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  project name ~ Financial Support for Training of 2 Healthworkers from Jadugoda in JSS

category ~ Health Care - Adult




  Project Name


Financial Support for Training of 2 Healthworkers from Jadugoda in JSS



JSS (Jan Swasthya Sahyog)



Health Care - Adult







  Budget Approved


Rs 90000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Karthik Shekhar











The town of Jadugoda in Jharkhand has been the epicenter of some severe health problems for decades as a consequence of uranium mining in this region. Compounding that is the absence of basic healthcare facilities in this area for the affected, who are mostly members of the poorest tribal communities (Ho, Santhal, Munda). There is large incidence of lung cancer, thalassemia, tuberculosis, etc. in the area, particularly among the miners. Children are born with birth defects, men get sterilized, women undergo spontaneous abortions. Other flora and fauna are also getting affected, many of them can now be seen to have deformed shapes and forms. The desperation of these communities for medical relief has prompted volunteers from the local communities to seek training in community health care. The aim is to shift the focus from demanding doctors to nurture a middle level cadre of community health workers, who could provide first contact care at the village level, counsel and timely referral and organize people to demand better health services from the state.

In this project, two persons from Jadugoda will undergo 9 months training in community health work at Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS), Bilaspur a non-governmental organization of health professionals that has been one of the pioneers in developing systems of community health care work in India.





The framework of community health programs in villages pioneered and implemented by JSS has been widely recognized by many groups, including the state health department and the union health ministry. One of JSS''s main sponsors, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and other independent groups have conducted surveys in villages within the Bilaspur district where JSS has an active community health program, and found that in comparison with villages without a health program, these villages fare much better on many health indicators like infant mortality rate, maternal health, infectious disease management etc. In addition to their comprehensive healthcare work that is focused on serving the tribal communities in and around the Bilaspur district, JSS also conducts training programs for healthworkers whose beneficiaries come from across different states in India. The JSS training program has attracted applications from many people''s movements like the Narmada Bachao Aandolan, Jagrut Adivasi Dalit Sanghatan etc. The communities that are affected by uranium mining in Jadugoda are really eager to benefit from this course.





The goal of this project is to support the training and living expenses at JSS of two health workers from Jadugoda. In the near future, the activist groups at Jadugoda are aiming at sending more healthworkers for training. Once they return, they will run health camps in 30-35 panchayats for a year. In addition, they will run awareness programs on health, medicine, sustainable agriculture, etc. through self-help groups.



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