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  Project Name


Treatment and social support for very poor patients accessing health care at JSS



JSS (Jan Swasthya Sahyog)



Health Care - Adult







  Budget Approved


$ 2609000


  Year Approved







1   2  

  Chapter Coordinators


Seemantini Nadakarni
Somnath Mukherji







Waiting in front of JSS OPD





Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) was founded by a group of doctors committed to developing a compassionate, rational, high quality and low-cost health program for rural India. JSS has a 3 tier system with 104 trained village level health workers working in 55 remote villages, 3 subcenter with Senior healthworkers and finally a 60-bed rural hospital in Ganiyari complete with an operation theater, radiology and lab services.

JSS is involved in development of diagnostic technology appropriate to application in rural areas. It has developed kits for diagnosis of anemia,urinary infections, pneumonia, sickle cell disease, and, diarrhoea, among others. JSS conducts action based research in childhood illnesses, tuberculosis, malaria and leprosy.

It runs training programs for other organizations and government’s health workforce, acts as a Technical Resource Group for the Govt of Chhattisgarh and Planning Commission of India, advocacy for primary health care and rational pharmaceutical policy, as well as highlighting the centrality of chronic hunger as India’s most important and persistent public health problem.





1) Percentage of severely malnourished children went down from 26% to 10% between 2009 to 2011 2) Infant mortality went down from 90 to 30 between 2003 and 2009 (60 is the state IMR) (See Chart 2) 3) 30,000 people benefit directly from the village health program 4) 1100 patients from 1500 villages of 8 districts (Chh, Jharkhand & MP) are examined at the OPD every week 5) 75000 are served by the 3 remote subcenter 6) Savings of Rs 10,000 per person in hospitalization costs in villages where JSS works





JSS treats a large spectrum of diseases which are caused and complicated by poverty and hunger. The poor suffer from a double burden of disease and debt and are not even able to afford Rs 90 a month for medicine. The goal of this project is to support the treatment as well as food and travel expenses of the very poor patients



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