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A recently graduated Dr Abishek, who is on placement with the JSS hospital in Ganiyari, trains village health workers on how to administer anti-rabies treatment for a man (not in photo) bitten by a dog. Rabies is a relatively common disease in rural Chhattisgarh but treatment is rarely administered. Many lives have been saved by the speedy diagnosis of rabies by JSS village health workers. These women are among one hundred village health workers who provide a frontline service for the JSS. They are selected by their home villages. They must be prepared to visit each and every household in their village regardless of the caste of religion of the family residing there. ..The JSS (Jan Swasthya Sahyog or People's Health Support Group) is a public-health initiative established in 1996 by a handful of committed doctors all of whom trained at elite medical schools in India. While many of their peers secured high profile, high earning posts in premier hospitals in India, the US and the UK, the doctors at JSS have focussed their medical expertise on providing a service for poor and marginalised rural communities in Bilaspur district in the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Relying on grants and private donations, the doctors at JSS pay themselves only Rs.20,000 (US$500) a month...The JSS operate out of a hospital in Ganiyari, 25km from the main district town of Bilaspur. The JSS provide a first-class medical service for a community that would otherwise rely on underfunded and poorly resourced government facilities. Though the hospital at Ganiyari boasts 30 beds, two operating theatres, a fully-equipped lab and three outpatient clinics every week, the service provided by JSS is over-subscribed by a community totaling 800,000 people from 1,500 villages. ..To address the malnutrition that is so widespread among the population they serve, the JSS offers training on new agricultural techniques. The JSS has a well established outreach program of village-clinics and employs over 1
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DOCTORS & HOSPITAL CARE IN RURAL INDIA
A recently graduated Dr Abishek, who is on placement with the JSS hospital in Ganiyari, trains village health workers on how to administer anti-rabies treatment for a man (not in photo) bitten by a dog. Rabies is a relatively common disease in rural Chhattisgarh but treatment is rarely administered. Many lives have been saved by the speedy diagnosis of rabies by JSS village health workers. These women are among one hundred village health workers who provide a frontline service for the JSS. They are selected by their home villages. They must be prepared to visit each and every household in their village regardless of the caste of religion of the family residing there. ..The JSS (Jan Swasthya Sahyog or People's Health Support Group) is a public-health initiative established in 1996 by a handful of committed doctors all of whom trained at elite medical schools in India. While many of their peers secured high profile, high earning posts in premier hospitals in India, the US and the UK, the doctors at JSS have focussed their medical expertise on providing a service for poor and marginalised rural communities in Bilaspur district in the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Relying on grants and private donations, the doctors at JSS pay themselves only Rs.20,000 (US$500) a month...The JSS operate out of a hospital in Ganiyari, 25km from the main district town of Bilaspur. The JSS provide a first-class medical service for a community that would otherwise rely on underfunded and poorly resourced government facilities. Though the hospital at Ganiyari boasts 30 beds, two operating theatres, a fully-equipped lab and three outpatient clinics every week, the service provided by JSS is over-subscribed by a community totaling 800,000 people from 1,500 villages. ..To address the malnutrition that is so widespread among the population they serve, the JSS offers training on new agricultural techniques. The JSS has a well established outreach program of village-clinics and employs over 1