Tribal Health Initiative views health as a state of mental, social and economic well-being and not the mere absence of disease. Our health interventions go beyond merely providing curative and preventive medical services. We see our farming and craft initiatives as being directly connected to maintaining health and well-being in the communities we serve. This is supported by the Educational Initiative, Thulir .
Broadly speaking, activities at THI include the following:
We run a 40-bed secondary level hospital which admits patients with medical, surgical and obstetric problems. The hospital serves as a base for our health outreach programme.
Our health outreach programme provides simple curative, preventive and ambulance services to 33 villages in the Sittilingi valley and the Kalrayan Hills. This programme caters to a tribal population of 16000 tribals.
Our Farming Initiative aims to enable farmers to practice economically and ecologically sound agriculture. We have 500 farmers now doing wholly organic agriculture. A Women Entrepreunership Society helps to strengthen the women economically.
The Craft Initiative enables local Lambadi women to become economically self-reliant while preserving their traditional embroidery. Their products are sold under the brand name Porgai, which means ‘pride’ in their dialect.