Most tribal settlements in India are located in some of the most remote regions of the country. Most of the villages do not have access to basic amenities.
Inadequate healthcare infrastructure results in deaths owing to preventable diseases like Malaria, dysentery, typhoid, jaundice, and tuberculosis. Malnutrition and occurrences of sickle-cell anaemia are especially pervasive amongst the tribals of Bastar.
A young Gond woman suffering with last stages of sickle cell anemia
Lack of personal hygiene, poor sanitation, inadequate mother-child health services, absence of health education, and lack of national preventive programs result in overall poor health of tribal people in Bastar.
Nutritional deficiency leads to diseases like endemic goiter, anemia, pellagra and beriberi.
A young boy suffering with malnutrition and anemia
Maternal and infant mortality rate tends to be high due to unhygienic conditions and lackadaisical attitude of the tribals in seeking appropriate health care. Since adequate medical facilities are extremely uncommon in these regions, they are faced with the hard choice of traveling 20-30 kms to seek treatment or ensuring their families are taken care of.
In the absence of basic medical facilities, the locals rely on traditional medicine or inappropriate tribal practices to rid them of illnesses at times which make it excessively difficult for health workers to convince them to seek medical help in cases of emergencies.
A comparison between National average for Healthcare Infrastructure Vs Bastar
To address the critical healthcare gap in Bastar, Rest Of My Family’s Rural Healthcare Project has been active in the region since July 2017.