Health is wealth, as the old saying goes. Unfortunately, it is a lack of wealth that prevents many people from taking care of their health, especially those living in rural parts of India. This is caused by a lack of education, awareness and resources. That is why Jaipur Rugs Foundation (JRF) makes it a priority to focus on the well-being of artisans and their communities. Health camps are routinely organized throughout several villages where artisan communities are located.
As a result, JRF has successfully reached 18,549 beneficiaries through medical camps, which includes 47 successful cataract operations. This year, we expect 50 health camps to be conducted throughout various rural villages. According to surveys conducted within artisanal communities, a disproportionate amount of their income is spent on medical care. This is largely due to the lack of medical facilities in the villages, meaning that families often have to travel far distances in order to receive even basic care.
Doctors and other medical professionals visit these villages and provide checkups and life saving medication to underserved communities. Some of these villages are so remote that they lack access to drinking water and electricity, so healthcare is looked upon as a luxury. JRF understands that there is a dire need for healthcare in such areas. That is why all local villagers – not just artisans – are also welcome to the provisional clinics that are set up in the villages. JRF makes every effort to ensure that the maximum people benefit from their health camps. Therefore, before a medical camp is set up, a particular geographical area is identified in such a way that it is accessible by the most villagers.
This is followed by a need assessment to gauge the general medical condition of people within the community and to identify those with acute problems and diseases. JRF collaborates with various private hospitals to organize these health camps. The medical team normally includes a general physician, pediatrician, gynecologist, ENT and eye specialists, dentists and nurses. Medicines used are mostly sponsored by JRF, while the team of medical specialists is sent by hospitals.
JRF plans to take advantage Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana to provide health insurance to artisanal communities through artisan cards by the beginning of next year. Furthermore in Rajasthan, renowned private hospitals such as Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital are generating a list of below poverty line) patients and their case studies so that they can facilitate sponsors for treatments. We also plan to utilize the Bhamashah Swashtya Bima Yojana through bhamashah cards to extend access to medical aid for impoverished communities.
We also plan to identify about 100 people who need urgent medical treatment and link them with hospitals in order to facilitate their care. Furthermore, in Rajasthan, renowned private hospitals such as Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital in Jaipur are generating a list below poverty line patients in order to identify sponsors for treatments. JRF is also planning to utilize Bhamashah Swashtya Bima Yojana through bhamashah cards to extend access to medical aid for impoverished communities.
These are some of the ways in which JRF seeks to ensure the health and well-being of artisans and their family. Maintaining the health of artisans is of vital importance for the organization in order to provide a stable livelihood for the lowest income segments.