Tribal Support – Clinic, Health Kits and Health Worker Training
Over 10,000 tribal families are living in interior forest habitations of Bhadradri Kothagudem area in 149 habitations spread across 60kms radius. Many of these tribals (Gond Adivasis) had migrated from Chhattisgarh over last 30 to 40 years. These tribal people lack access to basic healthcare as the closest town Kothagudem is many kilometres away, while even the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for most of them includes a long trek by foot before they reach the nearest road. “Malnutrition is the predominant issue. Infant mortality rate (IMR) and Maternal mortality rate (MMR) are high because women are forced to deliver at the hamlet itself. The risk is also high because many of them are anemic. Diarrhea, malaria and seasonal fevers are also common.
To provide health care services to tribal people, Rural Hope Foundation has taken up the following initiatives:
Rural Hope Foundation started a health clinic to provide medical care to as many adivasi people as possible. It’s located in Regalla, Kothagudem, Telangana. A doctor and a health worker are at the clinic to provide health care services to the patients on a daily basis
These kits provide vital Healthcare services to tribal families in interior forest habitations at Bhadradri Kothagudem. Each kit contains BP apparatus, stethoscope, digital thermometer, fetal doppler, glucometer, pulse oximeter, weighing machine, Himoglobin meter..etc. Using these kits, trained health workers are providing maternal and child care services to pregnant women including antenatal care, postnatal care and safe deliveries. General healthcare services are provided to seniors as well with this kit. These kits are saving lives.
Training a group of 60 community heath workers every month so that they provide necessary health care services to tribal people 30 hamlets. Two health workers support each tribal hamlet. Every month, there is training for 2 days to teach them various aspects in health care, including how to use all the tools in the health kit.