Making Primary Healthcare Accessible to Salt Pan Workers residing in Little Rann of Kutch
Mobile Medical Unit is an effective outreach platform that can transform rural healthcare by providing primary healthcare facilities in unreached regions, devoid of health centers and hospitals. The CRISIL foundation via Agariya Heet Rakshak Manch (AHRM) collaborated with HOPS Healthcare for utilizing MMU as an outreach platform to provide primary healthcare services to 160 Salt Pan Workers living in Little Rann of Kutch (LRK). This was organized as a part of Balmela, 2020 at Little Rann of Kutch (LRK).
Taking the First Step
The LRK region was devoid of any primary healthcare services owing to its climatic condition and its positioning; LRK is not a part of any district. The AHRM was aware of the benefits of telehealth platforms and the effectiveness of utilizing Mobile Medical Unit, before we collaborated with them. They wanted to make basic healthcare facilities available to traditional Salt Pan Workers who stayed in makeshift arrangements in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) for nearly 8 months.
Taking healthcare closer to home of Salt Pan Workers
By utilizing MMU as an outreach platform (AHRM) was able to provide basic healthcare screening and diagnostic facilities to the community, at their doorstep.
HOPS Healthcare’s MMU and screening drive saved traveling and healthcare expenditure cost of the community. A report of 200 plus people’s screening was sent to CRISIL Foundation and AHRM which later was submitted to Gujarat Government. Looking at the deteriorating condition of the community members, govt. released specific funds for Anganwadi for the welfare of salt pan workers. The platform was utilized effectively to promote preventive healthcare and educated the community about common medical conditions like blood pressure, anemia, acidity, malaria, chronic conditions like asthma and more.