Imparting health facilities to the remote villages with the help of Shri Baba Haidakhan Charitable Hospital and Trust.
One of the major problems in the remote villages is the lack of basic health facilities In various village and SHG meetings, the need of health camps at a centralised location of a project cluster emerged out. The project tried its best to solve this problem with the existing health departments. programs but due to the unavailability of doctors and medicines, much success not met. Meanwhile, contacts were made with Baba Haidakhan Charitable Hospital Trust at Chiliyanaula, Ranikhet (Almora) and a ray of hope emerged to serve the poor and backward project community. As the trust was working in selected pockets of Almora district, it was a challenging task to convince the Management Board of Trust to work outside the district in remote pockets with lack of basic infrastructure like roads, but with the motivation and commitment of young and enthousiastic doctors our dream came true and the district project team with the help of NGO’s and community successfully the organisation of 10 health camps in remote project clusters in 2006 – 2007 – 2008. The process of successs can be summarized as:
- Contacts made with Haidakhan Trust and orientation of project to Haidakhan Tea
- Detailed interaction with doctors of Haidakhan Trust and negotiations on contribution by each sakeholder of the program
- After a series of talk with doctors and management, it was decided that various stakehoulders like community, FNGO, Project (DMU) and Haidakhan Trust will fully cooperate at its end to make the program successful
- Community will contribute by providing necssary infrastructure like table, chair, cot, mat, water and electricity facility, local fooding arrangements and wide publicity of program atvillage level. Besides, every patient will contribute Rs. 2 as registration fee and half cost of the medicines.
- The FNGO were made responsibility for wide publicity of progam and making necessary arrangements during the camp.
- The project through its DMU team contributed towards the cost of communication material, boarding and lodging of medical team, fuel expenses of the vehicules of trust. photo-videogra, documentation and transport through DMU vehicle.
- The trust gave its full cooperation by providing an experienced dand qualified medical team o f 10 persons (comprising of 4 doctors), medicines at half cost (free for category I patients) and vehicule support with mobile van.
- Identification of potential loctions for organisation of health camp. A centralised loction of the cluster mainly a common place like school, Panchayat ghar was selected with the consent of the community.
- Detailed action plan prepared in fortmhtly community DMU-FNGO meetings and sharing of various responsibilities,
- During the camps four doctor’s teams were developed i.e. Dental, Ee related, Physician and women related and Ayurved related (due to unavailability of lady doctor the related patients were covered by Physicians,
- The health camps were organised in various batches and more than 2000 patients were treated during these camps. Medicines worh Rs. 78000 were distributed to the patients and community contribution of > Rs. 32.00 was collected by the trust
- Based on the geographial and poverty conditions, the doctors gave useful suggestions to the patients regaring health management with available resources and adoptin better health practics.
- After the camps, a feedback session was also organised with the FNGO team where the doctors gave necessary tips and future guidelines based on their experiences with the patients of the day..
- Folow up of these camps was also done by linking the identified cataract patients with Advanced Eye Camp organised by trust at Haidakhan Hospital at Chiliyanaula, Rhaniket. The DMU and FNGO team supported in this endeavour by p roviding transport and handholding vacility and tith the result, 7 cataract operations were successfully conducted.
This successful convergence program was appreciated by the community district administration and the project management and in the future also such programs are planned in the project area. To sustain the efforts of project, the enthousiastic doctor’s team had given the idea of Telemedicine, which can open new aavenues in providing health facility to the doorstep of deprived rural community. The project will make its best efforts to achieve the dream.
The project tried its best to solve this problem with the existing health department programs but due to the unavailability of doctors and medicins, much success not met. Meanwhile, contacts were made with Baba Haidakhan Charitable Hospital Trust at Chiliyanaula, Ranikhet (Almora) and a ray of hope emerged to serve the poor and backward project community.
As the trust was working in selected pockets of Almora district, it was a challenging task to convince the Management Board of Trust to work outside the district in reote pockets with lack of basic infrastructur like roads, buth with the motivation and commitment of young and enthousiastic doctors our dream came true and the district project team with the help o FNGOs and commmunity successfully