“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything” – Arabic proverb
India has made rapid strides in the health sector since independence. However, various eye opening data from NFHS clearly indicate that access to healthcare still remains a challenge.
While the health statistics of rural India continue to be poor, the health status and access to health for the poor in urban slum dwellers has surfaced to be equally deplorable and have less than 4% of government primary healthcare facilities.
Urban slum dwellers suffer from adverse health conditions owing to mainly two reasons –first the lack of education and thus lack of awareness; and second the unwillingness to lose a day’s wage in order to reach the nearest medical facility. Healthcare for underprivileged, which is a desperate need, thus remains unaddressed.
We also conduct regular health camps for homeless and underprivileged who find it difficult to reach to the hospital.
Health is a productive asset that influences economic growth significantly. According to the National Health Policy 2001 the morbidity & mortality levels in the country are still unacceptably high. We recognize that attainment of health indicators have been very uneven across the rural-urban divide. Access to public health services is nominal and health standards are grossly inadequate for the vulnerable sections of the society. The over all objectives of our health programmes have been Promotion of positive health, prevention of diseases, early diagnosis-treatment and follow up of disease, and provision of healthy environment.
We have successfully campaigned in Immunization process through organizing health camps with the help of local Govt. Hospitals and the Immunization included giving up regular doses of Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Measles and Tetanus to Children and pregnant mothers.
With our experience we have found that there is immense need to strengthen the Immunization process in both urban and rural areas.