Our goal is to ensure the rural poor population has access to healthcare, raising awareness of healthy habits and making sure that affordable, quality health services are available through either the public system or the RDT-Vicente Ferrer institutional and community healthcare networks.
Although a lot has changed since 1969, when RDT-Vicente Ferrer began implementing nutritional programs in Anantapur, India, There is still a sufficient amount of progress that needs to be made in terms of the prevention and education of infectious diseases like HIV and Tuberculosis. Recurring droughts and decreased purchasing power result in low nutrition levels and a high incidence of anemia. Due to poor communication facilities, a still underdeveloped healthcare infrastructure, and unqualified local practitioners, the population does not have adequate access to good health care services. Most rural areas still have subpar access to drinking water and sanitation systems. The gender inequality inherent in certain social practices, such as early marriage, decreased healthcare for women, nutritional deficiencies and selective birth of male children, leads to health problems for half the population. And there is still much to do in terms of infectious diseases like HIV and tuberculosis.
What we do:
- Work to improve the health of mothers and children, combat infectious disease (HIV, tuberculosis…), and improve general medicine through a network of 3 general hospitals and 20 rural health clinics.
- Improve the nutritional status of disadvantaged people (children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, the elderly and tribal groups).
- Prevention and awareness.
- Combine western and alternative medicines (homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture).