"The groundwork of all happiness is health" - Leigh Hunt
Healthcare is the right of every individual, but lack of quality infrastructure, the dearth of qualified medical functionaries, and non- access to basic medicines and medical facilities thwarts its reach to 60% of the population in India.
Large segments of Uttarakhand’s rural population still struggle with no access to safe and reliable healthcare. Navchetna brings healthcare assistance to these under-resourced populations through a variety of projects focussed on awareness, outreach, and support.
END PERIOD POVERTY: MENSTRUAL HYGIENE CAMPAIGN
The nationwide lockdown brought in by the Union Government to fight the coronavirus pandemic led to a shutdown of several goods like sanitary pads. For this campaign, we’ve joined hands with apparel brand TBD to supply ‘Period Pouches’ to women across villages in Uttarakhand (focus on Munakot district spanning 76 villages and constituting ~11,500 women).
HEALTH AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
Through our Health Awareness Campaigns, Navchetna strives to pay particular attention to rural women in Uttarakhand. These talks aim at promoting health-seeking behavior in the long-term and work on building awareness regarding common ailments.
All information sessions are conducted by leading doctors in the region and cover a wide range of topics such as family planning methods, reproductive health, sexual health, mental well being, nutrition, hygiene, etc.
HEALTH CHECK-UP CAMPS
Navchetna has conducted several health check-up camps, benefitting ~1500 people directly (~80% of whom are women). Our general camp team comprises of a general physician, a pharmacist, and an assistant. The camps ensure diagnosis, treatment, and referrals for general ailments, dental care, gynecological conditions, and ophthalmic diseases.
The camps also focus on preventive health care programs through information, education, and behavior change communication activities among the community.
BLOOD DONATION DRIVES
India faces a huge shortage of blood units in India. Navchetna has conducted two voluntary blood donation drives in Uttarakhand till date to facilitate safe and quality blood transfusion
The drives were conducted in the presence of Dr. Yogesh Sharma, Blood Bank (Pithoragarh), and his team to ensure the smooth functioning of these donation camps. So far, the blood donation drives have attracted ~500 people from across villages in the Pithoragarh district.