We approach health in its complete sense according to Indian tradition, with people in the environment concept with adequate levels of health and wellbeing. We pay equal respect to modern schools of health also. Sevabharathi has many hospitals, care homes, and community health projects run by our member organisations across the state. Moreover, many medical practitioners and health professionals are among our office bearers and volunteers to guide us through the right approach towards health. Our community health services, run by affiliated organizations, have grassroots networks and have served the helpless and the needy for the last three decades.
With the mission of supporting the needy during hours of crisis, we have been providing ambulance services across Kerala since the year of our inception. Corporate and individual donors have supported our units with ambulance vehicles, which is gratefully acknowledged hereby. To ensure an efficient ground service, our units maintain ambulances and provide services on their own.We currently have about #80# ambulance vehicles, including ICU ambulances, in the state. We currently provide ambulance services in all of the state's medical colleges and general hospitals. All the ambulances are operating with a not-for-profit motive and are supporting the poor and marginalised people with priority. Our ambulance service during Covid-19 got widespread appreciation from various segments of society and authorities for our selfless service. Ambulances help our work in the fields of health and disaster management greatly.
The world witnessed the endless need for ambulance services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disaster fronts also need ambulance support towards timely rescue and transportation of the affected to healthcare facilities. With Kerala being prone to natural disasters, an increased number of ambulances needs to be integrated into our disaster response system with immediate focus. We are focusing on increasing our ambulance presence in all the hospitals and major public places in Kerala shortly.
At any given time, it is estimated that 0.3% of the population (or 60% of all those who die) will require some form of palliative care. With a death rate of 7.48 per 1000 and a population of 1.21 billion, India loses over nine million people each year. Thus, the total number of people in India who require palliative care is estimated to be 5.4 million per year. Additionally, the country has a sizable population of patients living with advanced non-communicable diseases who require palliative care. At any given time, India is estimated to have more than 2 million cancer patients. There are approximately the same number of patients with other, mostly incurable diseases such as AIDS, progressive neurological, cardiac, and respiratory diseases, and others. With India's population rapidly ageing, the elderly and terminally ill will have the greatest need for palliative care. If Palliative Care is available, the majority of the elderly and those with advanced chronic diseases can be relieved of their suffering.
Despite the fact that more than 85 percent of deaths occur following a period of prolonged illness, disability, and suffering, less than 2% of India's population has access to pain management and palliative care. Access to holistic care that is patient-centred rather than disease-focused is estimated to benefit 5.4 million people in India each year. However, the barriers to its growth are numerous and include not only base-level factors such as population density, poverty, and workforce development but also limited national policies and a lack of institutional interest in palliative care. Sanjeevan's mission is to provide community-based home care for incurably and terminally ill individuals, chronically bedridden individuals, and the elderly, addressing their physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. The concept is to empower residents to care for patients at home, with the assistance of home care teams and trained health care professionals. It entails educating the community and providing palliative care training to all stakeholders, including residents, volunteers, social workers, police officers, physicians, nurses, and primary care health care providers. Connections to established medical facilities facilitate the establishment of patient-centred home care programmes. Empowering communities to address their own health issues results in an inclusive, self-sustaining model that has been shown to work even in socioeconomically and educationally backward communities such as rural Puducherry. The model's scalability and reproducibility are critical in setting an example for the rest of India. Sanjeevan has achieved extraordinary results in Puducherry over the last four years, covering 150 villages and caring for 1,560 patients with the assistance of 1,800 trained volunteers. Within the next five years, we hope to cover the entire state, mainstreaming the activity to include general health care and financial sustainability.
The project was inaugurated by the Honorable Kerala Governor, Shri Arif Mohammed Khan, on September 2, 2021. The project will officially begin operations on October 2nd (Gandhi Jayanthi Day). The proposed activity will provide services such as doctor consultation and diagnosis, distribution of free medications, and medical services via the AROGYAYAN mobile medical van. Currently, the service is provided in five locations (five medical camps per month) and covers fifteen tribal villages per month.
It is expected to increase patients' ability to self-manage their conditions, improve their quality of life, and reduce the number of emergency hospital visits for minor ailments. The family's health expenditures will be reduced as a result of early intervention. This will enable people to live healthier and longer lives in a cost-effective and sustainable manner, with access to high-quality health care. The project is focused on tribal patients. The project aims to improve health services for 15 tribal communities spread across 25 panchayats in the Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, and Pathanamthitta districts. Within a year, the project hopes to educate over 2500 villagers about health.