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Dhanga Baiga, a TB patient during a weekly out-patient clinic at the JSS outreach medical centre in Bamhni village.

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 provide a service for poor and marginalised rural communities in Bilaspur district in the eastern India.

The JSS operate out of a hospital in Ganiyari, near Bilaspur. Relying on grants and donations, the JSS provide a first-class service for a community that would otherwise rely on underfunded and poorly resourced government facilities. Though JSS hospital boasts 30 beds, two operating theatres, a fully-equipped lab and three outpatient clinics a week, the service provided by JSS is over-subscribed by a community of 800,000 people from 1,500 villages.

To address the malnutrition, the JSS offers training on new agricultural techniques. The JSS has a well established outreach program of village-clinics and employs over 100 village health workers serving 53 villages. They also operate an ambulance service and assist with transport costs for a community who's access to essential services has been undermined by the Chhattisgarh government's decision to completely disinvest in public transport.

Continually exposed to illnesses associated with malnutrition and poverty including tuberculosis and rheumatic heart disease, the doctors at JSS are tireless advocates for universal healthcare and focus resources upon the three-quarters of India's population (over 800 million people) who live on less than 20 Rupees (50 US cents) a day.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Chhattisgarh, India.
March 2010
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DOCTORS & HOSPITAL CARE IN RURAL INDIA, PORTRAITS
Dhanga Baiga, a TB patient during a weekly out-patient clinic at the JSS outreach medical centre in Bamhni village. <br />
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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 provide a service for poor and marginalised rural communities in Bilaspur district in the eastern India.<br />
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The JSS operate out of a hospital in Ganiyari, near Bilaspur. Relying on grants and donations, the JSS provide a first-class service for a community that would otherwise rely on underfunded and poorly resourced government facilities. Though JSS hospital boasts 30 beds, two operating theatres, a fully-equipped lab and three outpatient clinics a week, the service provided by JSS is over-subscribed by a community of 800,000 people from 1,500 villages. <br />
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To address the malnutrition, the JSS offers training on new agricultural techniques. The JSS has a well established outreach program of village-clinics and employs over 100 village health workers serving 53 villages. They also operate an ambulance service and assist with transport costs for a community who's access to essential services has been undermined by the Chhattisgarh government's decision to completely disinvest in public transport. <br />
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Continually exposed to illnesses associated with malnutrition and poverty including tuberculosis and rheumatic heart disease, the doctors at JSS are tireless advocates for universal healthcare and focus resources upon the three-quarters of India's population (over 800 million people) who live on less than 20 Rupees (50 US cents) a day. <br />
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Photo: Tom Pietrasik<br />
Chhattisgarh, India. <br />
March 2010