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Basic health is a function of nutritional intake, personal hygiene, sanitation & hasty environmental conditions including availability of safe drinking water & public goods like immunisation & preventive measures. One of the major problems confronting policy makers in India is the large proportion of population living in villages & remote rural areas where access to many of these services is limited to nil.
There are 12 million people in disadvantaged areas of Tamil Nadu, India for whom a balanced diet is still a dream. The official poverty line for villages in India still is Rs. 26 per person per day. They bear the brunt of poor sanitation, inadequate roads & commuting facilities & shortage of supply of potable water.
In India more than 70 crore people lack basic sanitation facilities & defecate in the open every day. Inadequate sanitation causes India considerable economic losses. Though investing in sanitation infrastructure involves a long project cycle but is important to understand that sanitation can act at different levels, protecting the household, the community & ‘society’.
On the other hand due to lack of education & consequent lack of awareness, these disadvantaged groups do not realise the significance of health impact of inadequate sanitation & neither are ready to accept the primary health benefits from improving sanitation. Thus, the overall aim of this project is
- To assess the extent of lack of availability of standard basic and primary health determining facilities
- To conduct meetings and awareness camps to instil need for wellness
- To screening camps for health status determination and assist in follow up
- To help in identifying sources of funding and need base provide assistance for start up ventures for providing basic needs especially safe drinking water and sanitation.
It will protect & promote human health by providing a clean environment & breaking the cycle of disease as sanitation is vital for human health & contributes to dignity & social development.