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Healthcare and the lack of easy access to it prevent people from upward social and economic mobility in India. Healthcare facilities in India are difficult to access. Government hospitals, though technically free, are so overwhelmed by the incongruity between the massive population of patients and the deficiency of qualified medical staff that they cannot cope with the load. Rates of children suffering from under-nutrition in India remain high despite the economic growth. In India 20 per cent of children less than 5 years of age suffer from wasting due to acute under nutrition. More than one third of the world's children who are wasted live in India (UNICEF).
Under-nutrition is substantially higher in rural than in urban areas and is responsible for 35% of deaths among children under 5 and 11% of the total global disease burden. Under nutrition is often an invisible problem that jeopardizes children's survival, health, growth and development, and it slows national progress towards development goals. According to the World Health Organization, a majority of the top 10 causes of death in India are both treatable and preventable. Therefore, to supplement the effort of the Government, we are working to provide health care to people and improve the nutritional status of the children.
As a volunteer, you will be working with healthcare centres or community based organisations and tasks will include: - Catering to the healthcare and nutritional needs of the rural community. - Organising health camps; providing health and nutritional education to children, youth/adolescents and community. - Conducting community awareness; facilitate training and capacity building for the health workers, community mobilisers on preventive, curative and rehabilitative health intervention. - Conducting surveys; documentations; designing appropriate Information, Education and Communication materials on health and nutritional aspect.
The project is spread out across different regions in South India. Your project location could be in any one of the following locations: Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kundapur, Udupi, Mangalore, North Karnataka or Pondicherry.
Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 2 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
More information and other long-term positions in India: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-india
Short-term (2-3 weeks) projects in India: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-india
Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.
Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur by the first Monday of each month. The program will start with a week-long orientation.
After successful participation CADIP issues a certificate for the completed volunteer hours.
Duration: One Time Ongoing
Faculty: ALES (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences) All Faculties Arts Augustana Business Campus Saint-Jean Education Engineering Law Library and Information Studies Medicine and Dentistry Native Studies Nursing Pharmacy Public Health Rehabilitation Medicine Science
Location: Outside Canada
Contact:Name: Program coordinator
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