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.
MSF continued to conduct mobile clinics to provide primary healthcare in remote villages in south Chhattisgarh, north Andhra Pradesh and north Telangana. Efforts to raise awareness on relevant health issues also continued though interactive presentations on malaria, breastfeeding, use of latrines, general hygiene, human immunodeficiency virus / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), scabies and more.
The project began to reorient its intervention strategy towards a community-driven approach and local capacity building. This included initiatives to identify and train community health workers/volunteers to conduct health promotion sessions in their villages, to diagnose and treat malaria cases, and to identify warning signs and refer emergency cases. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MSF has been able to refer a greater number of patients, increase the diagnostic capabilities for presumptive TB cases, and assist in case follow-up.