GCI Research Project

IKure-GCI collaboration for curative & preventive healthcare in rural Orissa
Intervention Scope

Health care in the rural region of Orissa lies in poor state of condition. Insufficient primary health care in the provision makes the rural people vulnerable to diseases, as the majority of the population still lacks the basic health care facilities. The community do not have required access to health facilities, local government run hospitals struggle with a shortage of supplies and clinics remain inaccessible with untrained staff and health workers. The poor in the region are highly exposed to diseases with high degree of malnutrition, mobility, and mortality.


As part of the Global Convergent Innovation (GCI) research program undertaken in Rayagada and Kandhamal districts of Orissa, the objective of the joint collaboration between iKure and GCI was to provide exposure to preventive as well as curative healthcare through periodic health camps. These health interventions focussed on creating awareness about curable health conditions, communicate the importance of regular checkups and preventive healthcare, and provide access to qualified medical professionals.

Intended Goals
  • To provide preventive health care through appropriate health care model.
  • To supplement the nutritional awareness drive by conducting health camps/spot camps.
  • To create awareness about curable health diseases through regular health checkups.
  • To provide appropriate access to qualified doctors and trained medical professionals.

iKure adopted a three-step approach to identify the specific health care needs of the rural communities. In the first stage, iKure team interacted with the people about their daily lives and concerns and encouraged them to talk about their specific needs related to health. In the second step, our team interviewed patients to get their views and suggestions on health, hygiene and nutrition issues. In the third step specific health issues of the patients were studied based on the set of questionnaire circulated among these villagers. Our three-step approach helped us to gather information common ailments in the villages, disease specific health concerns, and barriers to health & nutritional needs in the region.

Survey on health and nutrition in Kandamal & Rayagada districts

Disease Profile

Health Indicators

BMI criteria: less than 18 is considered under-weight for adults > 20 years old

Survey on Health nutrition and sanitation in Khandamal

Key Findings

Health care behaviour: The region offers limited options for people to receive health care in spite of great need. The community do not have adequate access to health facilities, local government run hospitals remain shortage of supplies and clinics are often shut down due to unavailability of staff and equipments. The people in the region visit local quacks and are often ignorant and ill informed of their critical health conditions.

Nutritional Behaviour: Poor intakes of nutrients were found be common among the patients. They were ignorant of their daily supplements and usually made poorer choice of food. Children here were mostly found to be suffering from malnutrition and a majority of the women and children were reported anaemic.

Lack of awareness: People were found to lack correct information of their health disorders and nutritional needs. They do not know ways to prevent common illness, which with time leads to critical health diseases. They are found to lack knowledge of iron supplement and are unaware of nutritional values required in their daily diet.

Future Scope

  • As the region lacks proper access to health and nutrition, periodic intervention is required to address the critical health issues.
  • Investigative intervention can be a great tool on health seeking behaviour for long term benefits.
  • Periodic nutrition awareness programmes is necessary to impart knowledge related to nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.
  • Counselling sessions accompanied with health promotion and prevention programmes can help the villagers deter common ailments and health disorders.
  • Personalised advice on health and nutrition is essential to build awareness for common diseases, malnutrition and anaemia.
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iKure is looking to establish partnerships with global research/healthcare partners that are interested in building sustainable healthcare programs in rural India. iKure through such programs would extend its technological capability in building and implementing such programs that are mutually beneficial with the focus on transforming the face of rural India. For further information, please contact us.

Also Read: MCUBED Research Project

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