A big challenge currently being faced is the poor health condition of those living in Keonjhar district. Those who suffer most in this regard are mothers and their children. The reason for this is two-fold: Firstly the terrain of Keonjhar district is remote and inaccessible. Secondly, those practicing medicine in these regions believe in superstition rather than actual medical facts and lack basic awareness of health and hygiene practices.
At the Arya Group Foundation (AGF), our goal is to ensure that mother and child have access to healthy living conditions. One way of achieving this is through 100% institutional deliveries. Another way is by working to bring the number of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) cases below the national average, while simultaneously eradicating malnourishment in infants in peripheral areas.
In an effort to achieve this plan, the AGF has undertaken the following activities:
- Conducting Mega Rural health camps with multi specialty doctors in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode
- Conducting fortnightly health camps that are open to all
- Conducting half-yearly anaemia detection camps
- Conducting blood donation camps
- Holding community-level health awareness programmes
- Offering medical help to special referred cases
- Complimenting government schemes like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and National Health Mission (NHM)
- Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – We actively participated in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and were awarded 1st prize by the Barbil Municipality for our genuine efforts.