Tribal communities in remote, rural areas of south Rajasthan carry a high burden of illness and malnutrition. The realities of distress migration, hazardous work, poor incomes, and lack of nutritious food combine to keep the health status of communities poor and compromised. Women and children, in absence of male members, find it particularly difficult to access healthcare services.
Public health systems and services are deficient in these areas, and formal private providers do not exist. Government-run Primary Health Centers (PHCs) are either not available or offer poor quality. When faced with illnesses therefore, many people resort to informal treatment providers or seek care at an advanced stage of the disease. Often when the disease is advanced, they are pushed into seeking care from private hospitals, leading to adverse outcomes, high expenditure, and consequent slide into deeper debt.
Aajeevika Bureau collaborates closely with its partner organization - Basic HealthCare Services (BHS) - to ensure access of migration dependent, vulnerable households to quality health care. We supported the incubation of Basic Healthcare Services (BHS) in 2012. BHS is an organization of repute with focus on providing high-quality, low-cost primary healthcare services in rural areas affected by distress migration. The operations of BHS and Aajeevika are co-located.
BHS runs 6 AMRIT Clinics that provide easy access to primary health care services to an otherwise unserved population of over 90000. In addition, BHS manages a government PHC thus demonstrating highest standards of quality and care in a public health setting. BHS also runs Phulwaris (day-care centres for children under 5) in remote hamlets are run to ensure proper nutrition and care for children whose parents are deprived of resources to provide adequate care. In Ahmedabad BHS runs a programme for migrant populations affected by Tuberculosis on account of poor work and living conditions.
Click here, for more information on BHS and its programmes.