After conducting basic needs assessment in 2015 and 2015, IPHD has determined the prominent barriers to adequate health care for women and children in Bhikamkor are as follows:
Barriers to Adequate Health Care for Women and Children
- Only one small, understaffed clinic in the village without a female doctor
- Only very serious (life threatening) health conditions are considered cause to travel to cities for treatment
- Menstrual health is a taboo topic with insufficient access to hygienic sanitary products
- Over 70% of the population in villages in Rajasthan suffer from anemia (often, permanently affecting the cognitive development in children)
- Poor dental care
- Founded female health clinic consisting of a female nurse who can diagnose and doctor who can prescribe medication. This clinic is open for women in the community once a week
- Conduction of menstrual health workshops
- Distribution of sanitary pads
- Trained 4 health outreach workers from the village on a variety of health topics including hygiene, wound care, malaria, nutrition, anemia, oral health, menstrual hygiene, pregnancy, and family planning. These women meet with women across the village taking vitals, leading focus groups on health topics, and assisting ill community members in receiving medical attention.
- Community Kitchen Garden
Female Health Clinic
One male physician serves the community, but cultural barriers prevent women from discussing concerns with a male provider. IPHD is in the process of opening a weekly women’s clinic in the village. Once the clinic is open, the outreach team and the clinic staff will work hand in hand, with the outreach workers referring sick women to the clinic, the doctor and nurse diagnosing and treating the women, and the outreach workers then following up with the patient to make sure she is taking any prescribed medicine and following the doctor’s advice.
Community Kitchen Garden
As seen in the results of our health assessment, there is a high prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia (IDA). In addition, treatment of women in villages means they eat the leftovers of the families dinner. Since most families are very poor there is already little food going around, so women have a much less nutritious diet.
- Established a community garden (Saheli Poshan) to integrate vegetarian, iron-rich foods into the diets of community members
- Five women participated in the pilot program by constructing, maintaining, and harvesting a garden on a 5-meter by 4-meter plot of land provided by IPHD
- IPHD plans to establish a greenhouse cooperative as an offspring of the current garden