Awareness programs and rallies
SEESHA team in association with the local administration at Chennai Vanagaram, organized a campaign creating awareness on keeping the surroundings clean & proper hand washing methods, educating the layman on the symptoms of coronavirus and urging them to seek early medical assistance.
Beginning at Karunya Nagar and extending through the nearby tribal villages, awareness programs are being conducted through educational posters and demonstrations. Staff nurses demonstrate safe hand-washing techniques to each village community volunteer and they take it to the communities. The method of mixing disinfectants in the right proportion to be used in the communities, is also taught to them through demonstration. Dos and Don'ts to create coronavirus awareness are made as banners and are placed at high visibility areas both in English and Tamil.
Screening and emergency care at SEESHA Karunya Hospital
Although 90% of the Indian population are advised to stay in their homes, the healthcare workers are toiling day and night for saving the lives of countrymen. SEESHA Karunya hospitals associates itself with the local administration in screening fever, early diagnosis and offering emergency care, during these trying times. The Team has boldly stepped out with necessary precautionary measures to fight the pandemic, risking their lives. The emergency care, pharmacy and diagnostics are open 24X7 with doctors, nurses and other paramedics.
Helping hand of the elders of OACH and SEESHA women's group
Listening to the concerns of the community volunteers, doctors and paramedics with regard to the demand of masks in the market and their rising prices, the elders of the OACH, despite their physical ailments offered to stitch cloth masks to be used by the volunteers, healthcare workers and the general public in the surrounding areas. Watching the zeal of the elders, the women's self-help groups also joined them in stitching cloth masks. They have rendered their helping hands to ensure that someone is safe through their small gesture of kindness. SEESHA took the responsibility of buying the raw materials for the masks. SEESHA also gave them incentives in order to encourage them to do the work joyfully. We are grateful for your constant support and we request you to continue your support and remember our healthcare team and volunteers in your prayers, as they serve the suffering. We are providing disinfectants & sanitizers and conducting free medical screening through our hospital , help us to serve many.
We ensure community involvement in a range of our health programmes.
REACHING THE UNREACHED
SEESHA’s health outreach extends to remote rural and tribal communities where the access to advanced medical care is limited. As part of this programme, SEESHA organises medical and surgical camps, supporting local hospitals and helping people who cannot afford expensive surgical procedures.
SEESHA undertakes innovative, inexpensive surgical procedures and treatment methods, which has helped several patients recover completely. Research and development of new technology and medical equipment is undertaken by SEESHA in association with Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS).
Our health outreach extends to (but is not limited to) the following rural and tribal regions:
- Dimapur, Nagaland
- Jalukie, Nagaland
- Churachandpur, Manipur
- Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
- Aizawl, Mizoram
- Sattoli, Uttarakhand
- Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
- Sitlingi, Tamil Nadu
- Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Recognition from Project Management Institute (PMI)
In 2017, SEESHA has secured the honour as runner-up to the “Project of the Year” award in the NGO category for making modern minimally invasive surgeries available and affordable in rural and tribal regions through the SEESHA hospital. The award was instituted by Project Management Institute (PMI), a renowned International Institute that has trained over 3 million management professionals across the globe.
Each year, PMI evaluates and honours projects from a range of fields including global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. This award is in recognition of “project team that has achieved superior results through exemplary application of project management principles for projects, programs or similar initiatives implemented by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).”
COMMUNITY HEALTH FACILITATORS
Motivated women from the SEESHA adopted villages, who have a thirst for learning and a passion to serve their communities, are specifically trained by SEESHA to become Community Health Facilitators. They act as health ambassadors, promoting health and preventing disease in their own local communities.
Additionally, blood donation camps are organised jointly with blood banks, in aid of Thalassemia patients every year. These camps are conducted in urban setups and encourage donors to contribute towards saving human lives.
SEESHA’s Medical Outreach – 2022
Our Medical Outreach in 2022 – Quality healthcare to build resilient communities
Marginalized populations in India, like those from rural and tribal belts, have poor health and huge unmet healthcare needs due to a shortage of trained medical personnel, lack of adequate infrastructure & equipment, transportation barriers, poverty, and stigma among people that cause delays in seeking timely medical care. Access to disease prevention programs and equitable healthcare services are crucial to empowering people to better manage their health.
Through a slew of healthcare projects, SEESHA has been serving the underserved, remote communities in & around Coimbatore for more than three decades by providing high-quality, affordable healthcare services. SEESHA’s medical outreach programs bring health education and screening services directly to community members and contribute to reducing health disparities.
Following are the highlights of our medical outreach programs held in Coimbatore in 2022 so far:
The rural & tribal population in the country faces a heavy burden of multiple diseases. While malnutrition, addictive disorders and communicable diseases continue to be rampant, changing living conditions have increased the prevalence of non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cancer, etc.
To improve healthcare access to the surrounding tribal families and raise the quality of service provided, SEESHA in association with Karunya Deemed University, conducted a health awareness & medical outreach program at Pachanampathy village – Coimbatore district on February 8, 2022. Medical team from Karunya Hospitals conducted the health camp & several community members underwent general health and dental check-ups during the campaign. Necessary supplements & medicines for common ailments were provided to the beneficiaries free of cost, and patients who required further investigation were referred to the hospital.
A medical outreach program was conducted at Chadivayalpathy on February 13, 2022, to improve healthcare access for downtrodden communities residing in tribal villages around the Siruvani Hills in Coimbatore. Medical team from Karunya Hospitals conducted the health camp, and several community members from nearby tribal hamlets of Seengapathi, Vellapathi, Pottapathy and Porathy also benefited from the campaign. All attendees were educated on general nutrition and communicable diseases. Dental hygiene kits, nutritional supplements, and necessary medicines for common ailments were provided to the beneficiaries, free of cost.
To increase access to healthcare among the tribal population at Nallurpathy village, SEESHA organized a medical outreach program on February 25th, 2022. Dr. Shilpa Samuel Dhinakaran inaugurated the medical camp. Free dental hygiene kits, medicines for minor ailments, and nutritional supplements were dispensed among the community members during the camp.
Iruttupallam Awareness Camp
Commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2022, SEESHA organized a free health awareness campaign at Panchayat Union Middle School, Iruttupallam - Coimbatore, to sensitize adolescents about Anaemia and the importance of better nutrition during their growing years. The awareness session was conducted by Dr. Shilpa Samuel Dhinakaran and Dr. Suganthi Kirubakaran.
Nallurpathy Awareness Camp
On Women’s day, a health awareness campaign on ‘Menstrual Hygiene and Anaemia’ was organized by the medical team from Karunya Hospitals in Nallurpathy tribal village. At the session, Dr. Suganthi Kirubakaran spoke to the community women about living a healthy and hygienic lifestyle.
On March 9th, 2022, SEESHA in association with Karunya Deemed University, organized a free medical camp at Kalimangalam village, where access to affordable & advanced medical care is limited. Dr. Shilpa Samuel Dhinakaran inaugurated the health camp, which was attended by Karunya University’s Vice Chancellor Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, university staff, students, and other local delegates.
Eye Camp - Iruttupallam
SEESHA, along with Karunya Deemed University and India Vision Institute, conducted a free eye screening camp at Panchayat Union Middle School - Iruttupallam, marking World Optometry Day on March 23rd, 2022.
Dr. Shilpa Samuel Dhinakaran inaugurated a free medical camp at Moongilmadaikuttaipathy village on March 25th, 2022, to provide the marginalised population access to quality healthcare. A student representative from Evangeline Matriculation School from the local community also volunteered with the healthcare team during the occasion.
Due to geographical & socio-economic challenges, huge gaps exist in the health infrastructure and available resources in rural and tribal regions. On April 9th, 2022, SEESHA organized a medical outreach program at Narasipuram village in Thondamuthur block, to improve the quality of healthcare and provide access to basic diagnostic services to the community residents. During the camp, general screening, checking of vital parameters, haemoglobin tests, and regular dental check-ups were carried out on all the attendees. Medicines for common ailments & supplements were provided to the beneficiaries free of cost.
Most children from downtrodden sections of society enter their adolescent years malnourished, which impairs their quality of life and makes them more vulnerable to infectious diseases.
A free medical camp was organized at Esther Orphanage Home for girls – Thondamuthur on April 29th, 2022, to commemorate the birthday of Sis. Evangeline Paul Dhinakaran and promote better health among the children. Doctors from Karunya Hospitals examined the residents, and students from Karunya Deemed University volunteered during the medical camp. Later at the camp, school kits were distributed to the beneficiaries.