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RESTORING HEALTH, FACILITATING NUTRITION

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, to be healthy. Let us build a nation of healthy children together!

"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 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 behavior among the underprivileged.

In such a scenario a mobile healthcare services delivery system is the most practical mechanism. And in subscription to this view, Ujjwal India Foundation has initiated a programme. This is a unique mobile hospital programme that seeks to address problems of mobility, accessibility and availability of primary healthcare with a special focus on children and women, in urban slums and remote rural areas.

Since our establishment in India, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred, we have devised several solutions that help us continue sharing the gift of health & nutrition with underprivileged children.

Ujjwal India Foundation's interventions in the health sector work to improve access to quality health services for the poor and marginalised communities. By identifying the root causes of healthcare challenges, Ujjwal India Foundation works at the individual, community and systemic levels to develop innovative solutions and help implement quality healthcare services. The work with community groups, collaborative work with government and civil society organisations include cross-cutting strategies to improve the health and nutrition status of the poorest and excluded groups, particularly women and children.

The various areas of healthcare system delivery addressed by Ujjwal India Foundation's projects include improving the quality of services for maternal and reproductive health, child health and nutrition, and early identification and treatment of communicable diseases such Tuberculosis (TB), Kala Azar, pneumonia, diarrhea and HIV. To increase the uptake of services, besides the supply-side interventions, many projects work with communities and groups of mothers to break social barriers by engaging men and other key decision makers in rural households. The aim of the health interventions is to strengthen and promote comprehensive health for women and girls, and create a positive and enabling environment for accessing quality healthcare services.