Community Healthwork

Sathyu Sarangi

Co Founder of the Bhopal Medical Appeal

Ayurveda in the Community

"Ayurveda can be a very significant part of the medical care that is given to contamination and poison exposed people in Bhopal"

community-healthworkSambhavna believes in empowering the community and the individual to take control of its and their health. The eight community healthworkers at Sambhavna are the only ones of their kind in all Bhopal. The scope of their work is huge and includes the following activities:

Health & Healthcare Surveys

Door-to-door surveys in the affected communities to generate a data on the demography, health and healthcare status of the residents, as well as their social, economic and environmental condition. Healthworkers also identify persons in need of special medical attention and ensure that this is made available either at the Sambhavna clinic or elsewhere.

TB Care & Health Education

Sambhavna pays special attention to the control of TB at a community level. Despite official knowledge regarding the unusually high prevalence of TB in the survivor population (over three times the national average) there are no official initiatives in this direction.

Sambhavna’s work in TB care consists mainly of education, identification of people with symptoms, supervision of treatment and constant health monitoring. Much of this work is shared by patient leaders- recovered TB patients in the community- who provide much effective inspiration and guidance.

Monitoring & House Visits

Monitoring the health of people receiving care at Sambhavna through house visits is an activity that distinguishes the Clinic from others. This is carried out in order to:

  • evaluate the quality of care and patient satisfaction
  • find out the efficacy of treatment (or its absence) among drop-outs
  • ensure compliance of treatment regimes.

"As an example of a holistic, environmentally-sound, community-focused and patient-centred approach to healthcare, the Sambhavna Clinic is way ahead of anything I have ever visited or worked in, anywhere in the world."

Dr John Hurst, Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant, UCL Medical School / Royal Free Hampstead NHS, London