“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything” – Arabic proverb
India has made rapid strides in the health sector since independence. However, various eye opening data from NFHS clearly indicate that access to healthcare still remains a challenge.
While the health statistics of rural India continue to be poor, the health status and access to health for the poor in urban slum dwellers has surfaced to be equally deplorable and have less than 4% of government primary healthcare facilities. Urban slum dwellers suffer from adverse health conditions owing to mainly two reasons –first the lack of education and thus lack of awareness; and second the unwillingness to lose a day’s wage in order to reach the nearest medical facility. Healthcare for underprivileged, which is a desperate need, thus remains unaddressed.
The need of the hour is thus a two pronged approach – first to bring quality healthcare services to doorsteps of the needy and second to promote healthcare awareness and contemporary healthcare seeking behaviour among the underprivileged. The Naihati New Life Society has so far provided free healthcare services to more than 30,800 children and families through ”Jibandhara”. Charitable dispensary.
Universal Healthcare is the fundamental necessity for any society to progress. Thus The Naihati New Life Society is running a Free Charitable Dispensary-“Jibandhara” in Mamudpur (North 24 Praganas), providing free doctor and medicine to poor people of the area. Naihati New Life Society aims to establish 50 FREE Charitable Dispensary at Barrackpore & Barasat,Basirhat Subdivision soon.
The Naihati New Life Society takes several approaches and strategies to ensure improvement to the health conditions of people living in South and North regions. To assess the improvement in health status of slum dwellers in target areas, we look at four important areas: Awareness,Action,Access,Advocacy,Achievements: So many community volunteers in south & North region have increased aware about environment to peoples, social and health issues and government welfare schemes.60% knowledge on immunization and importance of Institutional delivery has been increased. Knowledge among 168 CHVs has been increased on Nutrition, Balance diet, Hygienic food preparation etc. Community People have become more aware about their entitlement rights.
People are motivated to save money in the community fund. CHVs are aware of their human rights, iodine deficiency, new born care & immunization, disability, leprosy and sanitation CHVs become active to organize a campaign and they organized 6 campaigns on Human Rights, Iodine deficiency, New born care & immunization, Disability, Leprosy and Sanitation & Menstruation cycle.
Naihati New Life society is also working towards improving the condition of reproduction and child health in north, south region and has worked in many areas to make the life of people better and healthy.
We have mobile vans which are fully equipped for diagnostic screening of eye defects by ophthalmologists. We conduct screening, identification and advise on necessary treatments for eye diseases in these vans. Those identified with refractive errors are given spectacles free of cost whereas those diagnosed with cataract are accompanied to our partner hospitals Susrut Eye Hospital for free surgery.
Our goal is to ensure an anaemia-free geography for which we do preliminary pricking and screening of haemoglobin levels among mother & child. We then link with the Government mechanism to administer right doses to these children and conduct various awareness building programs for community level teachers, and parents so they adapt and influence others in the community on the causes and repercussions of iron deficiency.
85% of the 12 million visually impaired in India can be cured by a simple operation that costs Rs. 3500 and takes only 15 minutes to perform. A simple cataract surgery not only restores vision, it also restores dignity. Because often it helps the elderly start earning again thereby reducing their dependence on others. NNLS facilitates 1000-1500 free cataract operations every year.
We believe that no one should suffer from blindness because they cannot afford the cost of treatment. Due to a high level of poverty in West Bengal, up to 2022, we will provide 100% of our surgeries free of charge to those who cannot afford the cost.
We look after cases of low vision among children with special needs and provide for their cost-free treatment. Our field support not only identifies and accompanies them for treatments but also conduct regular follow-ups to overcome any inconsistency as advised in treatment.