Not-for-profitYear launched: 1970 and Before
Country of Operation
- Primary care
SummaryThe Jamkhed Model implemented by CRHP is designed to operate on a multi-sectored approach to health and development. The three components of the model encompass Village Health Workers, the Mobile Health Team, and the on-campus Julia Hospital and Training Center.
Goals and Objectives
- To continue to be a globally applicable model of viable primary and rational secondary health care.
- To train and educate Village Health Workers in the fundamentals of proper dental care and hygiene, as well as how to recognize oral diseases that require the attention of a Mobile Health Team worker or dentist.
- To conduct awareness campaigns in the villages so that people understand the importance of dental hygiene.
- To subsidize basic dental care products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, and distribute them to villages in an effort to promote good oral health, for a period of one year.
- To acquire essential medical equipment such as needed to establish an adequate dental care center.
Key program components
The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 by Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole to bring healthcare to the poorest of the poor, CRHP has become an organization that empowers people to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development. CRHP works by mobilizing and building the capacity of communities to achieve access to comprehensive development and freedom from stigma, poverty and disease.
CRHP's approach to development, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the Jamkhed Model, is a community-based model with three mutually supportive components.
1. Village Health Workers
CRHP works with villages to conduct a baseline survey to address needs and solutions. A Village Health Worker (VHW) is selected at this time by her village to undergo initial and ongoing education with CRHP to provide primary healthcare and promote health education in her village. The VHW is key to the formation of Community Groups, such as the Farmers' Clubs, Women's Self-Help Groups (SHG) and Adolescent Programs. These groups provide villagers an outlet with which to identify socioeconomic and healthcare barriers, thereby defining the parameters for applicable solutions.
2. CRHP's Mobile Health Team (MHT)
CRHP's Mobile Health Team (MHT) then acts as a liaison between each project village and CRHP. The MHT is a team of social workers and medical staff that conduct village visits to assist VHWs in more complicated matters, as well as collect vital statistics for healthcare monitoring. The social workers advise on social and economic initiatives led by the Women's SHG, and meet regularly with Farmers' Clubs, and Adolescent groups.
3. Hospital and Training Center
The Julia Hospital and Training Center located on CRHP's Jamkhed compound connects the communities with CRHP's campus. The hospital provides affordable healthcare to an underserved rural population of over 500,000 annually using a sliding scale fee structure.
The Training Center hosts domestic and international grassroots workers to demonstrate the effectiveness of CRHP's approach to development in an applicable and scalable manner. CRHP currently works with 45 Project Villages and 55 Village Health Workers. CRHP has worked with over 300 villages since it was founded.
Scale: 500,000 in Maharastra annually
- Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP)Not-for-profit
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