Healthcare at Anandwan
The medical activities for Leprosy patients began at Anandwan under a wall-less, thatched hut that served as an indoor clinic, with Baba Amte, freshly trained from the Calcutta School of Tropical medicine, serving as a leprologist. Soon realizing that this was insufficient, Baba walked for miles to neighboring areas providing cure and spreading awareness about Leprosy through trace and treat campaign. In 1971 Dr. Vikas, Baba's elder son, a leprologist and the current head of the Maharogi Sewa Samiti, joined Baba's indoor clinic at Anandwan, giving new impetus to its medical facilities. After him, Dr. Vijay Pole and Dr. Bharati Amte, senior leprologists expanded the spectrum of medical services to encompass not only leprosy care but also free treatment to rural poor. Thereafter, various nationally and internationally acclaimed medical professionals joined hands to add immense value in terms of variety of diagnostic and surgical camps conducted every year.
sita ratan leprosy hospital
Established in 1951, the Sita Ratan Leprosy Hospital consists of two, three-storied buildings and a dressing OPD. The hospital has a capacity of 115 beds with 75 beds in the female ward and 40 beds in the male ward. It is well-equipped with the modern modalities of treatment like an equipped operation theater, a laboratory, a digital X-ray unit, a physiotherapy unit, 2 dressing rooms, 2 patient wards, 2 dispensaries, 2 huge dining halls and an office.
Today nearly 30,000 patients are treated here on an annual basis. Over the last 50 years, nearly 9,00,000 leprosy patients have been treated or cured at this hospital. The entire support staff of the hospital including nurses, dressers and attendants, consists of cured leprosy patients.
shri shirdi sai baba hospital
Established in 1990, the Shirdi Sai Baba Hospital is a non-governmental, 60-bed general hospital that caters to the medical needs of the physically handicapped, blind, deaf-mute and non-leprosy residents of Anandwan. To benefit poor villagers from the surrounding areas the hospital offers routine health check-ups, medicines and laboratory facilities free of cost.
The hospital has an OPD, a laboratory, three well-equipped operation theatres and a unit for making special artificial limbs for patients needing prosthetic care. It is associated with The Kasturba Hospital, Sewagram, Wardha and refers cases for urgent surgical treatment and advanced medical investigation there. There also is a reputed Naturopathy, Allopathy and Yoga training center on the premises.
Various diagnostic and surgical camps like the Mega Cataract Surgery Camp, Reconstructive Surgery Camp etc. are held throughout the year at Anandwan. Thousands of people from the neighbouring districts and some even from neighbouring states attend these camps every year. All of these camps are conducted free of cost for the people.
Most diseases are preventable with timely doorstep knowledge imparted to poor. We are taking door-step mobile health museums to poor people for spreading information about preventable diseases, nutrition, insurance & rights which will substantially reduce disease burden.
We assess health behavior of poor people, especially school children through surveys. Then we deliver compact capsules of information about wrong habits, ideal health practices, nutrition and diseases in audio-visual format and interactive plays to people. We follow up with the participants, teachers, parents and local health department to assess disease reduction, changed habits and DALY (disability-adjusted life year). We also train science teachers and locals to be health leaders for knowledge propagation.
Timely, simplified information about the preventable diseases delivered to people can help the country take a great leap forward in arresting diseases.