This project will provide access to critical health services for women residing in 900 remote and tribal villages (Population:one million) in Gujarat, India. These villages are in hilly and forested areas of Gujarat. The women in these villages do not have access to quality and affordable key health care services apart from SEWA Rural hospital. This project will help provide key health services (safe delivery, hysterectomy, cataract operation etc) to 1500-3000 women.
According to Government of India, maternal mortality ratio is higher in tribal areas compared to other population. 50% of tribal women are anemic. 75% of tribal women suffer from variety of gynecological sicknesses which affect quality of life. Unfortunately, there is no health-care facility in project area which provide quality and affordable health services for above diseases. Through this project, tribal women of project areas will have access to health services to overcome above problems.
SEWA Rural provides preventive and curative health services to tribal women. Adolescent and young women are trained to adopt habits (related to nutrition, addiction etc) to live a healthy life. Outreach diagnostic camps are supported by SEWA Rural hospital which provides comprehensive obstetric, and eye care by offering services of doctors (3 full-time gynecologist, 4 full-time ophthalmologists etc), diagnostics (sonography, laboratory etc), operations, blood transfusion, and pharmacy.
By improving women's health, there will be long-term impact on their families and communities. Women's health is an already recognized millennium development goal. Improving woman's health will improve income generating capacity and improve economic condition of their families. According to WHO, maternal health is highly correlated with children health; therefore, improving maternal health through safe delivery and gynecologic sicknesses will improve children's health in project area.
As a mother of 2 kids, its great to see women of tribal and poor community receiving same quality of care at SEWA Rural hospital that I received during my pregnancy. - Dr. Gayatri Desai, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Total Funding Received to Date: $12,992
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $17,008
Total Funding Goal: $30,000