Reaching the Unreached
 
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Registered Charity No: 1091295
 
 

 

Health Programme
Our Pushparani clinic, situated on the RTU campus treats around 150 patients every day from the surrounding villages. We have a good supply of medicines and our own clinical laboratory which carries out all necessary tests, including for HIV/AIDS. Besides treatment for infectious diseases including tuberculosis, it also offers ante-natal care and mother-and-child healthcare services. Patients with more serious illnesses are referred to local or larger hospitals at our expense
We have trained 32 women from 26 surrounding villages as Village Health Workers to cope with simple needs especially for women, children, adolescents and the elderly. and to run ante-natal clinics. Babies and toddlers are weighed regularly and if necessary we supply a specially formulated nutritious flour (Sathumavu) to the mother. 
We have a medical jeep equipped with basic medicines and simple test equipment. This visits more distant villages each afternoon.
Achievements since RTU started
Child immunisation programmes
Dental checks for children
Mother and baby clinics
Leprosy clinics - We have eradicated leprosy from this area. From 500 leprosy patients when we came here, we have reduced the numbers to nil. We still care for old and handicapped leprosy patients.
Polio, the commonest cause of handicaps has now been eradicated from the area because of our immunisation programme.
All our children are given medical check-ups twice a year.
HIV/AIDS
At present over 300 children from HIV+ backgrounds are in RTU's direct care, and around 100 are themselves HIV+. They receive ART treatment, and an HIV consultant visits these children several times each month.
A Home Sponsorship programme makes a monthly payment to over 90 families with a parent suffering from AIDS to enable them to continue caring for their children. Over 180 children benefit.

The Village Health Workers, in conjunction with other RTU staff, promote HIV/AIDS awareness, and human rights awareness, through street theatre, film shows, and group meetings.

Statistics are unreliable, but there is evidence that Tamil Nadu is the worst-affected state in India, and the growth rate amongst children is claimed to be as high as 50%.

 
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