HEALTH & NUTRITION

Improving access to primary healthcare services through Mobile Health Van (MHV) for vulnerable and marginalised children, youth and community

Mobile health van (MHV) clinics represent an untapped resource for our health system. It is an approach that reaches the unreached and provides a welcoming, practical pathway to seeking healthcare in a timely manner. Through MHV, medical services are provided free of charge through mobile health vehicles, besides enabling referrals, providing free medicines, and conducting follow-ups. BUDS MHV fills gaps in the health safety net as a long-standing community-based service delivery model, reaching socioeconomically defined populations in both urban and rural areas

  • Medical Treatment Services : A team of qualified doctors provided primary care treatment, addressing general health concerns and providing necessary prescriptions and medicines. 
  • Health Education: Children were educated about the importance of vaccinations, hygiene practices, and disease prevention measures. children were provided with informative sessions on topics such as nutrition, health & hygiene and common diseases.
  • Referrals and Follow-ups: Patients requiring specialized care or further investigations were referred to appropriate healthcare facilities, and follow-up appointments were scheduled. 
  • Health Counselling : Counselling facilities provided through mobile health van

In order to provide access to primary healthcare to vulnerable and marginalized communities in Delhi – NCR, BUDS has put in place “My Doctor on Wheels”, a custom-fabricated mobile medical care van. In the van, a doctor, a counselor and a para-medical worker (pharmacist) visit the different project sites to provide basic health care services. The clinical services offered include:

  • pediatric medical care
  • emergency care
  • counseling services
  • gynecology, sexual and reproductive
  • health treatment of gastrointestinal and respiratory
  • infection referral services

The mobile clinic team is supported by community social and outreach workers. Peer educators conduct community mobilization, promote access to services, provide nutrition education, distribute IEC materials and follow-up with families. With the support of the district health department, community health outlets provided vaccination to children 0-5 year old and pregnant women. In the last 3 year, more than 720 camps have been conducted benefiting close to 1,53,367 community members.

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