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SDMH – Outreach Initiative

Reaching Out To Those Who Can Not Reach us

 

Outreach: What does Outreach represent to all of us at SDMH? Is it a movement? Is it a philosophy? Or is it a vision? Perhaps, it is a bit of all three. Outreach is fluid in a sense that a hospital can never be. A hospital has structure, a permanence, and it is expected that people will flock to it in their hour of need.

 

Outreach adopts a totally different tack. It means walking the extra mile, going out and impacting those very lives, those people, those children who, perhaps, find the trudge to SDMH too demanding. It means going into villages month after month to treat a few thousand rural folks who would have struggled, otherwise, to find succour. It means tackling the urban slums which proliferate in Indian cities. It means working hand in glove with institutions like Disha and Umang which have done pioneering work in serving children with special needs. It means lending a hand at the SOS Village to help orphans in need. It means organizing diverse activities for children who are HIV positive. These, and a myriad other activities, are organized so as to help the needy. Further, Santokba works very closely with Anganwadis, with the Barefoot College, Tilonia; with Nanhi Chhaan, Bal Bhavan etc. The mission statement given to Team Outreach, reads, “Where you find unhappiness, create happiness; where you find misery, generate joy.”

Outreach, through its Anganwadi Programme, has adopted 15 Anganwadis wherein SDMH provides regular maternal and child health care. The programme has benefitted over 7,000 patients so far. A Mobile Medical Van service commenced operations in the year 2010 to reach out to, and provide free medical care for, urban slum dwellers and the  unorganized poor - construction workers, coolies, rickshaw pullers etc.

Over 20,000 patients have availed this service. Also, at Jhalana Doongri, SDMH conducts OPD clinics to provide free medical care to residents.

SDMH signed an MOU with an NGO, Operation Smile India, to work together with the objective of setting up a Cleft Care Centre at SDMH which would provide free surgical treatment to patients with cleft lip and palate. Over 50 patients have undergone surgery at  no cost to them.

A Rehabilitation Programme named “Pangu Giri Langhe” was introduced in March 2010 where regular free camps are being organized which include the provision of artificial limbs (Jaipur Foot) for amputees, and polio calipers for the disabled. Details of the rehabilitation camps conducted are as under.

SDMH conducts free medical camps regularly in rural areas to provide quality medical care to the masses. In over 70 free rural camps, SDMH has provided consultation, investigation and medicine to over 70,000 patients who would normally not have access to a quality healthcare.

 

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