We face huge challenges in this area as the government health system is almost nonfunctional. Doctors never came here voluntarily. There are no facilities for emergency obstetric care in about 80km radius. Referral facilities for seriously ill patients are not in 150 km radius. This location is a thickly forested hilly area with no communication facilities.
The Infant mortality rate (IMR) is 152 per 1000 live births and under-five mortality rate is 322 per 100 live births. The maternal mortality is beyond imagination and it is as high as 16 deaths in one year. These findings are from a population of 10,798 people from 43 villages. Malaria was attributed as the root cause of 56% of the deaths. Except in certain roadside villages, the immunization coverage in these tribal pockets is 0% . These statistics are from the Swasthya Swaraj survey in 2014.
In this scenario, we have set the following goals:
- Reduce the deaths and burden of diseases due to preventable diseases by 50% in 5 years
- Reduce maternal mortality to acceptable limits.
- Reduce infant mortality to 50 per 1000 and under-five mortality to 60 per 1000.
- Improve the literacy levels through an innovative education model.