NGO: Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan Trust

Background:

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan is a charitable trust registered in 1988, by few motivated doctors who came together to bring a social change through healthcare. They started Dr. Hedgewar Rugnalaya (Hospital) at Aurangabad in 1989 and since then it is running many social activities apart from excellent patient carethrough several network of hospitals, mobile clinic and Slum Health Centers. It has achieved high level of faith & love amongst poor people of Marathwada region. In addition to providing health services to more than 4.5 million patients at affordable rates, the trust also provides Holistic Development programs such as Pre-Primary Education, and Skill-Development, etc. aimed at uplifting these communities.

IDRF Partner Since: 1998

Focus Area: Health

Location(s):  Gujarat and Maharashtra

Project Title(s): Mobile medical clinics for urban slums in Aurangabad (April 2018-March 2021), BHIM -Better Health Intervention for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality in Malnutrition (June 2017 –May 2018)Dr. Hedgewar Hospital and Shri Guruji Rugnalaya.

Details:

Mobile medical clinics for urban slums in Aurangabad 

After the success of IDRF-supported mobile clinics in other parts of India, we have expanded our program for three years (April 2018-March 2021) to the six slums in Aurangabad. This health care project has been successfully running for more than 21 years and provides three permanent health centers and one mobile clinic benefitting more than 125,000 slum dwellers, which is almost 40% of the population of the slums in Aurangabad.

This project makes use of medical services as a tool for social development of the underserved. Millions live in densely populated urban slums in abject poverty under unhygienic conditions and lacking proper health and social awareness.  Various diseases caused by unhygienic living conditions like water borne diseases, infectious skin diseases, T.B. and AIDs etc. are quite prevalent here. IDRF sent a grant to replace the existing old medical van with a new one. IDRF also supports various holistic preventive health activities that focus on education and neighborhood participation in community development, as the cost of curative treatment is lot higher than prevention. The unique feature of this project is that the doctor along his family resides among the slum dwellers and leads the program.

Services provided by the mobile clinic:

  • Primary health care (with nominal token fees)
  • Community health services (Free health camps incl. Eye and ENT)
  • Training of community health volunteers (Arogya Mitra Yojna)
  • Safe drinking water awareness
  • Health education and awareness programs (poster exhibitions, presentations, video shows, de-addiction programs, and personal hygiene awareness, etc.)
  • Community development programs (children development programs-jeevan drops distribution, women’s Self-Help Groups, and vocational trainings for youth)

Project Evaluation and Monitoring:

A project monitoring committee comprised of few trustees of organization, project coordinator, funding agency representative, etc., implements the smooth running of this project. They are responsible for periodic meetings, technical and financial reports and the maintenance of systematic patient records to evaluate the success of various programs.

Our partner organization has also trained and appointed health volunteers and people participation in every project area. Various events like health awareness exhibitions, poster exhibitions for school students, and video shows on healthy habits for children and adults, etc. are also organized on a regular basis.

Health Beneficiaries of Mobile Medical Clinics in 2019

Types of Activities January-March April-June July-September October-December Total Beneficiaries
OPD patients examined 7,000 4,249 6,181 7,664 25,094
Preventive Health Programs: health-exhibitions, video-shows, Jeevan-Drops distribution, anemia and de-addiction clinics 1,048 694 1,499 318 3,559
Free Health Camps: ENT, Eye and Free Cataract Surgeries 451 43 60 718 1,272
Training & Appointment of Health-Volunteers (Arogya Mitra) 20 03 0 07 30
Total 8,519 4,989 7,740 8,707 29,955

Outcomes of the project:

  • Primary health care facilities are availed by more than 24,000 slum dwellers per year.
  • Cataract and micro-ear surgeries performed free of cost for poor and needy.
  • Health volunteers selected and trained to carry out various health awareness camps leading to a healthier lifestyle among the slum-dwellers
  • Increased economic productivity due to improvement in poor people’s health.

BHIM -Better Health Intervention for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality in Malnutrition (June 2017 –May 2018): Malnutrition is one of the most common causes of increased mortality and morbidity in children under 5 years, especially in developing countries like India.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan has started a community health research project with IDRF’s support, under which it is being studied whether small doses of antibiotics over a long term will be effective in reducing mortality and morbidity in malnourished children. This study is being done on about 5000 children living in 110 tribal villages in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The research team comprises of pediatricians, nutritionists, physicians, medical social workers and statisticians. This study will also help in improving the quality of life and survival of children with malnutrition.

Dr. Hedgewar Hospital: With IDRF’s continuous support and commitment for a noble cause, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan has been able to spread healing touch through Dr. Hedgewar Hospital, a multi-specialty hospital in Aurangabad. This hospital serves the underprivileged with quality care that is easily accessible. The hospital has all the modern facilities and is at par with leading hospitals of the country in terms of latest technology and human resources.  IDRF has been supporting a variety of their programs from time to time.

Shri Guruji Rugnalaya: 

A program was started about 12 years ago, to sensitize and foster medical students while at medical colleges to work for the well-being of the poor and needy. At the Shri Guruji Rugnalaya in Nashik several such doctors are working who have given their lifetime commitment for this project. This hospital has achieved good faith and confidence amongst masses in providing excellent medical care at an affordable cost. More than 40, 000 patients in OPD, and more than 8,000 patients on In-patient basis have been treated here and more than 1,500 surgeries have been performed. Medical services are provided either free of cost or at subsidized rates to the poor people. With the support of IDRF, the hospital was able to buy equipment for the oncology laboratory.

 

                             


Mobile clinic 

Patients at the mobile clinic


Health awareness exhibitions for the slum-dwellers

Dr. Hedgewar Hospital

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