Swasthiya Diwas At AMRIT Clinics : A Photo Story

by | Jan 22, 2019

“It was for the first time that these hands that have held equipments all their life, were holding a pen.” From struggling to figure out how to open a pen to completing a drawing, Bhera* Ba proudly says that he will show this drawing to his granddaughter. Even in this time of poor health, I see a big smile on Bhera Ba’s face .

Bhera Ba and many other TB patients like him attend the Swasthiya Diwas held at AMRIT clinics. Swasthiya Diwas is a monthly meeting for the patients suffering from Tuberculosis and who visit our (Basic Healthcare Services, my fellowship host organization) centres for treatment. This day helps them to understand about the disease, bust myths, know the importance of drug compliance and nutritional aspects.

If there is one day that I look forward to in the whole month, it is the Swasthiya Diwas. In my previous blog, I had shared how this day was conceptualized and the different aspects that go in together to make it a success. For the past three months, I have been given the task of organizing and conducting the Swasthiya Diwas. I found the opportunity very exciting and started thinking on how can we make this more engaging and meaningful for everyone.

As an organizer, we have to keep in mind that these are patients suffering from a disease and are weak. To keep them engaged in a task, expect them to listen constantly and attentively to things that are being presented to them for the first time, and they grasping all of it, is a little too much for us to expect.

This time, we decided to design activities around the topics to be explained, making it less drab and more relevant. Here are pictures from the recent Swasthiya Diwas where the activity ‘ताकत के लिए जरुरी तिरंगा भोजन‘ was to introduce different nutritious food with the reference of tri-colors .


As part of the activity, the patients were asked to draw the national flag to begin with!


A lot of the patients were unaware how the flag of India looks. The only flag they knew was the one hoisted at the temple of ‘Bavsi’ (local deity)


It was Bhera* Ba’s first time holding a pen and making a drawing

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Meera, one of our nurses, participates with the patients in making the tri-color

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Participants posing with their drawings.

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With the help of picture cards, the patients were asked to classify locally available food items in three colors viz. saffron, white and green.

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Bheru, our community health worker, holds the final poster that reads ‘ताकत के लिए जरुरी तिरंगा भोजन’ after classifying all the food items

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Post the session on nutrition, the patients were provided with hybrid seeds for vegetables like spinach, carrot, cabbage, raddish, tomatoes, methi, pumpkin, bitter gourd for kitchen gardening. They were also taught how to plant these seeds. In this picture, patients identify the seeds

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Pushpa, our community health worker prepares ‘Suji ki Matari’. She demonstrates different recipes to the patients with locally available nutritious food which they can prepare at home.

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Meanwhile, our team from Aajeevika Bureau counsels patients about the different skill training they can take up after the completion of their treatment

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All the patients share their experience and learning from the Swasthiya Diwas

All the above pictures have been clicked at three different locations of the clinics, covering the same event. The Swasthiya Diwas at AMRIT clinics is evolving over the time with increased number of patients who are now actively participating in the discussions. The knowledge imparted through these sessions has helped many patients from falling prey to myths, informal health providers and made them aware about the nutrition available to them locally. The provision of seeds for kitchen gardening and poultry distribution gives the patient an opportunity to bring the learning to practice and include the required nutrition in their diet.

Also, the counseling for skill training, opens up a chance for acquiring skills such as mobile repairing, motor repairing, plumbing. Thus preventing them from again taking up odd jobs like marble polishing, construction laborers and mine workers, which are no more suitable for them, keeping their health condition in mind.

We at AMRIT clinics hope to reach and educate more patients with platforms like Swasthiya Diwas and improve their life, helping them the fight against Tuberculosis. If you happen to have more ideas that we can try out, or will like to visit us for one of the Swasthya Diwas, do let me know! You are most welcome.

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1 Comment

  1. Ashish Rohatgi

    Its a laudable work and very inspirational! Providing good health and smiles to a community, can never be better than this.


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