|Niranjana Health Initiative|
|Mobile Clinic and Health Education|
|Community Health Committees|
|How can you help?|
India is a country of more than 1 billion people, of which 260 million live under the poverty line. BIHAR is one of India’s poorest states where:
- More than 40% of people live below the poverty line
- The infant mortality rate is extremely high
- Less than 25% of children are immunised
- The literacy rate is the lowest in India (47%)
Serious health issues are faced daily including Tuberculosis, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Polio, Hepatitis, Malnutrition related diseases, Conditions caused by unsafe birthing practices (eg. cerebral palsy), Sickness due to water/food contamination, Death or permanent disability due to absence of emergency medical treatment. The magnitude of many health problems here are largely due to lack of awareness, and therefore, lack of preventative measures.
At Niranjana we are trying to solve these problems in the area we have access to. We have a health clinic and run mobile clinics/lessons for the poorest people from villages in our greater region. For clinic visitors, we have set a basic requirement of earnings less than 1000 Rp / Month (about USD$20) to qualify for free medical treatment. People fitting this criterion are given patient membership cards with which they can seek treatment as often as needed, free of charge.