India has been missing out in global ranking based on Human Development Index largely due to health related parameters. One of the major contributory factors for such low ranking is related to high mortality rate, MCH and nutritional disorders owing to Anemia, particularly in rural and tribal areas. These issues attracted the attention of the Ekal while intervening on the educational issues in rural and tribal areas.
Initially, for EKAL, literacy was the main medium for development of deprived segments of the society in India. However, with the experiences over two decades, Ekal volunteers found that the health problems of rural folks and elimination of poverty were equally important issues which need to be tended for the holistic community development. Therefore, Ekal thought it to be its social responsibility to chalk out projects to address the issues related to health and healthcare.
In first phase, the health awareness and education for prevention of diseases was started through EVDs, the `One Teacher Schools’. Going forward, for expanding and delivering professional services in more systematic way, a separate organization Arogya Foundation of India has been established.
The Foundation has started field level working, taking help and support of organizational network of EKAL institutions, with voluntary services of local medical professionals and their support staff.
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