Availing Health Care services has always remained a challenge in the rural area. With this aim Project Arogya, supports the community with interventions in Primary Health Care, Awareness on various seasonal and non- seasonal diseases. Major components of program include,
Rural Health Post (RHP) – Established in 2009, the 3 Rural Health Posts across plant and mine’s location make Primary Health Care services easy to access for people of 123 surrounding villages.
The following activities are centred around BALCO’s plant location covering 31 communities
Health Camps – Periodic health camps help to reach out to remotest of areas and cater to the health care needs of the community.
HIV – As Korba is an industrial hub and migrant workers come here from all parts of the India and many end up engaging in unsafe sexual practices, thus awareness campaign for HIV prevention & testing includes community meetings, canopy camps and mass scale camp on HIV day ensure that the message towards preventing the HIV cases reaches to a wide range of audience especially these high risk groups.
TB – Awareness on TB prevention, testing and medication is done through group meetings in community, awareness generation through IEC material. People are also linked with TB testing and DOTS (Directly Observant Treatment Short Course) centre for treatment of TB.
Maternal & Child Health – Coordination with local health workers such as Mitanins & ANMs, pregnant ladies are linked with pre-natal vaccinations. Institutional deliveries are also promoted along infant care.
In FY’22 program reached out to over 28,902 people through curative and preventive healthcare services in 30 communities. Multiple awareness and capacity building sessions conducted on HIV, TB and Maternal & Child Health. For HIV awareness community level meetings were organized along with a weeklong HIV awareness campaign in collaboration with District Administration observing the World AIDS Day (1st Dec). Under maternal & child health, developed 150 nutrition garden and trained 500 mothers on recipes from Take Home Ration (THR) for better consumption & improving nutrition levels of Mother & Child. Revived & Capacitated, 21 Mahila Arogya Samiti & 11 Village Health, Sanitation & Nutrition Committee (health bodies in communities) covering 600 PRI members & local health workers for better convergence & leveraging.
The project is currently being run in partnership Social Revival group for Rural Urban & Tribal (SROUT)
Mobile Health Van
BALCO in partnership with HelpAge India launched MHV program in FY’22. This MHV is serving our nearby 45 communities/areas and addresses the problems of inaccessibility to, inability to afford and non-availability of basic essential health care in community.
In FY’22, 5516 people availed health care services during fortnightly visits in 45 communities. Multispecialty (Orthopedics, Dental, ENT, Pediatrics, Gynaec, Blood & Sugar etc.) mega health camp organized benefitting 177 people. 12 Awareness camps organized, sensitizing people on Covid related precaution and other health and hygiene matters.
The Program is being run in partnership with HelpAge India
Menstrual Health is one health issue about which there is a lot stigmas and dogmas in the community. This project aims to aware and build capacity of women and adolescent girls on hygienic practices during menstruation. Two type of groups have been created in the project to ensure active participation from the community and support in bringing the behavioural change and to ensure the sustainability of the project. Adolescent girls’ groups and G-9 groups involving Local stakeholders, SHG women, local health workers, cleaning staff has been formed and strengthened in 45 villages. Overall, community has been sensitized through group meetings, rally’s, Nukkad Nataks and Capacity building activities.
In FY’22, the program sensitized over 33,377 women, men, adolescent Girls & Boys through awareness, sensitization & capacity building sessions. As a step ahead, capacity building & leadership sessions done with 60 adolescent girls group, 60 self-help group women & 60 frontline workers to make the torchbearers in community on spreading right message on safe menstrual health practices. Additionally, as a bold step, project involved “Men in Menstruation”, in this 60+ Adolescent boys capacitated on understanding of Menstruation. 4 Swastha Suvidha Kendra were also started in villages which are serving as the one stop solution for Menstrual problems and place for conducting session at village level being run by leaders of our adolescent girls group.
The project is currently being run in partnership with Sarthak Jan Vikas Sansthan.
BALCO Medical Centre
Vision: We envisage a society where everybody lives free from cancer, for life.
Balco Medical Centre is a not-for-profit organization (a company incorporated under section 8 of Companies Act 2013-India). Balco Medical Centre, a 170-bedded tertiary care oncology facility, is the flagship initiative of VMRF. Balco Medical Centre aims to bring ultra-modern, multi-modality diagnostic and therapeutic facilities within easy reach of India’s population at a reasonable and affordable cost. The Hospital is based out of Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Patients from all geographies visit the hospital. Predominantly patients from CG visit for treatment and next patients from neighboring states of Odisha and MP get treatment.
In FY’22, the hospital catered to 12082 beneficiaries.