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Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!

by Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness- MAYA- Bangalore- India
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!
Equip 6000 families to access healthcare at home!

I’m back in Channapatna on a sunny Wednesday. This time, I’m visiting a client with health navigator Noor and field coordinator Nagarathna.

Jaya is in her forties. She is under medication for high blood pressure and type II diabetes. Noor has been visiting her twice a month for over three years. My first impression of Jaya is that she’s in pain. The worry lines on her face run deep and her eyes are filled with distress. Jaya lists out numerous afflictions- insomnia, body aches, a burning sensation in her feet, fatigue.

‘She worries a lot and doesn’t eat on time,’ Noor explains to me. At this point, Jaya’s eyes well up and she breaks down into sobs. Noor holds her hand, tries to comfort her and encourages Jaya to share her worries. Jaya pours her heart out. I watch as Noor expertly handles the situation. She listens carefully. Noor explains the importance of taking care of oneself. ‘How will you take care of your family if you don’t take care of yourself?’ she asks. Jaya nods in agreement.

 

Noor checks a client’s blood glucose levels

 

Noor checks Jaya’s blood pressure and blood glucose levels. Her readings are high. After discussing Jaya’s eating habits and general lifestyle, Noor and Nagarathna suggest various changes she can make: eating at regular intervals, going for a 30-min walk every day, etc. Noor recommends that she eat lesser rice and try to incorporate healthy, locally-available millets in her diet- raagi and navane. ‘We’ll be back next week to check your levels again,’ says Nagarathna as we leave.

A week later, we are back at Jaya’s house. She is visibly doing better. She has been going for a walk every morning and eating on time. She is now able to get a good night’s sleep. Noor checks her BP and blood glucose levels. Jaya’s BP is lower but her sugar levels are still high. Noor assures her that she will get better and refers her to a local doctor for a consultation. She stresses on the importance of not worrying too much and spending time with other people.

 

Nagarathna explains the role of the pancreas in maintaining blood glucose levels

 Everybody goes through periods of stress; the passing of a loved one, financial concern, disagreement within family, etc. Like in the case of Jaya, stress pushes many people to neglect their own well- being. So how do we deal with stressful situations? As the saying goes, ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.’

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We complete another year working on addressing issues on Preventive health in India through a micro entrepreneurship model - MAYAHealth. We believe the program will result in communities being healthy and also reduce the financial burden that arises due to ill health. 

Our strength has been with working with communities and designing solutions that work on the ground. The success of the program will depend on the type of collaborations we build which adds value in strengthening the last mile. A lot of effort has gone in the last year in redefining processes, usage of technology to see how effective and efficient the Health Navigator can deliver the preventive-promotive health services, and reach out to the target population assigned.


While our health systems both public and private are struggling to meet the demand of curative health, we have a long term vision to focus on preventive health and finding an approach that support communities especially low income families to become proactive about their health. This year we have been able to address operational challenges and refining the technology support, but the great challenge is to ensure we create a sustain model for scale. Effort will be made to develop a partnership and collaborative model.


We work with existing public health systems and see how we can strengthen it in fulfilling its mandate. By building closer relationship with Primary Health Centers (PHC) and also getting the communities to utilize their services we believe this will strength the PHC and the Public Health System.

Our focus has been on Non Communicable Diseases such as Hypertension and Diabetes that is spreading in urban- rural areas and has also becoming the largest killer. The Health Navigators have worked with the target population on behavioral and life style changes. More studies are showing how life style changes can bring about sustainable health than just being dependable on medication. Our limited work is showing results but, the process of behavioral change is a slow process. This needs to be enhanced with great educational, communication materials and usage of technology for tracking information that supports the Health Navigators in their work with the target communities.


We are happy to have the support of Baptist Hospital- Bangalore-Department of Community Medicine, for improving the quality of the program. On the Technology front- Accenture Lab is working with us to develop an appropriate app. Their technical expertise and our field experience, we believe will be able to build a robust application. Collaboration will be key to the success of the program. We will have to enroll other organizations and other professional partners to add value to the program and refine the model.


We believe we will be able to develop a sustainable model and build this last mile solution for addressing basic preventive health issues and also encourage communities to be proactive on their health. We thank all those who have been supportive and part of this journey.

 

Alex Rodrigues
- CEO

#InspiringHealth

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With a growing burden of Non communicable diseases in India, much is needed to address health concerns of low income families in the Country.

MAYAHealth has designed a comprehensive Blood Sugar Management service at the village level. Here is one such story of change at the grassroots of India.

 .........."They believe that if more Health Navigators are equipped with a basket of services that also address the above issues we could have a healthy model village in Chanapatna and help lot of families. They enjoy the videos and discussions on health that the services include and have convinced their neighbour’s to get on board MAYAHealth services  for very minimal registration costs. They believe every person should have an opportunity to make an informed health choice for themselves and thank the Health Navigator for starting this for them." - Client speaks

 


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Friends of MAYA

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

In 2016, 90+ health groups have been working together in over 100+ villages, to learn about & take ownership of their health. We've seen visible changes in food habits, lifestyle & an increased ability of individuals to make informed health choices. When we come together to make lives better, everything changes, and this is truly inspiring.


In 2017, we don't want you to miss out! We want to take you along with us on this journey of inspiring health-thanks to your support we raised 1,614 $, this would help train Soumya and many other health navigators like her who provide- affordable preventive health care to poor families in India. With over 7000+ individuals benefiting directly from over 4 core services (diabetes /hypertension management, menstrual health and hygiene, mother and child care) on the program, we know we are on the right track. With your continued support, we strive to excel and leave a better world behind.

 

Sending you our best wishes

~MAYA TEAM

#InspiringHealth 

WWW.MAYAINDIA.ORG (C) MAYAIND@GMAIL.COM 

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Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness- MAYA- Bangalore- India

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness- MAYA- Bangalore- India
Ronika George
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Ronika George
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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