STL’s Mobile Medical Unit- Making Healthcare Accessible to All
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STL’s Mobile Medical Unit- Making Healthcare Accessible to All

By auther pic. CSRBOX

February 3, 2020

STL’s Mobile Medical Unit- Making Healthcare Accessible to All

STL

In India, the availability of quality healthcare in rural areas is a glaring issue. Several factors such as non-operational public healthcare centers, poorly connected villages and limited transportation facilities further add to the problem. Apart from this, lack of awareness and proper guidance from professionals is also a major concern that contributes to the deteriorating health of rural dwellers. Without access to fundamental healthcare, the potential for any community to sustain and thrive reduces drastically.

To tackle this problem, STL, in 2006 decided to focus on providing quality healthcare to tribals who form a majority of the population in Silvassa. These individuals do not just comprise of 53% of Silvassa’s population, but are also financially weaker sections of society. STL together with Indian Red Cross; a credible healthcare partner of the Government of Dadra and Nagar Haveli launched the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) to ensure these fractions of society have equitable access to quality healthcare.

Silvassa

Since then, the lives of people residing in the villages of Silvassa, Dadar and Nagar Haveli have changed considerably due to the medical assistance provided by STL’s Mobile Medical Unit. Every day a doctor and a nurse ready themselves for a journey through muddy, uneven roads to reach disconnected villages. No matter how bumpy the rides get, the MMU reaches the villages and its people to conduct free check-ups, provide medicines and even organize regular awareness sessions to educate them on hygiene and the importance of a healthy body. It also doubles up as an ambulance for villagers who need advanced attention and has to be shifted to the city hospital.

With every change of season, these tribals contract various ailments, which, if not treated timely and appropriately can become a major medical crisis. Every monsoon brings with it an upsurge in cases related to malaria. Variations in climate come with a whirlwind of viral fever cases. The heat and dust cause eye and throat infections. Come winter and the cases of throat infection and pneumonia rise. Awareness sessions are therefore steered prior to a season change. This helps create awareness among the tribals to act on time in case of any health-related concerns. The emphasis remains on maintaining hygiene in the village and in households. Teachers are also motivated to speak about the importance of health and hygiene in the classroom.

To further improve the well-being of the tribals, their health records are maintained digitally. Data from regular check-ups through technology even in low or no network areas provides real-time updates. This helps in reviewing and monitoring the program’s impact closely. This also opens up the possibility of taking additional steps to remedy ailments or suggest advanced treatment for patients where the ailment recurrence is persistent. Furthermore, technology and such digital solutions help in the effective utilization of resources thereby reducing operational costs, leaving funds for more innovative and creative interventions.

So far, the initiative has covered over 2,20,000 patients. It has even helped STL monitor SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being closely for the tribals in Silvassa. The tribals now wait for the MMU every week in anticipation. Covering 36 locations and operating 26 days in a month, the MMU has, over the last 14 years ensured quality healthcare reaches tribal families right at their doorsteps, making sure the elderly and even children are not neglected.

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CSRBOX is India's largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) analytics and partnerships platform. It lists CSR portfolio of 1000+ companies falling under the ambit of mandatory CSR and investing altogether over more than INR 10,000 Cr. on CSR projects each year. CSRBOX under ambit of Renalysis Consultants Pvt. Ltd, works on various research and consulting projects with corporate, CSR Foundations, iNGOs and UN organizations.

 

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