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Physicians are the natural attorneys of the poor.
Ganiyari Outpatient Clinic
Since 2000, JSS has run a Referral Health Centre between the villages of Ganiyari and Beltukri in Takhatpur block. The centre houses an outpatient clinic with a low-cost pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory and X-ray and ultrasound facilities. We also have a Ward with 70 beds and 2 major and 1 minor Operation Theatres where high-quality surgical services have been provided till present date to more than 18,000 patients at a very low cost. The clinic has provided over 500,000 consultations at an extremely low cost to patients drawn from nearly 2000 villages of Bilaspur and other neighbouring districts.
Rural Outreach Clinics
Every week, we run three outreach clinics with a full team of doctors, laboratory and pharmacy staff in three different sub-centres located up to 60 km away from Ganiyari. Catering to isolated forest and forest-fringe villages, our clinics serve many people belonging to the Baiga tribe, a marginalized group often left out of modern services. Our sub-centre clinics retain many of the laboratory testing capabilities and medications available through the referral hospital. At the sub-centres, individuals can access both acute and chronic care for a number of conditions and, if necessary, be referred to the hospital at Ganiyari for a higher level of medical care.
Village Health Program
Since the organisation’s inception, JSS has also been running a Village Health Programme, which provides preventive and curative services with the help of 110 village health workers (VHWs) in 54 tribal and forest-related villages of Kota and Lormi blocks of Bilaspur district. Selected by their respective villages, the VHWs are regularly trained at JSS in preventative and curative services for conditions including diarrhea, upper respiratory tract and ear infections, pneumonia, skin infections, and malaria. In addition, VHWs are involved in community-based initiatives targeting undernutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis. They serve as key actors in the surveillance and control of such diseases.
JSS undertakes a variety of other activities, including village Phulwari: Rural creches; the development of low-cost medical technology, technical training and resource activities; field, laboratory, and clinic based investigations into tuberculosis, malaria, childhood pneumonia, and diarrhoea; and the promotion of organic and sustainable methods of agriculture. While providing complex care to patients of all ages with a broad diversity of medical and surgical problems, we at JSS strive to situate each patient in the broader social context of the marginalized tribal region of Chhattisgarh we serve. Through our innovative clinical care model, research, and advocacy work, we hope to show that low-cost, high quality community-based health care systems are possible even in the most resource-poor settings.
The Inpatient Ward at Ganiyari consists of 70 beds and includes a fully functioning mixed adult and pediatric Intensive Care Unit with ventilator, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a chemotherapy ward, a tuberculosis (TB) ward, a Labor and Delivery Ward, and two wards dedicated to acute and chronic medical and surgical problems.
Operating Theatre Complex
JSS runs three major operation theatres in addition to a labour room. Conducting around 40 minor and 30 major surgeries a week, we have provided effective low-cost surgeries to over 10,000 patients since opening in June 2001.
The Laboratory at JSS ensures rapid diagnostic services to both outpatients and inpatients, as well as to the mobile clinics and village health programme. Staffed by qualified technicians and equipped with modern devices, JSS is able to conduct many tests on campus and often returns results the same day. The lab also develops and produces its own appropriate technology and serves as a blood storage facility.
Low Cost Pharmacy
JSS has one of the lowest priced pharmacies in the region. We utilize essential and generic drugs, promote rational prescription of medicine, and dramatically lower costs of therapy for our patients.
Thanks to Tom Pietrasik for photographs of JSS