Rochester GlobeMed has partnered the Social Organization for Voluntary Action (SOVA) located in rural Odisha, India. The General Healthcare Duty Assistant Training program created by SOVA aims to educate local youth through hands-on career training. This program takes place at the Srimula Public Health Center where 30 young trainees, ages 14-22, are given medical instruction over a 3-month period. With your financial support we can empower young leaders in the poorest villages of Odisha.
There are 1.1 million people living in poverty in the rural Dhenkanal district of Odisha, India. With this dense population size, the ratio of medical staff to impoverished individuals is extremely disproportionate. Imagine being in medical distress and traveling miles to a facility where no one attends to your needs. This is a reality in the remote rural areas of Dhenkanal. This program will enable local youth to directly serve their communities to replenish the shortage of medical assistants.
This program provides free medical education for young adults not only to bridge the medical gap, but to break the cycle of poverty they face by providing employment opportunities. SOVA will provide hands-on training in basic medical tasks, pre-natal care and community-based health approaches in Srimula. After training, these 30 young adults will in turn earn a sustainable salary and serve the communities in which they live. Thus, producing a generation of skilled and empowered young leaders.
The Medical Assistant Training Program will effectively fill the lack of medical staff in Community Health Centers and hospitals in the Dhenkanal district. This program will run in 3-month cycles with 4 batches of 30 trainees, yielding a total of 120 skilled medical assistants a year. With this projected growth in medical staff, emergency healthcare will become accessible to members of the most remote villages. In addition, young adults will have a sustainable income to support their families.