A project report of Doctors for Seva (2010-11), including statistics, can be viewed in the Annual Report 2010-11 by clicking here.
A gist of all our projects is presented below:
In 2010-11: In the year 2010-11, we conducted 23 school-based medical “camps”, screened 4917 children, and provided free treatment to 1565 children who required it. Through our experience and a thorough analysis of the data collected we have concluded that these medical camps are sufficient as a short-term solution but in order to promote long-term wellness we believe that a more consistent approach is necessary and that is how the Doctor-at-School program evolved.
The Doctor at School program aimed at connecting at least one doctor (General Physician or Paediatrician) to one government school located in an area of their preference. Along with a doctor, a team of 3-4 volunteers and a hospital/clinic for specialist attention are also connected to the school. Volunteers assist the doctor in organizing the screening follow up treatments and to deliver awareness sessions. While the doctor does the initial screening and the volunteers do the follow-up with medicines and treatments, the program doesn’t end here. In the Doctor at School model, the doctor continues to visit the school at least twice a month throughout the academic year, so that children have continuous access to a doctor.
In 2012-13: Having successfully undertaken a pilot of Doctor at School the previous year, this year, it was time to explore the greater potential of this program. We set a target of reaching out to 50 government school under this program.For the academic year 2012-13, 45 voluntary doctors, 20 voluntary hospitals & 300 on-medical volunteers ensured that 7906 children across 50 schools received access to quality healthcare.
In 2013-14: This year, we plan to undertake this effort by keeping the Government Primary Health Centre (PHC) at as the focal point of our program in the year 2013-14, not only to be able to reach out to more schools, but also to empower the existing system to efficiently cater to the healthcare needs of school-going children.
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B. Rural Health Projects
The Doctors For Seva Paediatric and Gynaecology clinic at the Afzalpur Taluk hospital has been running successfully for the last one year. We have managed to engage over 50 specialists and the 2 Medical colleges on a regular basis to provide their services. The facility has reached out to 929 children, 772 women and 232 general patients in the past one year.
The program has been demonstrated as viable model for the local community to handle their needs. Doctors For Seva also started a weekly clinic in Tarfail, considered to be one of the biggest slums in Asia. They have engaged about 10 doctors and provided consultation to about 175 people in the last 3 months.
C. Sanjeevini Free Clinic
Doctors For Seva engages volunteer doctors to provide free medical services at Sanjeevini, a free clinic set up by Anatha Shishu Nivasa, Basavanagudi. The clinic runs six full days a week and serves needy people from places in and around Bangalore. While DFS facilitates free consultations for the patients through volunteer doctors and referral hospitals, Anatha Shishu Nivasa makes arrangements for medicines and other infrastructure needs of the clinic. A total of six General physicians, one Pediatrician and one Gynecologist from DFS are engaged in this project. Apart from the doctors, various referral hospitals across Bangalore offer their services too.
F. Menstrual Hygiene Project
To address the issues of school absenteeism and lack of awareness (leading to unhygienic practices) amongst high school [adolescent] girls in rural Karnataka. Trained volunteers conduct awareness sessions, and distribute sponsored sanitary napkins to these girls.
The impact and positive response to the Menstrual Hygiene project in 2010-11 led to interest this year from corporates like Qualcomm and the likes of Rotary, Bangalore, for sponsorship of sanitary napkins. With this support, we should be able to reach out to a lot more adolescent girls in rural Karnataka this year.