Essential healthcare in remote areas of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana

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What We Do

MSF conducts mobile clinics to take primary healthcare to people living in remote villages, who find it extremely difficult to access medical care. Our teams provide free treatment for malaria, respiratory infections, pneumonia and skin diseases among others. The clinics also offer a separate area for women to address needs in reproductive health, where group and individual sessions are conducted on topics such as hygiene, care of newborns, and sexually transmitted infections.

Due to a longstanding, low-intensity conflict, large sections of the population of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana have extremely limited or no access to healthcare, especially in remote areas of the states. Medical facilities are few and far between, and in such a scenario even preventable, treatable conditions such as malaria can become fatal.

In 2019

In Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, states affected by a longstanding low-intensity conflict, MSF provides primary healthcare including health promotion and disease surveillance through mobile clinics. MSF’s package of care includes treatment of malaria, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, antenatal and post-natal care and immunization of children as well as referrals. As the Chhattisgarh programme nears its closure by the end of 2020, the MSF trained community health workers are progressively being handed over to the Ministry of Health (MoH), with three already transferred to MoH in 2019.

MSF continued to run mobile clinics in five locations in the Bijapur district: Reddi, Kamkanar, Palnar, Kaika and Korma. Primary healthcare services were continued in 2019, as were health promotion activities at the mobile clinic sites. Health education sessions were conducted across the Bijapur district in schools and markets by our health promotion team assisted by our medical doctor team. In 2019, nurse-led treatments were initiated in our mobile clinics where nurses, in collaboration with medical doctors, started treating malaria patients thus greatly improving the efficiency and scope of our patient care.

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