About Swasthya Swaraj
Swasthya Swaraj is a secular, not-for-profit, organization working towards making health a reality for the poorest and unreached. Swasthya Swaraj has set up a model community health programme – Swasthya Swaraj Comprehensive Community Health Programme in the tribal-dominated Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi district in Odisha, India. We dream of a people’s movement for SWARAJ in health – a just and equitable society, free from the shackles of ill health, illiteracy and poverty.
How it started
When you throw a party, do not call your rich neighbours and relatives and friends, but the poor, the lame, the dumb, the neglected, who cannot pay you back,” This was the sentence from the Gospel which I stumbled across years ago and set off on the journey of exploration in search of the poorest, the most neglected, the last man or woman and child; leaving the secure and risk-free portals of secondary and tertiary care hospitals and walking into the uncharted areas of community health and primary healthcare.
What we do
The organization’s work can be looked as consisting of two separate arms of work – clinical work through the healthcare centres and community empowerment for sustainability and long good term health outcomes in the region.
Two Health Centres committed to making high quality, affordable primary healthcare accessible to the poor in the tribal area with community participation.
We give equal importance to the empowerment of communities with a view to make possible meaningful community participation and action for health.
We are working towards making health a reality for the poorest and unreached. Comprehensive community health programme is our approach.
Where We Work
We primarily work in the tribal dominated Th Rampur block of Kalahandi district, Odisha. Swasthya Swaraj Comprehensive Community Health Programme is active in 79 villages from 10 panchayats – Kerpai, Nakrundi, Kaniguma, Gunpur, Kiapadar, Thuamul, Sagada, Silet and Talaampadar in the block of Kalahandi region in Odisha. This programme covers a population of about 14000 people. However people from the 6 blocks of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts also avail our services.