Mathivanan S, Community Health Initiatives Among Tribal Villages
For those whose homes are in Karur, Tiruchirappalli and Kalvarayan Hills of Namakkal district, India, they are often faced with the challenge of being detached and deserted from the rest. To bring the communities together and ensure their wellbeing, Mathivanan S and Sathia Bama have designed Community Health Initiatives Among Tribal Villages through the implementation of Barefoot Doctors.
The goal of this project is to create an Egalitarian society based on love, peace, justice, equality and harmony among the oppressed section of the society. The project will address topics such as health, bonded labor, child labor, women oppression, disabilities among children, environment, economic issues and agriculture. A seed grant will help in starting their Barefoot Doctors Project to address health concerns, provide awareness on the environment and decrease student dropout in school.
The project will be implemented in ten villages where twenty women will be trained on the techniques that Barefoot Doctors base their work on. The training will give the women the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills of analyzing, diagnosing and providing medical treatment. They will also be supplied with medical kits that hold the capacity to serve 1,500 people. Funds will go towards selecting the women, conducting a 2-week training, supplying medical kits, follow-up meetings and monitoring and evaluation strategies. To ensure the sustainability of the project the trained women will conduct first aid outreaches, continuing to empower more of the community to take on this responsibility.
Mathivanan S is described as an individual with, “…love for humanity and conviction to bring about change in the lives of poor.” We could not agree more.
GRANT AWARD DATE: November 16, 2015