Doctor at School Program
In 2010-11: In the year 2010-11, we conducted 23 school-based medical “camps”, screened 4917 children, and provided free treatment to 1565 children who required it. Through our experience and a thorough analysis of the data collected we have concluded that these medical camps are sufficient as a short-term solution but in order to promote long-term wellness we believe that a more consistent approach is necessary and that is how the Doctor-at-School program evolved.
The Doctor at School program aimed at connecting at least one doctor (General Physician or Paediatrician) to one government school located in an area of their preference. Along with a doctor, a team of 3-4 volunteers and a hospital/clinic for specialist attention are also connected to the school. Volunteers assist the doctor in organizing the screening follow up treatments and to deliver awareness sessions. While the doctor does the initial screening and the volunteers do the follow-up with medicines and treatments, the program doesn’t end here. In the Doctor at School model, the doctor continues to visit the school at least twice a month throughout the academic year, so that children have continuous access to a doctor.
In 2012-13: Having successfully undertaken a pilot of Doctor at School the previous year, this year, it was time to explore the greater potential of this program. We set a target of reaching out to 50 government school under this program.For the academic year 2012-13, 45 voluntary doctors, 20 voluntary hospitals & 300 on-medical volunteers ensured that 7906 children across 50 schools received access to quality healthcare.
In 2013-14: This year, we plan to undertake this effort by keeping the Government Primary Health Centre (PHC) at as the focal point of our program in the year 2013-14, not only to be able to reach out to more schools, but also to empower the existing system to efficiently cater to the healthcare needs of school-going children.
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