Vanbandhu Arogya Dham is a world class Health Care Facility, Research Center, and Oral Rehabilitation Center located in the tribal area of Ahwa, Dang, Gujarat, India. The focus of the project is to screen and provide comprehensive healthcare to the underprivileged local tribal population, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The modern, well-equipped facility will also be useful to carry out research projects.
Dang is a remote region consisting of hilly jungles and dense forest. It has a population of about 400,000 including more than 50,000 schoolchildren with no or limited healthcare services. High incidences of sickle cell anemia, oral cancer, malnutrition, skin lesions, and eye-related diseases have been identified. The lack of proper preventive and corrective healthcare has negative consequences on this poor community and adds a tremendous burden on the already impoverished population.
VAD will provide comprehensive healthcare to 50,000 schoolchildren as well as to the rest of the impoverished population of Dang. VAD facility will have a permanent staff of local doctors who treat patients as well as manage school health program and medical outreach program. Since the state-of-the-art facility will have all the modern features and amenities available in medical and dental buildings built in USA, students and faculty from universities and researchers will be attracted to VAD.
The long-term goal of Vanbandhu Arogya Dham is to provide well-coordinated and well-documented preventive and corrective healthcare to the poor tribal people of Dang. 50,000 schoolchildren will consistently receive free healthcare, and the entire population of Dang and surrounding areas will have access to healthcare for free or at a subsidized cost. VAD will set an example for future healthcare facilities to be built in poor tribal areas of India and other developing countries.