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Reproductive Child Health outreach camps, Tamil Nadu
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Subject Area="Access to service and coverage." Objective="Improved outreach services."
Details for Reform Option "Reproductive Child Health outreach camps, Tamil Nadu"
Summary

Action: Outreach camps are held on a fixed day of the month at the Health Sub Centre to provide Ante Natal (AN) care and child care. Mothers and children are given basic health check-ups and advice on diet and basic healthcare. Pregnant women are encouraged to undergo an institutional delivery and high-risk cases are identified and referred to Primary Health Centres (PHCs) or hospitals. The camps are staffed by: One lady doctor One Village Health Nurse (VHN) One educator One laboratory technician. Each pregnant woman is given a book in which their AN care is recorded. Results: Each outreach camp records the numbers who attend; the numbers who receive AN care; the numbers referred; the number of contraception/sterilisation offered; lab tests done.

Cost Each camp costs approximately INR 300 to 400 (serving an average population of about 4,000 people). Initially funded under the RCH1 scheme which gave INR 2 lakh and INR 2,000 per block per month.
Place Tamil Nadu since 1997.
Time Frame One month: Government Order. One month: District micro plan.
Advantages

Accessibility: Provides services to those who cannot afford the time or money to travel to a PHC. Systematic: Always held on the same day of the month (eg the first Tuesday) so patients can easily remember.

Challanges

None perceived.

Prerequisites

Availability of a team to travel to the camp.

Who needs to be consulted

State Government health services departments. VHNs.

Risks

Sustainability

Requires funding.

Chances of Replication

It is a simple, effective idea for extending coverage but requires adequate funding.

Comments

None.

Contact

Submitted By

Clare Kitchen, Research Consultant, ECTA, New Delhi. September 2004.

Status Active
Reference Files
PROD79.jpg Women queuing at a RCH outreach camp at Thimmarasanaickanur Sub-centre, Madurai district.(15 September, 2004)
PROD79-1.jpg Medical Officer checking a pregnant lady’s blood pressure at RCH outreach camp, Thimmarasanaickanur Sub-centre, Madurai district
PROD79-2.jpg Block Extension Educator speaks to women at Thimmarasanaickanur RCH outreach camp, Theni District
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