PAUNI CLINIC UPDATES

To reach Pauni Tribal Clinic one drives down the seventy odd miles on National Highway 44 and in just about an hour and forty minutes you reach your destination. The straight line distance for most of the time may vary in actual travel distance due to curvature of the road.  Driving up northward from Nagpur along the winding wooded landscape allows you to pass through lands rich with biodiversity of the region.

Pauni Clinic is not particularly an imposing medical center and the small clinic works well as a primary care clinic. However because it is situated in the heart of an outlying forest community it becomes a hub for forest people who are drawn to it from all around. It works well for the elderly, the children, the women and the sick adults who get treated for a range of ailments. It’s a reminder of the old-fashioned way of treating people!

As a rural clinical outpost of LMH medical center to which HERD Foundation is affiliated the rural populations who would normally struggle to find medical assistance, find it of immense value for being assisted with healthcare literally at their doorsteps, in a manner of speaking. With a trusted team of medics reaching thrice a week, it has been expanding its services.

HERE are some remarkable events that occurred at Pauni medical outpost that was basically intended to increase access to primary medical care. HERD Foundation remains clear that these remote rural locations must be served. So aside from conducting thrice a week diagnostic treatment services the team of medical professionals also concentrate on health awareness activities. Here are various events that took place in the past year.

  • HIV Awareness Camp at Hiwra Bazar March 28, 2016
  • Pap Smear and Cancer Detection Camp on April 1, 2016
  • ASHA Workers Orientation Camp on April 26, 2016
  • Breast Feeding Week Celebration on August 5, 2016
  • School Health Scabies detection camp in Dahoda on 27 September 2016
  • ASHA Workers Orientation Programme On Scabies at Hiwara Bazar PHC, November 26 2016
  • Detection Of Malnutrition And Health Checkup Camp at Pauni Gram Panchayat on December 7, 2016

Activities are creatively undertaken by joining in with local gatherings so as to have a ready audience. For instance the HIV awareness camp conducted at Hiwra Bazar was clubbed with a get-together of the local Sharda Mahila Mandal. This then became an opportunity for the team to create awareness on the issue. The orientation of government aided ASHA health workers became an occasion to befriend them. It provided us with a foothold for BLS training for them. Similarly the Anganwadi workers too were incentivized for attending trainings.

NKPSIMS and HERD Foundation adopted the Community Initiative for Scabies Control and Elimination for all school children from class 1 to class 12 who were examined in two phases for scabies and other prevailing health conditions. Prompt treatment was administered to them along with free medications for their conditions. Dr Kasturwar, Prof. Community Medicine from NKPSIMS enlightened mothers on proper nutrition informing them that most nutrition supplementation and fortification was to be readily found in foods and ingredients locally available.

Thus apart from diagnosis and treatment of ailments, healthcare education is also an on-going activity conducted by the spirited team of doctors responsible for smooth running of Pauni Clinic.

 

HERD Foundation – Rural Healers

HERD Foundation Healthcare Delivery

Mothers and Children Teeming at HERD Foundation Local Health Camp

The forest areas of Central India continue facing shortage of medical practitioners. Unable to reach a doctor in emergency, patients often end up with deficient care or worse get treated by quacks. HERD Foundation continues to play an important role as Rural Healers. The organization is doing all it can to contribute to a healthier tribal population.

The World Health Organization informs that India has only 1 doctor for every 1,700 citizens. The mandatory ratio specified by WHO is 1:1,000. HERD Foundation attempts to bridge this gap, more so in rural parts. The organization works through a multi-faceted approach in its efforts to deploy doctors and medical staff to the last mile. We keep doctors, paramedics, and support staff in a state of perpetual motivation so as to keep working for improving rural health.

Despite the momentum in health services medical care delivery remains a challenge, at best.
Even simple preventive medical treatments that we advocate in the course of these health camps, they fail to meet their mark and we end up seeing all kinds of ailments. We therefore carry on with provision of quality health care services at their doorsteps. Our attempt is also to continue promoting healthcare awareness for behavior-change among the underprivileged.

It is in these trying circumstances that HERD Foundation braves out in all seasons with its mobile health care services delivery system. We find it to be the most practical mechanism in the given situation. However we have also set up a small Tribal Clinic that works three days a week to address problems of accessibility and availability of primary health care. Since it became operational over the past two years it is readily acknowledged as a dependable facility.

We have so far provided healthcare services to countless poor people living in the jungles and interior villages. Health for underprivileged is an earmarked area of intervention for HERD Foundation. This has resulted in attending to the health needs of poor women, malnourished children and general disabilities of the aged and infirm.

HERD Foundation works to increase access to quality and affordable healthcare. Offering an integrated healthcare model we have been able to provide continuum of care to some of the most vulnerable sections of our society. Numerous health camps provide specialized care for TB, mother and child health as well as diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments, bone and joint disorders, ophthalmic conditions and so on. We address referral requirements through consultations for further treatment with affiliated hospitals.