Low Cost Rural Healthcare – JAN SWASTHYA SAHYOG (JSS)

 JSS

Summary
JSS works in providing and developing low-cost and effective health program in rural India. Dr. Raman and 5 other doctors from AIIMS relocated to serve in the remote villages of Chhattisgarh in 1996. He was a pediatric surgeon from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, a premier medical institution in India.

Impact
Since the last fifteen years, JSS has been providing health care services through a community health program. These are provided in a rural health center, which includes a hospital. The group also operate village outreach centers in three other villages that are not easily accessible.

Insight

  • Remote regions of Central and Eastern India, where many indigenous people live are underdeveloped and backward.
  • They and also are under distress due to displacement caused by developmental projects since India’s independence.
  • These areas are also very difficult to reach, because of lack of transport and also because of an armed conflict which is present in those areas.
  • The lack of development and accessibility contribute to the prevalence of bonded labor in the region.
  • JSS aims to impact not only the lives of the individual patients in rural Bilaspur, but the lives of poor and marginalized peoples living in remote settings throughout India.
  • Poor diagnosis: While there may be attempts made to diagnose leprosy, the illness is still under

Strategies

Comprehensive Care Programs that include:

  • Correct and complete diagnosis including lab care
  • Appropriate treatment with steroid and other anti-inflammatory agents, and for
    the duration of 1 to 2 years depending on the type of diagnoses.
  • Appropriate care for lepra reactions, Ulcer and anesthetic sites care, and other preventive care.
  • Ensuring referral to appropriate specialized institutions in the region for the
    leprosy patients who need surgical intervention.

 

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