can communicate back to the health workers
AMHI AMCHYA AROGYASAKHI, MAHARASHTRA
Thirty six percent population of Nagpur lives in the slums where maternal and infant mortality are high. Amhi Amchya Arogyasakhi are trained healthworkers from the community who work in 9 slums. They monitor the health of mothers and new borns. Anticipate high risk deliveries and refer them to proper health facilities.
- People contribute to Emergency Health Funds from which everyone can draw in times of health needs
- Arogyasakhis organize awareness events on womens’ rights, social development and sexual harassment
- Save the Girl Child campaign has increased the sex ratio from 911 F/1000M to 984 F/1000M