Community Healthwork

Sambhavna believes in empowering the community and the individual to take control of its and their health.

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Community Healthwork

Sambhavna believes in empowering the community and the individual to take control of its and their health.

The eight community healthworkers at Sambhavna are the only ones of their kind in all Bhopal. The scope of their work is huge and includes the following activities:

Health & Healthcare Surveys

Door-to-door surveys in the affected communities to generate data on the demography, health and healthcare status of the residents, as well as their social, economic and environmental condition. Healthworkers also identify persons in need of special medical attention and ensure that this is made available either at the Sambhavna clinic or elsewhere.

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Sathyu Sarangi Co Founder of the Bhopal Medical Appeal talks about Ayurveda in the Community

TB Care & Health Education

Sambhavna pays special attention to the control of TB at a community level. Despite official knowledge regarding the unusually high prevalence of TB in the survivor population (over three times the national average) there are no official initiatives in this direction.

Sambhavna’s work in TB care consists mainly of education, identification of people with symptoms, supervision of treatment and constant health monitoring. Much of this work is shared by patient leaders- recovered TB patients in the community- who provide much effective inspiration and guidance.

Monitoring & House Visits

Monitoring the health of people receiving care at Sambhavna through house visits is an activity that distinguishes the Clinic from others. This is carried out in order to:

  • evaluate the quality of care and patient satisfaction
  • find out the efficacy of treatment (or its absence) among drop-outs
  • ensure compliance of treatment regimes

Covid-19 Awareness, Monitoring and Testing

During the coronavirus pandemic, Sambhavna's health team, along with a team of community volunteers, undertook a mass program of awareness raising, monitoring and testing to protect gas survivors from Covid-19. Read more about Bhopal's Community Shield here

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There are still over 100,000 people suffering from chronic illness as a direct result of the 1984 disaster and a third generation is now blighted by the ongoing water contamination. Our clinics are the only places where both groups of people can get free, first-class healthcare.

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