Innovative Health Post
GVS ran Innovative Health Post at Sedaveha village from October 1, 2006, to December 31, 2008, with support from Uttar Pradesh Health System Development Project (UPHSDP). The area covered by the health post falls under the jurisdiction of Kiratpur and Gauriphanta sub-centres in Palia Kalan development block of Kheri district. The project area is almost 140 km from the district headquarters and close to Indo-Nepal border and is mainly inhibited by Tharu tribals.
During the entire project period, OPD services were provided thrice in a week and specialised services by lady doctor once in a week. Para medical staff worked throughout the week.
After the end of support from UPHSDP, the organisation has tied up with the local hospital to hold health camps, health education, immunisation, care of pregnant women, institutional deliveries under Janani Suraksha Yojana, family welfare programme, etc. These activities are continuing in Tharu tribal area covered by Kiratpur and Gauriphanta.
Additionally, the organisation’s workers are giving support to the health department in creating awareness about the national programmes.
Leprosy Eradication Programme
The organisation is running this programme since the year 2004. It is covering Pasgawan and Jang Bahadurganj development blocks of Muhammadi tehsil in Kheri district. Awareness campaigns are regularly organised on leprosy. The organisation’s workers identify new leprosy patients and refer them to Pasgawan Primary Health Centre.
For creating awareness, the organisation regularly holds workshops and distributes extension material. It also carries out wall writing.
HIV and AIDS
Awareness programme about HIV and AIDS is being run in Kiratpur and Kajaria villages in Tharu tribal area of Kheri district. The residents of these villages are being advised through camps to lead a sober life and maintain good thoughts. Awareness is also being carried out through wall writing.
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
GVS secretary attended two-day orientation training on December 28 and 29, 2007, at State Health and Family Welfare Institute, Lucknow. He in turn became a trainer in a training organised by the Chief Medical Officer, Kheri. One doctor, one LHB, one anganwadi worker, one ADO and one social worker from each of development block attended this training held in two phases – March 3 and 4 and March 10 and 11, 2008. The main objective of the training was to equip the trainees with skills to enable them to organise training of Village Health and Sanitation Committee.
Family Planning Promotion
To arrest the increasing population the organisation is motivating women and men in Kiratpur, Sedaveda, Kajaria and Bangawan villages to opt for permanent means of family planning. So far 100 women have undergone tubectomy at Community Health Centre, Palia Kalan in Kheri district. The cases of these women were followed up to necessary duration so they do not face any difficulty.
It’s an irony that men are yet to become ready for vasectomy despite the fact that vasectomy is easy to perform and there are less chances of complications.
Though Allopathic system is very popular these days, there are alternative systems of medicine, which are not only curative, but preventive to a very large extent. These are summed by one word AYUSH, meaning Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddh and Homeopathy.
GVS is popularising these alternative systems of medicines. The people are being told that Ayurveda and Unani medicinal systems are very old and Yoga is most ancient system healthcare of India. On the other hand Homeopathy is a very cost effective medicine system in which very small quantities of medicines are given to treat patients.