August 3 2014

Dr. Ishu and our Mobile Clinics

In rural areas of India, like Bihar where the Shechen Clinic is located, there is a scarcity of qualified doctors and professional health service providers. Female health professionals are wary of working at health facilities located far from their villages.

These rural villages are home to thousands of needy people, and the women there only feel comfortable with a female doctor.

This is a challenging situation and the Shechen Mobile Clinics are very fortunate to have more female health professionals than males on staff. Their services are already revolutionizing the health and social wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in Northern India.

Dr Ishu Mobile CLinic Dr. Ishu is one of our female doctors. She comes from Gaya, and has been practicing medicine in the area since she completed her studies in June 2012.  She decided to work for Karuna-Shechen because she wanted to serve the villagers. She works in the medical centre as well as travels in our outreach mobile clinics.

The mobile clinic program reaches out to remote villages up to 90km away. It makes weekly visits to 16 locations, treating an average of 130 patients a day from over 18 neighboring villages in the state of Bihar (Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad and Nawada districts).

3rd Mobile CLinicEach village is visited by a medical team, which includes a doctor, a nurse, and a pharmacist. This gives villagers the opportunity to consult a physician, receive medication, and be educated on safe water use, sanitation, HIV awareness, and good hygiene practices. Because of the financial support of donors like you, our medical outreach program has been extended to include a third mobile clinic.

We are planning to replicate this successful medical outreach program with the creation of a new mobile health team to serve unprivileged communities in the neighboring state of Jharkhand.

Families living in these remote areas have no other access to medical care.  Without your support and the help of Doctor Ishu and her colleagues, these villagers would have no direct health care and small problems could escalate and dangerous diseases left to linger.

(with Vanessa Challinor, SHF)