Healthcare is primarily the utmost commodity that needs to be taken care after by every individual. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being is important to building prosperous societies and is as equally important for preventing any kind of complications.
To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages is the drawback having insufficient health facilities or less accessibility by the terrains of the Rajasthan region. Despite having enormous expenditure on health facilities, the state’s most regions falling under border areas still lacks proper feasibility and facilities of health provision.
The healthcare delivery system has tried numerous detours to reach hard-to-reach places, but transportation requires additional force to facilitate the service. Seeing a grave urgent need, DHARA Sansthan volunteered at multiple health camps from 1989 to 1994 through Dharmarth Charitable Hospital, delivering free medicine. Between 1995 and 2000, 24 days of intensive trainings were provided to some 5th grade qualified women in collaboration with government health professionals for distinctive supports to reduce IMR and MMR rates and create awareness sessions on family planning, seasonal charts were given at the community, block, and district levels.
As Reproductive Child Health was one of the foundational areas to be addressed, a decade-long intervention was carried out, during which vaccination camps for infants and pregnant women in the proposed areas were organised, and village health committees were formed to monitor the effectiveness of the programmes through review meetings with the support of TBAs.
This chapter has tackled traditional societal taboos; people have been made aware since then by ANMs and health workers highlighting subjects such as Reproductive and Child Health (RCH), Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA), and so on.
The intervening area for health has not only been limited to issues that could be addressed, but DHARA Sansthan has enormously covered a large segment where it has also dealt with HIV/AIDS infected patients in the 2000’s out of 682 patients’ identification of 37 HIV patients ensured that HIV/AIDS was addressed and counselled. Simultaneously, health initiatives such as contraceptive products for male counterparts, sexual health awareness, regular meetings on antenatal and postnatal care, safe institutional deliveries, infant immunization, health workshops, malaria control and slide testing lab, health camps, comprehensive several eye health camps at Jalore, Siwana block, women health and safe motherhood, kits distribution to TBAs’, Child Maternal Health programme, disability programme and animal health camps programs were implemented.
We made certain that resources were available for health-care providers at the time. As previously stated, droplets form the ocean; similarly, the Swasthya Karmi Yojana health initiative, which began with 15 villages in collaboration with the government, has now expanded to include doorstep services provided by mobile health vans to people in 1000+ villages across Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Health has become both a connection component and a key area. As a result, we have prioritized health as a very important element for individuals to evaluate and understand the difference in their lives’ standards.
People were exclusively dependant on Sub-centers back then, and such locations existed where ANMs had to go several kilometres, crossing sand-dunes at the extremes of both heat and cold. Later, as the new period progressed, we recognised the need for extra resources to address health challenges on a bigger scale, and we shifted our model of intervention to doorstep health-care services with Mobile health Vans reaching 215 villages across Rajasthan and Gujarat.
A campaign for the span of 6 months named “Nirogi Rajasthan Abhiyan” was run to create impact keeping prime focus to spread awareness on improving overall health and well-being.
Our vaccination service worked hand in hand with this model, allowing us to identify children who needed to be vaccinated against their usual doses. In contrast, the intervention’s demands were limitless.