For 15 years, a dedicated group of doctors has been running a health project in central India called Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS). In a country where many people have no access to healthcare, their hospital – which relies on grants and donations – serves a population of almost 1 million people in rural areas of Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh state. In reaching this marginalised population, the initiative performs a vital service. Despite years of high GDP growth, India has only six physicians for every 10,000 people and transport to hospitals can be expensive, with only 10% of buses run by the public sector. Malnutrition is a major concern – India is self-sufficient in grain production, yet 40% of people are underweight.
You can read more about the making of this video here: tompietrasik.com/2013/01/07/jss-india-public-healthcare-film/
This video appears on the The Guardian here: theguardian.com/global-development/video/2013/jan/07/india-healthcare-video?intcmp=122