Chaparda - Gujarat, India

Socio Economic Conditions:

Junagadh district is divided into 14 areas called Talukas with Visavadar being one of them. Chaparda is one of the 104 villages within Visavadar. Industries in Junagadh are Mineral based cement, Fish processing, Agriculture and Power though our patient base is mostly farm labourers.

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The acupuncture project is based at a charity complex called Brahmanand Vidya Dham near the village of Chaparda, on the outskirts of the Gir National Park. Within the complex grounds are hostels and schools for the orphaned/single parent children, hostel and school for the blind, home for the elderly and the recently built Jay Ambe hospital. Once fully functional the hospital will serve the many villages in the district of Junagadh (a population of more than 2.5 million). Currently it operates a labour ward, optical and dental departments and a general pharmacy. The hospital is subsidised by the Health Aid Trust who are also our partner organsiation for the acupuncture clinic.

Health:

There is no organized delivery of health care in rural India. Preventive health care is unavailable in the villages. Clean drinking water is not available to all and the sanitation is not adequate. Immunization though available, does not cover all who need it.  In some cases in villages there might be circuit riders, who provide only acute care on the days they come.  The second level of care is at the rural health clinic where there are no medicines or the care is at best rudimentary. The third level of care is at the district level where there is the availability of more care but still without the necessary means to provide full basic care. The fourth level of care is in the hospitals located in the cities, which are crowded and provide only acute care. Most of these facilities are financed by the government, which are not well staffed or adequately financed. For the villages we serve the nearest health care centre for an emergency or a more serious illness is in Junagadh City or Rajkot which for the majority of the rural population is too far. 

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