By Zeena Johar, President – ICTPH
A health system needs to provide for the requirements of an individual through various stages of life and states of health, offering promotive, health-maintenance, preventive interventions for the entire population and disease management capability addressing the tail-end of population-health distribution. Primary prevention targets prevention of disease and disability at the level of the community (immunisation and water and sanitation efforts for example need to be managed at the community level), while higher order preventive efforts at the secondary or tertiary level focus more on the individual. For accurate disease management, appropriate diagnostic capability, aided by evidence based administration of medicines and follow-up ensuring compliance, is crucial to ensure effective curative interventions. IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) a not-for-profit research organisation with its mission to design inclusive health-systems for remote rural populations, is anchoring a pilot with a Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) based partner organisation: SughaVazhvu Healthcare. The objective of this pilot is to design an inclusive health-system ensuring accessibility and affordability for all the members of the rural community in the remote rural parts of Thanjavur.