Patti Village Clinic
Began in 2010 | Patti, Uttarakhand, India
Supported by CFHI, the Patti Village Clinic is the sole source of healthcare for underserved populations living in the northwestern foothills of the Himalayas and serves as the connective link between the clinic and larger medical facilities for more than 3,000 patients. Without this clinic the nearest health services are accessible in the city of Dehradun, an overwhelming distance for many. Villagers from nearly 28 villages have developed a growing faith in the healthcare team and many often travel 4 to 5 hours on foot over rough terrain to seek primary care and pharmacological services. The clinic supports female health promoters who are chosen from the community and trained to provide primary health services and education in prevention and treatment of common and minor illnesses. It plays a major role in the prevention of water borne diseases and seasonal health problems and has motivated communities to adopt improved waste management techniques to support good health and hygiene and to be more receptive towards natural remedies and local medicinal plants. The Patti Clinic has slowly begun to restore the belief in indigenous medicine amongst villagers.
The Patti clinic is comprised of a local physician and his team. The clinic also arranges mobile health camps focused on hygiene, family planning, nutrition, maintaining vaccination records, and proper care of the elderly, as well as serving as a platform to support fundraising attempts for expensive treatments, surgeries and emergencies. However, rough terrain and unreliable roads remains a challenge to operating a successfully run health clinic and health outreach efforts.
By mid-2016, nearly 1,200 patients visited the clinic and 13 health outreach camps conducted. In 2015, the Patti Clinic served an estimated 3,020 patients, carried out 38 health outreach camps, and trained 6 female village health promoters to serve their communities within the northern Himalayan region of India.
Program participants of CFHI's Rural/Urban Himalayan Rotation and Intro to Traditional Medicine global health education programs have the opportunity to rotate alongside Dr. Paul and his team at the Patti Clinic, a unique opportunity to understand local health care setup and management in rural and resource limited areas and gain exposure to natural remedies and local medicinal plants.