Access to adequate and affordable health care is a human right. But for many women in Bhikamkor, that human right was unattainable. This changed in July 2017 when IPHD opened the Saheli Health Clinic, Bhikamkor’s first and only female health center.
The Saheli Health Clinic is staffed by one female gynecologist and one nurse with assistance from the IPHD health outreach team. The clinic attends to adolescent girls and women on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visitation and test fees are subsidized by IPHD to keep services affordable and accessible for all patients.
Before the Saheli Health Clinic opened, Bhikamkor had one small government hospital that was staffed by just one part-time male physician. Because of conservative cultural norms, women in Bhikamkor do not feel comfortable seeking medical attention from male doctors, especially for menstrual and reproductive health problems. Often, women will only travel to a far-away hospital in the case of life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
The Saheli Health Clinic is committed to providing high-quality health services to Bhikamkor’s adolescent girls and women, while addressing reproductive and maternal health issues in the village.