The very famous statement “Health is wealth” is not just a meaningless statement. Good health means happiness, comfort and a burden free life. It is the most important thing in life we should care of. But we most often ignore our health in our day to day lives and only care when we fall ill. Sometimes we only notice our deteriorating health when it becomes severe.
It is also true that all is not the person’s fault all the time. In India, especially in the rural areas and among the poor urban dwellers, healthcare facilities are still lagging behind. India has made rapid strides in the health sector since independence. However, according to NFHS access to healthcare still remains a challenge.While the health statistics of rural India continue to be poor, the health status and access to health for the poor in urban slum dwellers has surfaced to be equally deplorable and have less than 4% of government primary healthcare facilities. In the rural areas there are a number of obstacles for the people to get the access of healthcare like distance from the village to the health centre, problem of transportation, lack of doctors, superstition, poverty, etc. While in the urban areas, the slum dwellers and the poor do not have access to good healthcare facilities because they cannot afford it or they ignore it since they do not want to miss a day of their labor and earning.
Tare Zameen Foundationhas been making efforts to educate people about various diseases; their causes and ways of prevention by conducting awareness programmes. It has conducted awareness programmes on cancer, HIV/AIDS, leprosy and various other critical diseases. It also has organized health camps not only to provide free health checkups but also to understand the severity of illnesses in a particular society or community and to encourage the people to go for regular health checkups.
The organization also conducts awareness programmes on menstrual health since a lot of women do not have the proper knowledge about it. The organization also has distributed sanitary napkins in the unprivileged and underprivileged areas for women since many women cannot afford them or have a misconception towards them.