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.
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.
BMI criteria: less than 18 is considered under-weight for adults > 20 years old
Survey on Health nutrition and sanitation in Khandamal
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.
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.
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