The impact of poverty on health is a key focus of public health. It’s a major concern that many of the disparities in the health status is by income and documented a stair step pattern of worsening outcomes from rich to poor that holds true for almost all risk factor, diseases, and causes of death, and persist with racial and ethnic group. People living in poverty have a higher prevalence of disability and chronic illness and shorter life expectancy than those at higher income levels.
Disability is not a curse. It is differently ability, says a student. Some are differently abled. Eighty percent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, according to the UN development programme. Chetanalaya has been working with differently abled people to enable and enhance the abilities and touch and transform their lives. Chetanalaya strongly believes in the community based rehabilitation of persons with different abilities and the intervention of chetanalaya in this year could easily prove the point.
Internationally, the relationship between income and health is even more striking. In developing nations, up to 20 percent of children die before the age of five, and 50 percent children are malnourished. Reports also show that there is high maternal mortality rate in developing countries than developed countries. The relationship between poverty and health is complex. Many factor play into this link, including poor environmental condition, low education level and awareness of needed medical care, financial barriers in accessing health services, and a lack of resources necessary to maintain good health status.
Health Education: Chetanalaya undertakes health education as a means of raising health awareness among children, women and the community. This is done primarily through the help of animators and health workers in the project areas. Various aspects of health like nutrition, cleanliness, common diseases, preventive health care, immunization…etc are discussed in detail during the monthly parents-teacher meetings and health awareness programmes.
Wide-Ranging Health Camps: A number of health camps are conducted by Chetanalaya in all centres that are done with the association of some health care partners with a view to provide treatment services by initially conducting diagnosis and referrals to hospitals for major cases. A team consisting of doctors, nurses and assistants were available at camp location where the community people could come and have check-ups. Medicines for common sicknesses are provided at the camps and in severe cases it’s referred to various hospitals.
Mother and Child Care Camps: Chetanalaya organizes regular mother and child care camps where expectant mothers and lactating mothers receive due advice and suggestions on medicines and nourishments they should take. They are also made aware of the preventive measures against some common illnesses that affect the mother and child. This intervention has been started in one of the colonies of Chetanalaya in the current year.
Other services like Mental Health Camps, DOTS Centre, etc are still continued as a part of our interventions an all the suburban and rural areas of Chetanalaya’s presence in the current year. Although these programs offer valuable assistance to help low-income individuals obtain necessary medical care, the deficits in access and coverage faced by the low-income population are not easily overcome. With the periodic services provided with the support of our partners, we tend to march ahead.
Achievements as on 31/3/16
- Widened Network with all the major Medical Care Facilities in the State.
- Served more than 15,000 individuals over the last 10 Years with financial assistance for medical care.
- Organized approximately 900 Medical Camps in the last 4 Decades of Community Health Care.
- Over 22000 beneficiaries every year to avail medical benefits at the grass root level
- More than 30000 Referral Cases over the last 40 years who have obtained free surgeries through various medical care facilities.
- 113 awareness camps on Health/Sanitation.