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Rural Medical Services

 

The Rural Medical Services program began in 1999 as the Mobile Medical Unit that traveled through the remote villages of northeast India. A Community Medicine doctor, Dr. Hari Babu, led this team and has treated more than 130,000 patients who suffered from a variety of illnesses and diseases since that time. Today Rural Medical Services is managed by the staff at Shanti Bhavan Medical Center. RMS medical teams travel 3 days a week to the outer remote villages. Patients who are in critical need are brought to hospital for immediate care.

Teaching, Sharing and Caring

The Rural Medical Services team helps meet the medical needs of the impoverished villagers located in and around the 6,000 remote communities near the hospital. This team also looks to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of these underprivileged people groups by offering counseling and spiritual guidance. They spend time with people in each community teaching them life skills and educating them on the following:

 

  • Malnutrition
  • Sanitation Practices
  • Mosquito Prevention
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Physical and Emotional Abuse
  • Dental Care
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Prenatal Care
  • Children’s Health-Immunizations
  • Dangers and Prevention of common diseases like Malaria, Tuberculosis, Cholera, and Typhoid