Rural Karnataka Gets Shot in the Arm with Art of Living Health Camps

Bangalore, India
7th April 2015
More than 1,500 resident of twenty-three villages across Hosadurga  taluk  in Chittradurga district in Karnataka thronged into medical camps held by the Art of Living on the occasion of World Health Day.
47 doctors from the organization’s Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science & Research Hospital (SSCASRH), Bangalore teamed up with dozens of trained volunteers.

Organised by the Sri Sri Grameen Swasthya Yojana, the camps offered free diagnosis and treatment, while the free medicines were supplied by the Sri Sri Ayurveda pharmaceutical division.

Addressing the gathering at the inaugural, Mr. Govindappa, MLA, Hosadurga, assured administrative assistance in reaching the free medical camp initiative to all the villages in the taluk and  said, "Ayurveda is essential to keep physically and mentally fit.“

The initiative was supported by  50 Yuvacharyas (youth- leaders) who underwent specialized training for the occasion at the Art of Living International Centre at Bengaluru. The day saw enthusiastic participation from the villagers.

 Mr. Aravind Nagasayanan, Programme Co-ordinator , The Art of Living , observed, “60% of mortality in India is caused by improper lifestyle and nutrition. Our vision is to invite corporates to partner with us in addressing this alarming issue.
Explaining the rationale behind organizing the medical camps, Nagaraj Gangolli, State Project Director, said, "Our mission is to bring water, health and prosperity to each and every village. We are kick-starting this initiative with medical camps in 23 villages, and aim to pursue it up in mission-mode, just as we are doing in the case of the Vedavathi (River Rejuvenation) Project.

The Swasthya Yojana Scheme envisions tying up with CSR to deliver sustained health care through treatment as well as prevention of disease, backed up by free medicines and health-awareness programmes that enable rural communities to take responsibility for their health, hygiene and well-being.

A key feature is the training and deployment of local, rural youth to drive and sustain the Yojana. Workshops are conducted to help the rural populace overcome dependency on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.

A unique mobile app helps capture patient records , follow- up activities and real time monitoring, while periodic impact-assessment helps ensure efficient and efficacious outcomes.