Jeeps increase access to mobile health clinics
Salt of the Earth donations have funded the purchase of two jeeps and implementation of travelling mobile health clinics. Our doctors in South India have been using the Jeeps to access the hard to reach villages of Tamil Nadu, setting up health clinics to provide patients with medicines, diabetes check ups and medical advice free of charge.
Community workers in each village have also been administered ‘First Medical Aid’ training, to further support the rural poor communities. The health team have trained over 700 women in 30 villages in the last twelve months. This extensive training consists of six modules backed up with a comprehensive booklet which has been written and published by CRUSADE.
Our mobile health clinics have been greatly received, with long queues of patients at each location. The lack of health care availability in these villages means that common and preventable diseases such as diarrhea, anemia, skin infections and cholera cause deaths at an alarming rate.
In the past twelve months, over 2,000 diagnoses were made - 1,497 blood pressure and 583 diabetes. Wherever possible herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies are prescribed. These treatments are cost effective, culturally acceptable to the villagers, are effective for many of the local illnesses and are given without charge.
The Mobile health clinic project has been a huge success and with the purchasing of the Jeeps, even more patients are receiving medial treatment and training. Devi, a health training participate stated:
“This experience has changed my eating habits and my approach to preparing healthy food. We eat lots of greens, fruit, and other vegetables now. Washing vegetables before cooking, covering the food after cooking and keeping the kitchen clean are some of the crucial tips I gathered.
During my younger days, to talk about menstruation was a taboo. But, after the training, we openly discuss about menstruation and how cleanliness is a must with my daughter who is 11 years old. Keeping her body clean, washing hands after the use of washroom, wearing clean clothes, avoiding snacks are some of the advice I have given my daughter.”
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