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Volunteering In Response To Covid-19: A Case From Rural Rajasthan


Read about how the network of volunteers at Basic HealthCare Services worked towards building awareness during the second wave of covid, and providing medicines, advising on home care and following up on identified patients.  Click on the link below to read full blog https://www.indiafellow.org/blog/2021/08/volunteering-in-response-to-covid-19-a-case-from-rural-india/ – by Priyanshu Krishnamoorti, who is an India Fellow and an … Continue reading Volunteering In Response To Covid-19: A Case From Rural Rajasthan

Thinc series: Migration and Healthcare | ‘Reclaiming of trust among the migrant population is important’


Moderated by Deputy Associate Editor Udit Misra, this edition had panelists discuss healthcare provisions for migrants, the need for community-based health services and universal health coverage Click on the linke below to read full article. https://indianexpress.com/article/india/third-edition-migration-and-healthcare-reclaiming-of-trust-among-the-migrant-population-is-important-7371303/

Moving beyond vitals – looking at the person behind the patient in primary health care


After completing my post graduate training in community medicine, I worked at a medical college for almost a decade, independently leading a community health program. We had a presence in 150 villages across 3 districts of Gujarat as a part of our direct service delivery program and worked in a tribal block as part of … Continue reading Moving beyond vitals – looking at the person behind the patient in primary health care

Winning back the trust of communities


Rebuilding trust in the public healthcare system can help combat vaccine hesitancy in rural communities. Click on the link below to read full article. https://idronline.org/article/health/tackling-vaccine-hesitancy-in-rural-rajasthan/ – By Sanjana Brahmawar Mohan, director at Basic HealthCare Services and Pavitra Mohan, director at Basic HealthCare Services

Action to prevent and manage COVID-19 in rural India


In the second wave of the pandemic in India, we are seeing an insidious but sure increase in COVID-19 in rural areas of South Rajasthan; much more than in first wave. Higher infectivity of the virus, massive transmission in urban areas and greater mobility of people between rural and urban areas appear to be responsible … Continue reading Action to prevent and manage COVID-19 in rural India

This World TB Day, let us listen to poor TB patients in rural and urban India


“I am suffering for more than 6 months. I have been to many government hospitals, but they do not check properly- wahan jaane se gun nahi hua (there was no improvement there). That is why I travel 70 kms to come here- here you check us properly”- a 55 year old male visiting AMRIT Clinic in … Continue reading This World TB Day, let us listen to poor TB patients in rural and urban India

Reflections on a Book: ‘A Doctor’s Experiment in Bihar’


Reflections on a Book: ‘A Doctor’s Experiment in Bihar’ A small introduction It is a book about a doctor who had a purpose – to transform maternal and child healthcare in the unserved population of India. After completing her MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology she decided to work in a district hospital in Bihar and … Continue reading Reflections on a Book: ‘A Doctor’s Experiment in Bihar’

A Balanced Diet Amidst Imbalances


A Balanced Diet Amidst Imbalances Most people have only two meals a day. They mainly eat rotis, sometimes only rotis. It’s interesting how just ‘Rota/Roti’ is referred as a meal here. Whenever I carry khichdi or Poha for lunch, I’ve been asked several times by different people, “Arey khana nahi khaoge?”. While a meal is seen to be incomplete … Continue reading A Balanced Diet Amidst Imbalances

Of the glamour of primary health care, and clinical courage


Of the glamour of primary health care, and clinical courage Reflections from a physician on what primary healthcare means to her Till 5 years ago, my work as a pediatrician and public health physician was quite far away from primary health care. Be it working in a tertiary care hospital, or a training institution, or … Continue reading Of the glamour of primary health care, and clinical courage

Socialising At Clinics: How ‘Beemari’ And ‘Dawai’ Became My Go-To Conversation Starters


Socialising At Clinics: How ‘Beemari’ And ‘Dawai’ Became My Go-To Conversation Starters “Aap beemar ho? Kya hua?” “Aapka ilaaj kabse chaalu hua? Dawai lene ke baad thoda aaram mila?” “Aap kahaan se aaye? Kitna door hai clinic se? Paidal aaye kya?” “Aap theek se khana kha rahe ho? Din mein kitni baar khaate ho?” The … Continue reading Socialising At Clinics: How ‘Beemari’ And ‘Dawai’ Became My Go-To Conversation Starters

Covid-19 impact: In south Rajasthan clinics, doctors see spike in TB and child malnutrition


Covid-19 impact: In south Rajasthan clinics, doctors see spike in TB and child malnutrition Migrant workers’ families and communities continue to be fragile. Counselling, healthcare and supplementary nutrition is essential. Click on the link below to read full article. https://scroll.in/article/976115/covid-19-impact-in-south-rajasthan-clinics-doctors-see-spike-in-tb-and-child-malnutrition?fbclid=IwAR0bhZ_s-oBR5DVP_cQ4tibQRZ_B0waw9ftj-0SrfBKiLfKIDy6cRb9AY1E –Sanjana Brahmawar Mohan and Pavitra Mohan are pediatricians and co-founders of Basic Health Care Services, that … Continue reading Covid-19 impact: In south Rajasthan clinics, doctors see spike in TB and child malnutrition

Oxytocin paper and the important life lessons it taught me


September 2020 was a special month for me. A publication in the journal Epidemiology (https://journals.lww.com/epidem/Fulltext/2020/09000/Antenatal_Uterotonics_as_a_Risk_Factor_for.9.aspx) brought to a finale an effort that began 7 years ago. This was a journey that saw a lot of hard work and submissions in multiple journals, but yet not being able to make it, until now. The ‘oxytocin paper’ … Continue reading Oxytocin paper and the important life lessons it taught me

COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Sanjana Mohan


Our colleague, Dr. Sanjana Brahmawar Mohan ,alumnus of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shares how AMRIT Clinics has been assisting the communities it serves amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the link below to read full article. https://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/alumni/2020/09/22/covid-19-alumni-stories-sanjana-mohan/?fbclid=IwAR305rtbwcKQ1zZcQrTGl9PipND3zsVVWhcIzmLI4uH0fr_9wFYe-VjTPeI

Forcing migrants to stay back in cities during lockdown worsened spread of coronavirus, study shows


Forcing migrants to stay back in cities during lockdown worsened spread of coronavirus, study shows A doctor looks at the pattern of Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan. Our colleagues had analysed this data from Rajasthan to examine the assumption that if migrants were allowed back to their villages before the lockdown, rural spread of the epidemic … Continue reading Forcing migrants to stay back in cities during lockdown worsened spread of coronavirus, study shows

Mitigating malnutrition


Mitigating malnutrition In response to the food crisis created by the lockdown, here’s what anganwadis can do to ensure that children stay nourished in times of COVID-19 and beyond. Click on the link below to read full article. https://idronline.org/mitigating-malnutrition/?fbclid=IwAR2hjT3tjhGpkx-y6Eo_riDHcDZILDK81OP7uJpj7L7UZwGLd_z9_Zu6gyA -by Dr.Pavitra Mohan , Dr.Sanjana Brahmawar Mohan

Providing primary care in COVID-19 lockdown to rural, underserved areas of Rajasthan, India


Providing primary care in COVID-19 lockdown to rural, underserved areas of Rajasthan, India AMRIT Clinics are featured in British Medical Journal Global Health blogs. We are proud of our team who continued to provide healthcare with dignity, fearlessly during these difficult times. Click on the link below to readd the full article. https://blogs.bmj.com/bmjgh/2020/06/05/39633/?fbclid=IwAR3MNGVKJOCmxDZz2HKQ725O8y5PAjjUZlBJ3V03i10VMn1KEInrWWqSsnE – Pavitra … Continue reading Providing primary care in COVID-19 lockdown to rural, underserved areas of Rajasthan, India

सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता के जीवन में एक दिन


सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता के जीवन में एक दिन ग्रामीण राजस्थान में, सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता नई भूमिकाओं को अपना रहे हैं – वह है महामारी से जुड़ी भ्रांतियों और लॉकडाउन से जुड़े भय को दूर कर रहे है| मैं राजस्थान के उदयपुर जिले के एक गाँव मातासुला में रहती हूँ| मैं एक स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता के रूप में बेसिक हेल्थकेयर सर्विसेज (BHS) के साथ काम करती हूं, ताकि स्थानीय समुदायों के लोगों के बीच स्वास्थ्य और पोषण के बारे में जागरूकता पैदा कर सकूं। मैं 2014 से BHS के साथ जुड़ी हूँ और पिछले आठ महीनों से मानपुर क्लिनिक में कार्यरत हूँ। मेरे अलावा, सिस्टर (नर्स), भैया (एक पुरुष सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता, जो पुरुषों के साथ अधिक निकटता से बातचीत करते हैं), बाईजी (क्लीनर), और एक अन्य वरिष्ठ स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता भी क्लिनिक में कार्यरत हैं। COVID-19 से पहले, मैं आमतौर पर प्रत्येक दिन की शुरुआत में फ़ील्ड (कार्यक्षेत्र) में बाहर निकलती थी, लेकिन अब लॉकडाउन के कारण, हम फ़ील्ड (कार्यक्षेत्र) में कम ही जाते हैं। आजकल, हम क्लिनिक में अधिकतर समय सिस्टर की मदद करते हुए बिताते है। हम मरीजों से उनकी यात्रा की हिस्ट्री के बारे में पूछते हैं कि क्या उनके घर या गांव में कोई भी व्यक्ति कहीं बाहर से लौटा है, और घर पर क्या स्थिति है। लॉकडाउन से पहले, सिस्टर और वरिष्ठ स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता फ़ील्ड (कार्यक्षेत्र) में प्रसव पूर्व देखभाल (एंटी नेटल केयर) और प्रसवोत्तर देखभाल (पोस्ट नेटल केयर) का कार्य किया करते थे। वे इन महिलाओं को आयरन और कैल्शियम सप्लीमेंट देते थे, और काउंसलिंग सेशन आयोजित करते थे। अब ऐसा कुछ भी नहीं हो सकता है। हम फोन पर कुछ माताओं के साथ बात करते हैं, और उन्हें सलाह देते हैं कि उन्हें किन गोलियों और सावधानियों को लेने की आवश्यकता हो सकती है, लेकिन हम समूह सत्र आयोजित नहीं कर सकते हैं और पहले हम जितनी महिलाओं तक पहुँच सकते थे, अब ऐसा नहीं कर सकते हैं। मैं एक फुलवारी1 सुपरवाइज़र भी हूं, लेकिन अब जब फुलवारी बंद हो गई है, तो हम पहले जो काम किया करते थे, वह काम अब नहीं कर सकते है, जैसे कि बच्चों का वजन करना और कुपोषित बच्चों की पहचान करना। हालांकि, हम अभी भी फुलवारी से भोजन तैयार और व्यवस्थित करते हैं, फिर इसे पार्सल करते हैं, और हमारे फुलवारी वर्कर बच्चों को भोजन वितरित करते हैं। और भले ही माता-पिता की मीटिंग्स … Continue reading सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता के जीवन में एक दिन