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PROJECTS | India | Silvarpatti Community Health Project
 
Vilpatti Village Project | Silvarpatti Community Health Project | Nilaitha Velaan Kuzhumam | Shelter, Protection, Education and Development for Youth | HIV/AIDS Awareness
 

Silvarpatti is a drought prone rural area in Tamil Nadu, where ICT India built a hospital and initiated a preventive health programme in 1996. Silvarpatti Community Health Project (SCHP) initially covered 26 villages with a span of 15km and a population of 11,000. SCHP offers a whole range of primary health care, outreach work and education. In addition to inpatient facilities, the centre conducts training in basic first aid measures, immunisation programmes, training for traditional birth attendants and AIDS awareness programmes. And, as many health problems in this region were associated with the lack of access to potable water, SCHP installed bore wells and pumps in local villages.

More recently, SCHP was extended to an additional 11 more villages with a total population 7000, including 1850 direct beneficiaries. In addition to the extension of much needed basic services, SCHP has expanded its project work to include public participation in communication technology to bring information, power, and prosperity to the most vulnerable villagers (mostly women) in a remote and seriously deprived area of rural South India. The project extension takes advantage of the inter-village goodwill, created by past project work, to incorporate empowerment and advocacy into the project. ICT-SEEDS helps the most vulnerable villagers to organise themselves to promote gender equality, improve health standards and expect a better quality of life. Economic needs have been further addressed in the project extension through the incorporation of income generation schemes, which increase family income.

SCHP now covers its own running costs. ICT continues to partner with ICT-SEEDS to implement specific piece of work within SCHP; e.g., the income generation projects mentioned above were supported by ICT through a one off grant .

Silvarpatti Health Centre - Immunisation

Silvarpatti Health Centre - Baby Care
 
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