Rural Housing and Livelihood Programme - DESWOS Germany

Helping the wider area

Though existing CTRD initiatives have meant that many tribal communities have started accessing medical treatment in local government run centres and hospitals, many isolated villages still require healthcare delivered by CTRD. CTRD provides a variety of healthcare services, running general health screening camps and conducting regular community visits. CTRD also works to promote anti- and post-natal care, as well as ongoing mother and child care. Sickle cell anaemia, a non-contagious disease passed the genetic code of parents to children, is common in specific tribal communities. Although this disease is incurable, there are medicines available to help those living with the condition. CTRD works to identify cases of sickle cell anaemia and provide sufferers with the right care and support. CTRD also ensures that there is a good supply of first aid medicines in isolated areas, and that locals are trained in basic emergency first aid.

Outcome

Through the Rural Housing and Livelihood Programme CTRD has been able to provide 9 villages with over 150 houses, helping to ensure their comfort and safety. Most importantly the programme not only helps tribal communities - it gives them the ability to help themselves. Socio-economic conditions are greatly improved in both villages and the wider area thanks to IGPs, ensuring that rural and tribal families can make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to the development of their own communities. Healthcare and education in these regions has also improved vastly, with CTRD providing support to 61 tribal communities. This powerful and mutually reinforcing programme is beginning to help break the cycle of poverty in poor tribal and rural villages and is one of CTRD's great success stories!