The core effort of the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust has been sending out mobile medical teams to the villages every month for the past eight years. The number of villages served in this way has grown from two in the first month to a total of 126.
New Model of Service Delivery
To date there have been 1,299 of these medical camps. Currently, the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust is following a new model of service delivery in order to better serve the increased number of villages. Camps are now conducted at centrally located villages, termed ‘nodal villages’ and ladies from the surrounding villages congregate at the nodal village for medical care. Anywhere from 8 – 27 villages per camp are served in this way.
In the camps, the volunteer doctors from all over the country, and other medical staff, give checkups to women during and directly after pregnancy, and to their newborn infants during the first year of life. Up to the present, 31,119 prenatal checkups for mothers-to-be have been performed and 55,575 checkups for infants. Hundreds of postnatal checkups for the new mothers have also been provided.
Vitamin and mineral supplements are given out in the camps, along with Sai protein mix. Mothers-to-be are gifted with saris and hygiene kits, and their newborns are given a baby kit of clothes and other necessary items at the time of their first checkup.
Medicines are donated for those in need, and minor medical problems are also treated in the camps. More serious problems when identified are referred for medical treatment at the Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals.
Extension of care
For pediatric care, the doctors and nurses have extended their care beyond infants to young children above the age of one year. To date, 5258 of these additional checkups for children ages one and above, were also performed.
The doctors who come from all over India to give their service in the medical camps also provide continuing education to village women about nutrition, health, childcare, and hygiene. Over the time the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust has been doing these camps, there has been improvement in the health and body weights of both mothers and infants.