PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
Today, the Adivasi Hospital is one of the most sought after hospital in the Gudalur valley, not only by the tribals but also by the non-tribals of the local area. Patients are brought from distant villages by ambulance and good quality care is given.
Sickle Cell Centre
The Gudalur Adivasi Hospital began conducting an epidemiological assessment of sickle cell disease using a combination of the sodium metabisulphite test and the confirmatory hemoglobin electrophoresis.
After realising a need for more concentrated efforts towards ensuring special education for persons with disability, decided to extend its community based health care services.
SCHOOL OF NURSING
Tribal girls are constantly trained and their skills are upgraded to keep up with the growth of the programme.
The mobile outreach services visit the villages on a regular basis. 246 visits were made and 9943 patients seen.
Many students from universities abroad, CMC Vellore, TISS Mumbai and other colleges spend time at ASHWINI
Health Animators visit the adivasi villages regularly – often situated at the midst of forests.
( Association for health welfare in the Nilgiris)
A health program for the people by the people
ASHWINI is a registered charitable society established in 1990.Its primary objective is to establish an accessible, effective and sustainable health system that is owned by the community. We believe that empowering communities through a participatory development process builds capacity and culminates in community owned and managed institutions. Ownership of institutions that cater to the mainstream population is a powerful tool in bringing about a change in social equations. The program addresses the needs of more than 20000 Adivasis spread over 320 hamlets in the Gudalur Valley of the Nilgiri hills in South India. This particularly vulnerable tribal community, having lost access to the forests and an entire way of life, were on the edge of being decimated by poverty, malnutrition and disease. The health program started with training health workers to address the critical health needs of the mothers and children. This has, over the years grown to a 50 bedded hospital, The Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, 8 Area-Centres and health volunteers in over 200 hamlets. The training programs also evolved and today we have a formal nursing school. Most importantly, most of the management of ASHWINI is in the hands of the tribal community.