Community Health 1 (Annual Report 2009-10)

Steadily closer to health and well-being

Well Baby Show Counselling Camp organised under the Rural Health Programme

Deepalaya believes that the concurrent development of preventive and promotive health is crucial to the well-being of those who are unable to afford regular health-care. The key initiatives in the area of health focus on providing health-care, developing health seeking behaviour and strengthening existing health delivering mechanisms in the target communities. Deepalaya’s health services are centred on two areas - Haryana and Delhi.

Chameli Dewan Rural Health (Haryana)

Supported by the Dewan Foundation, UK, the CDRHC has been functioning from Gusbethi since 2005 to provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged communities in 22 villages of Mewat, Haryana. The region has a predominantly Meo-Muslim population and working with the community to discard several superstitious practices has been a unique challenge. Over the five years, through constant effort, our staff has succeeded in reversing certain traditional practices like discarding the colostrum after birth and not giving immunization to newborns in the belief that it would be harmful. The program consists of a Base Clinic every day at Gusbethi and a Mobile Clinic which visits the neighbouring villages daily. The medical team of two lady doctors (including a gynaecologist) is seconded by the St. Stephens Hospital New Delhi, which has a very strong Community Medicine intervention program. (See table on Achievements of Chameli Dewan Rural Health and Mobile Clinic, Gusbethi)


  1. The focus during the year has been on Reproductive Child Health, introducing family planning, increasing the number of institutional deliveries and immunization of newborns. There has been a remarkable improvement in all three areas.
  2. The average number of patients attending the clinic per day has increased from 52 last year to 57 in 2009-2010.
  3. A constant schedule of awareness programmes has had a significant impact. Awareness on issues of immunization, Breast Feeding, Antenatal Care and Postnatal Care, Anaemia, Tuberculosis, Water-Borne Diseases, malnutrition, Pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, Old-Age related problems and others were held throughout the year.
  4. Community Health Volunteer training was conducted twice in the year. Volunteers were given training on antenatal and postnatal care, recognizing angerous signs during pregnancy and family planning methods.
  5. Programs aiming at promoting psycho-social wellbeing have also been conducted. Adolescent girls’ group meeting and eligible couples’ meeting were conducted to address issues from early age marriages, menstrual hygiene and superstitions to the importance of mutual respect in marriages and the importance of budgeting, family planning and girl child education.
  6. World Health Day programme, Anti-Tobacco Day programme and 2 Aahaar Melas (Nutrition Fairs) were held during the year.
  7. Awareness Programs were conducted on issues like Immunization, Skin Disease and Scabies, Breast Feeding and weaning, Antenatal Care and Post natal care, Anaemia, Family Planning, Child care during harvest season, Malnutrition, etc.
  8. The Clinic has regularly provided the much needed medical care and support to the 110 children of the Residential Care Home located within the same campus




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