Voluntary poverty is one thing but compulsory poverty is quite another. The villagers were poor and diseased …... the damage wrought by centuries of privation could not be wiped away in a few years.

J Krishnamurti

 

Affordable Primary Level Health Care to Below Poverty Line Rural Families

The Rural Health Centre, an outreach programme of the Rishi Valley Education Centre, was set up in July 1999, when a doctor (an old student) joined Rishi Valley with an intent of working with the rural poor.

Overview

  • Area covered: Approximately 60 revenue villages with a Below Poverty Line population of 200,000, located in the northern parts of Chittoor, contiguous parts of Anantpur and YSR (Kadapa) districts in AP and adjoining parts of Karnataka state. 
  • Annual patient load of 22000     
  • 98% of patients have an annual income of < 48000. 
  • 2500 children (< 15 years) provided free/subsidised treatment and investigations annually. 
  • 30 - 50 children treated free at Secondary/Tertiary Care centres annually
  • 2500 elderly patients (> 65 years) provided free/subsidised treatment and investigations annually.
  • 70 - 80% of adult patient load is Non-Communicable Diseases – primarily Diabetes, Hypertension
  • 20 – 30 pregnant women registered annually; Institutional Deliveries; Increase in birth weight and decrease in Infant and Maternal Mortality
     
 

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