How homemaker-turned-entrepreneurs are making rural Karnataka healthy

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Thanks to the Government of Odisha's commitment and support from the UK, mums-to-be and new mums can now get advice and support from day one in every village. Support now starts well before a baby's due date, and continues until their first birthday. Community health worker, Rebati, gives babies like Adilya, polio and other life saving vaccinations for at least the first year of their lives. Britain is working with the Government of Odisha, one of India's poorest states, and UNICEF to save the lives of thousands of mums and babies., Babies born in the poorer states of India – a country where more people live in poverty than the whole of Africa – now have a better chance of surviving than ever before. Thanks to the Government of Odisha's commitment and support from the UK, mums-to-be and new mums can get advice and support from day one in every village. Vital ante and post-natal care that helps mums bring their babies into the world safe and well. See how community health workers, nurses, soap opera stars and granny self help groups are together helping save the lives of thousands of babies in our gallery. UPDATE, June 2012: In 2011-12, 150,000 children like Baby Sethy have been delivered safely in India with the help of skilled birth attendants thanks to support from Britain. And across the world's poorest countries, UK aid has made sure half a million mums had the help of skilled doctors and nurses to have their babies in the last two years. ------------------------------ The Government of Odisha is working with the UK Government to improve health services, support community health workers and increase take up from families in every village - helping to save the lives of thousands of mums and babies. Britain is supporting the governments of three of India's poorer states (Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh) and UNICEF to bring healthcare to everyone, especially the poorest and most disadvantaged. All pictures © Pippa Ranger / Department for International Development For more information, visit www.dfid.gov.uk/changinglives

The rural health statistics of Karnataka reveal that the doctor-patient ratio is an alarming 1:90,000. This means that there are huge gaps to be filled in the healthcare sector, for which all stakeholders need to contribute their bit, including the civil society and NGOs. Maya Health is one such organization that has stepped up to create a healthcare ecosystem for women in the marginalized communities in Karnataka.

Many families rush to the doctor only when someone falls gravely ill. Many do not even know that they have diabetes or hypertension. Regular health check-ups is a far-off reality in these villages. Another obstacle is that of lack of openness and comfort even if doctors from the city visit them. This is where the interventions of organizations like Maya Health help!

Maya Heath is providing essential healthcare services to the residents by giving women communities in Karnataka an opportunity to become entrepreneurs and improve the community health. This initiative not only addresses the issue of scarce employment opportunities for women in the are, but also engages young girls in doing good for the society.

The organization has also partnered with Accenture to create a health navigator application for the rural workers. This App helps monitor and record basic health stats and pararemeters such as blood sugar and blood pressure.

We need more grassroots initiative like this in the Indian healthcare system to overhaul the quality of service delivery and ensure access at all levels!

 

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