How might we improve access to healthcare for tribal communities in Chhattisgarh?
In partnership with the Transform Rural India Foundation, and supported by the National Health Mission, Chhattisgarh Department of Health, district administrations, local markets, health facilities, and community leaders.
Millions of people in remote, rural areas of Chhattisgarh are struggling to access health services due to various technical, socio-economic, and behavioural factors. These include remoteness from main urban areas, infrastructure connectivity, ability to travel, lack of healthcare facilities, affordability of care, belief in faith-based healing, and provision of inadequate care, among others.
Haat Bazaar Clinics are mobile services at weekly local markets frequented by tribal communities, farmers, and producers. These clinics provide free essential medical services, including screenings and medications. Each clinic consists of a doctor, a nurse, a lab technician, and a multi-purpose worker. However, despite their vital role, these clinics face challenges, including resource shortages and operational difficulties, and have to deal with behavioral barriers related to privacy, dignity, and patient referrals.