‘Health is Wealth’, keeping this in mind, we successfully launched A Health Campaign at A village near District Ajamgarh (U.P.) (Prathmik Vidyalya gram Korighana P.O. Martinganj Vikash Khand Fhulpur) with a population of approx 2225 people had no health facility. Due to non accessibility to public health care and low quality of health care services, a majority of people in Phulpur turn to local practitioners who have less knowledge to deal with the disease. On 20th-Aug-2014 Udaan foundation organized a health campaign for well being, preventing ill health and prolonging people’s lives at Phulpur.
Sr. Physician Dr. D.P Yadav and Dr. A. K Maurya along with their team diagnosed 427 (registered) people who were treated free of cost and distributed free medicine. Health check included full body check up. The aim was to aware people living in remote areas about their starting age health issues. Our teams of Doctors guided people about minor as well as major diseases. We chose remote areas where no doctor, hospital or any health centre was available and reached helpless people.
In future, we plan to organize health campaigns in remote areas of places like Jaunpur, Sultanpur, Mariyahu, Bhadohi, Mirazapur, Varanasi, Chaundauli, Sonbhadra. These health campaigns will be focused at catering to the health requirements of poor people who don’t get medical help due to their location or financial condition. Our teams of Doctors put in their untiring efforts to aware people about health and guide them of living a healthy life.
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. Despite accounting for 1/4th of the country’s poor population, urban areas have less than 4% of government primary health care 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. Health for underprivileged, which is a desperate need, thus remains unaddressed. As a result, cases of poor women health, malnourishment in children and deaths from preventable diseases from such areas are always high.
The neglect in even the simplest preventive medical treatment usually leads to a more serious ailment and eventually into deaths. The need of the hour is thus a two pronged approach – first to bring quality health care services to doorsteps of the needy and second to promote healthcare awareness and contemporary health care seeking behaviour among the underprivileged.
In such a scenario a mobile health care services delivery system is the most practical mechanism. And in subscription to this view, Udaan Foundation has initiated the Udaan on Wheels programme. This is a unique mobile hospital programme that seeks to address problems of mobility, accessibility and availability of primary health care with a special focus on children and women, in urban slums and remote rural areas.
Udaan Health Camps
Even after decades of freedom, India is struggling to provide basic health services to its people. According to government sources, in India 45 children die every hour due to respiratory infections. 1 child dies every 2 minutes due to diarrhoea. And annually, about 2 million children under 5 years of age die due to preventable diseases.
The situation calls for timely care and diagnosis which can reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality especially among children and women.
Udaan Health Camps is one such special initiative of Udaan Foundation to provide healthcare services to meet the immediate health care needs of the marginalized community in remote rural areas and slums through standalone camps. Customized health camps are organized extensively across the country offering comprehensive health services – curative, preventive, promotive and referral, to a large number of people in selected intervention areas.