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Healthcare at doorsteps

Deepak Foundation’s mobile health unit service has come to the rescue of 3 lakh people from disadvantaged communities across Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Published on December 20, 2020 at 7:54 am

Updated on March 20, 2021 at 06:50 am


A mobile medical unit providing the community access to basic primary healthcare at doorsteps.
Deepak Foundation’s mobile health unit service has come to the rescue of 3 lakh people from disadvantaged communities across Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Gujarat
Besides improving the accessibility of healthcare services for underserved communities, the mobile health facilities also have the potential to act as robust preventive and promotive healthcare programmes – Ms Archana Joshi, Director of Deepak Foundation
The increasing cost of healthcare is one of the major public health challenges in developing countries and India is no different. The extent of poverty, impoverishment and indebtedness due to high out-of-pocket expenditure (OOPE) is on the rise. In the backdrop of all this, accessing quality healthcare indeed remains a challenge, especially for the disadvantaged communities. Deepak Foundation through its unique mobile health service has been reaching out to such vulnerable groups in far-flung and difficult areas across Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Deepak Foundation’s mobile medical units generally supplement the existing public health facilities and provide the community access to primary healthcare services at doorsteps. The main goal of initiating the Mobile Health Units (MHU) is to achieve universal health coverage by ensuring access to basic primary healthcare services for the underserved population in remote areas.
The concept of Mobile Health Unit was first introduced in 2007in rural and tribal areas pan India to improve the access and utilisation of health services. It represents an integral component of the healthcare system that serves vulnerable populations and promotes high-quality care at a low cost.
“Besides improving the accessibility of healthcare services for underserved communities, the mobile health facilities also have the potential to act as robust preventive and promotive healthcare programmes. MHU can be leveraged for introducing innovative curative and preventive healthcare initiatives, aiming to improve specific health and nutrition indicators of key vulnerable groups like women, children and elderly,” shares Ms Archana Joshi, Director of Deepak Foundation.
Deepak Foundation has been running MHU projects in different geographies of the country. The initiative covers the disadvantaged groups in Dumri and Pirtand in Jharkhand,Talegaon near Pune, Roha and Aurangabad in Maharashtra; and Dahej, Halol, PaviJetpur, Kawant, Savli and Vadodara in Gujarat.
Deepak Foundation’s MHU is a unique approach in healthcare delivery for communities living in far-flung difficult-to-reach areas.


Deepak Foundation’s MHU is a unique approach in healthcare delivery for communities living in far-flung difficult-to-reach areas.
“Deepak Foundation is determined to contribute towards the attainment of universal health coverage by providing safe birthing services and affordable healthcare through its facilities and mobile health services,” asserts Dr Akash Lal, Deputy Director, Deepak Foundation. Health promotion and prevention plays a vital role in the strategic approach towards healthcare. In line with the National Health Policy 2017, Deepak Foundation’s healthcare activities are directed towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal-3. In near future, the Foundation plans to expand its services to other underserved and hard-to-reach areas of Jharkhand, he adds.
More than 3 lakh people are benefitted through the mobile health units of Deepak Foundation annually. MHU provides curative healthcare services for treating minor ailments and first-aid with the referral to complicated cases. It also includes the early detection of infectious and non-communicable diseases. MHU also offers services under maternal and child healthcare, treatment for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, skin infections etc. The mobile healthcare facility also holds awareness and counselling sessions on varied topics that include family planning, government schemes, healthy lifestyle, sanitation, personal hygiene, nutrition and prevention of infectious diseases.
“Mobile health unit is a key service strategy to reach the vulnerable and marginalised populations living in remote and areas with geographical barriers. The main goal is to achieve universal health coverage and reduce out of pocket expenditure by ensuring access to basic primary healthcare services for the underserved population”, says Shardul Acharya, incharge of Mobile Health Unit, Deepak Foundation.

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