The Community Health Department of Believers Church Medical College Hospital caters to the rural community of Konni, Urban community of Thiruvalla and the tribal community in Adichipuzha,Ranny. The programme is carried out with active community participation through local self-helpgroups.
Outreach Community Clinics
With the support of the community and the local health volunteers regular clinics are organized in the field practice areas at different locations on a regular basis. Basic health care services are provided through these Clinics.
Health Education programs
Health education programs are organized in Thiruvalla and Konni field practice area of Urban Health training Centre and Rural Health Training Centre every fortnight. The programs stress that Health is not merely the absence of disease but a combination of physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Community based Health Awareness programs are organized to spread the right knowledge about the diseases and to avoid discriminating people with diseases e.g. AIDS awareness campaigns, Non Communicable disease awareness campaigns among self-help groups, Exercise promotion campaigns among villagers.
School Health Services
The department of community medicine organizes regular health education sessions on Adolescent health, Infectious diseases, Life style diseases, First aid classes, Disaster Management, Healthy behaviours, Dental hygiene, Training for care givers of special children , school age being the time when a child start developing healthy attitudes and practices. The health awareness and demonstration of correct practices for better health can very well be implemented effectively at this age.
Health Check up's for Children
Medical check-up is only the initial step in a great scheme of progress which involves the improvement of not only the physical but the mental and moral development of the children. Health check-ups are conducted regularly at Orphanages, Schools & Anganwadis. Health check-up s includes Pre-screening of students for height, weight, skin, eye, dental, cardiac, caries, oral lesions, facial deformities, etc.
- General Medical camps
Are organized twice every month in needy areas to deliver the services of the hospital to the community. Patients who need tertiary care are referred to the parent hospital for further treatment.
- Special Medical camps
Are organized for those communities who are in need of a particular health service like Cardiology camps, Ophthalmologic camps, Surgery camps, Oncology camps and so on.
- Screening camps for special groups
Special groups who are at risk of specific diseases are identified and screening camps are conducted. Health promotional and curative activities are carried out for the special groups. An ongoing cancer screening camp is being conducted for the Kerala police force to identify particular cancers and other non-communicable diseases.
- Special Camps for disabled children
We see a person’s disability with our eyes. But our interaction tells us the person has an extra power –‘divyaang’. Health check-up for special children is an initial step to begin the long term alliance for divyaangs. Health check ups and training for care givers of special children are organized in the special schools linked with us.
Community Health Needs Assessment
The needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs between current conditions and desired conditions. The purpose is to guide health volunteers to identify the real and felt need of the community.
The present community gives more preference for monetary gains rather than understanding the real needs and issues in community .This program focus on social mapping methodology to identify the felt needs related to health through community participatory approach.
Community Health Volunteers
Community volunteers form an integral part of the Dept. of Community Medicine. A community volunteer is a lady with a zeal to spare time and energy for the community who is trained to acquire necessary knowledge, skills and confidence for performing her role as a health activist. She runs the out reach clinics as well as organizes and participates in the health promotional activities of the department, and reports any unusual health events in her community at the earliest to the first referral units of the department.
Building health institutions at Grass root level
The laboratory for student’s training in community medicine is a well-organized community service area with Out Patient services at primary care level and provision for secondary care along with a network of community health volunteers. Village level volunteers are trained to provide basic health care needs as well report any uneventful events related to health. Weekly clinics are organized with the help of this volunteers to cater to the health needs of the defined community. This grass root level organisations in the community gives field level medical education to medical students.
Integration with national programmes
- National AIDS Control Program
- Universal Immunization Program
- Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program
- Integrated disease Surveillance project