Health outreach is crucial for individuals living in remote rural villages. These communities often face significant challenges in accessing basic healthcare services due to their geographical isolation. The need to travel multiple kilometers just for basic healthcare needs can pose various barriers, including transportation difficulties, time constraints, and financial constraints.
Health outreach bridges this gap by bringing essential healthcare services and medication directly to these underserved communities. They play a vital role in improving health outcomes by providing timely medical assistance, preventive care, health education, and screenings. By bringing healthcare closer to people’s doorsteps, health outreach initiatives address the geographical barriers and ensure that individuals in remote rural villages can access the required healthcare services.
Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) is our means of Health Outreach
A mobile medical unit, also known as a mobile clinic or medical van, is a specially equipped vehicle that brings healthcare services directly to underserved communities or areas with limited access to medical facilities. These units are designed to provide a wide range of healthcare services, including primary care, preventive care, diagnostics, vaccinations, screenings, and basic medical treatments. Mobile medical units are equipped with medical equipment, supplies, and personnel to deliver on-site medical care. They are typically staffed by a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and support staff.
The key initiatives under the outreach programmes are:
- Screening and referral of suspected COVID 19 cases to nearby facilities for test/ treatment.
- Preventive and awareness activities for COVID 19 other diseases every alternate month through IEC.
- Promotion of safe institutional deliveries by Anti-natal & Post-natal care and care of neonates through home visits, monthly meetings and follow-ups by village animators/ASHA’s and mobile-based voice messaging app – M-Mitra.
- Special Camps on Non-Communicable Diseases for patients and tracking of the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among population above 30 years.
- Linkages with government health facilities, schemes and programmes.
- Arogya Bhavan for disseminating health-related sessions in collaboration with the community.
- Training & capacity building of CBO’s, Village Health committee’s and grassroots level government health functionaries including ASHA, Anganwadi teacher, village-level volunteers, ANM, MPW.