In the rural areas of Pakistan, the access to quality Health-Care is unavailable. OSDI’s initiatives in the health sector aim to fill in the gaps where there is lack of adequate Health-Care in the under-privileged communities. The primary objective of the Health-Care project is:
- Improving overall health of individuals living in our focus villages by providing access to primary healthcare facilities, and counteracting existing communicable, non-communicable and water borne diseases
- Effectively reducing health costs and the prevalence of diseases
- Minimising unexpected health expenses that drain people’s ability to afford the basic necessities of life. Increasing awareness about the importance of proper hygiene, preventive measures and proper medical care through various social mobilization tools
Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC): It has been set up to provide quality first hand Health-Care facilities to the ailing patients. The PHC has qualified doctors, subsidized medicines and basic health infrastructure in the identified rural communities. These centers have the capacity to cater too the Health-Care needs of the entire population of these villages.
General Medical Camps (GMC): These mobile camps are being set up in villages where basic health facilities are non-existent. The primary purpose of the project is the provision of basic health-care to local communities and creating awareness in matters regarding health and hygiene. The GMCs are staffed with a qualified team of doctors, paramedics and supporting staff for diagnosing and treatment of commonly occurring illnesses at a subsidized token fee.
Hepatitis B & C prevention and Control Program: In collaboration with the Chief Minister’s Initiative for Hepatitis Free Sindh, the Hepatitis B & C Prevention and Control Program has been initiated in OSDI’s focus villages. It is designed to first screen the entire population for the infection and subsequently to facilitate treatment of Hepatitis positive patients and vaccinate the remaining community.
Maternal & Child Health-Care Program: This program was initiated in collaboration with the PPHI (People’s Primary Health Initiative) to ensure the expecting mothers and the newly born/unborn child’s health during and after the delivery. The mothers are informed to get their babies timely vaccinated and take care of their health and hygiene.
Malaria Prevention & Control Program: The focused villages of OSDI are sprayed occasionally against mosquitoes; alongwith the mutual alliance of DHQ. The community is constantly briefed about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene to ensure healthy living.
Measles Vaccination Campaign: These campaigns are organized to create awareness amongst people against this viral disease and precautionary measures to control it. OSDI provides vaccinations to children upto 15 years of age to prevent them from measles.
Polio Inoculations: Almost 4,000 children are vaccinated during the National Immunization Days (NIDs) against Polio every month. OSDI’s appointed dispensers and Lady Health Workers facilitate the DHQ team during these days by going from door to door to ensure every child in the village is inoculated against the virus.
Health Education Initiative: Health Education is being imparted to the students of Temporary Learning Centers (TLC’s) coming under OSDI’s purview. School Based De-worming sessions are done to provide students with de-worming syrups and inform them about the necessity for health and hygiene in addition to general education. These sessions include general medical check-ups along with distribution of milk and healthy biscuits for the children.
Such measures are taken to highlight the importance of health education, which not only aims to shape the children into healthier, more productive citizens but also will encourage active participation within their communities in the coming years.