Uluru Health Care Centre
Since 1998, The Uluru Health Care Centre has run a free primary health care service for more than 15,000 rural villagers around Alamparai in South India. The only service of its kind in the region, the Centre is staffed by a doctor and nursing staff from the local area, as well as several community social workers. Patients are able to access quality medical care, allowing them to be treated for a range of medical conditions which they may not otherwise afford to have treated. In addition, the Uluru medical team administers a range of health education and nutrition programs in the community, and is working to integrate psychosocial and mental health care into existing services.
24 hour ambulance service. A brand new van was recently donated to the Uluru Health Care Centre by the Rotary Club of Guam, USA. An ambulance service is something locals have been requesting for some time, as they currnetly lack access to emergency health care above what is provided during working hours at our clinic. Final alterations are currently being made to the vehicle, with the new service to commence shortly.
Referral service. The Uluru ambulance is soon to launch a referral service. Involving twice-weekly trips to Pondicherry for specialist consultation, the service will be targeted at aged members of community.
In the near future, the Uluru Heath Care Centre plans to expand its services to incorporate the following initiatives:
Clinic Extension. Plans for an extension of the Uluru Health Care Centre are in the final stages. The new facilities will include a Pathology Laboratory, Maternity Wing, Family Counselling Centre, and Traditional Medicine Centre (to be run in conjunction with Auroville).
Alcoholism prevention and treatment. There is currently a very high incidence of alcoholism in local fishing communities. This is associated with many other economic and social problems including domestic violence, gambling, reducing household incomes, increased debt, inter and intra community conflict, mental illness and suicide. TEWOAF’s community social workers are currently working with local youth and women’s groups to develop strategies aimed at addressing the problem of alcoholism.
Support Uluru Healthcare!
The Health Centre continues to be actively involved in the health care of that region and is run solely through donations made to TEWOAF in Australia and from around the world. TEWOAF is in need of constant funds to support the running costs and ensure the service continues to be offered free of charge to the people in the area. Please visit our donations page if you would like to help out or feel free to contact us for more information.
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