Tribhuvandas Foundation is an Integrated Rural Health & Development Programme of Amul. Inspired by the great success of round the clock health care services to the livestock of dairy farmers of Kaira, Shri Tribhuvandas Patel, the Founder Chairman of Amul felt the need of such a service to the rural populace too as he could learn and experience the afflictions brought to them by absence of medical services in rural villages of Kaira. He donated the prize money of his Ramon Magsaysay Award and the fund he received from kaira farmers on his retirement, for his life time service to them, to set up this Foundation. Dr V. Kurien also played an active role in this set up. It was registered as a Charitable Trust under the Public Trust Act 1950, on July 1975.
The Foundation derives its uniqueness from the fact that it is a need-based programme for villagers and is run by the villagers themselves. It fulfills the basic health care needs of the villages. Apart from providing primary treatment for various common ailments, the Foundation is also actively involved in promoting preventive health practices. It is headquartered at Anand with sub-centers spread over the district Anand and Kheda. The Foundation has a dedicated Team of Medical Officers, Nurses, Administrative staff, Dais (Traditional Birth Attendants) and Village Health Workers to provide the following services:
Treatment of common ailments; Immunization through vaccination – BCG, Triple Vaccine, Polio, Measles, Tetanus, Anti rabies at subsidised rate; Treatment of tuberculosis and anaemia ; Antenatal,postnatal care, neonatal and infant care ; Nutritional rehabilitation centers for undernourished children and vulnerable mothers; Identification of suspected cases of cancer and referrals ; Education and counseling on reversible and permanent methods of family planning, health education sessions and referral of critical cases to secondary and tertiary care centers; Building partnership with government for family planning programmes in rural areas; Distribution of contraceptive tablets and condoms through regular camps; Laparoscopic TL and minilap operations, insertion of Copper-T (IUD), and Tubectomy; Cancer awareness programme, detection camp and treatment at Shri Krishna Hospital, Karamsad; Balwadis (Day Care Centres) for pre-school play and learning activities for children of three to five years.
It also provides continuous training and retraining to Village Health Workers who are chosen from villages with the help of the Dairy Co-operative Societies. This enables the Village Health Workers to carry out health education and primary health care from door-to-door, in groups and at the Dairy Co-operative Societies Centres with confidence. The training focuses on primary health care, waterborne disease, know your body, pregnancy and the delivery period, new born care and care of the weak child, growth monitoring, breast feeding, common disease of childhood, malaria, tuberculosis. Training is also imparted on other topics as the need arises.
The Foundation has pioneered in large scale implementation of the concept of ‘Safe Delivery Kit’ in India ensuring a hygienic and safe delivery of pregnant mother. The Foundation in partnership with Government of Gujarat, has made ‘Safe Delivery Kits’ accessible to inhabitants of remote rural interiors who had been unable to access such services from state or private agencies. The Safe Delivery Kit is supplied to various health centres of the government of Gujarat The success of the initiative has been manifested by drastic fall in neonatal tetanus, and maternal, neonatal, and infant mortality.
The Foundation has achieved a drastic reduction in percentage of Low Birth Weight in Anand and Kheda districts – birth of babies with below 2.5 kg just 11% at the end of year 2008-09 while it is 25-30% and even up to 40% in parts of India and Gujarat. The Foundation is recipient of First Prize for the Best Effort in Family Welfare in the Voluntary Sector from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in 1993. The achievement in creating a popular demand for ‘Balwadi’ across the rural community led to the initiation and operation of government-run ‘anganwadis’. The Foundation has created a strong platform for organized training of rural women on appliqué/handicrafts and sale of their works to generate additional income.
In association with Sankara Eye Hospital, the Foundation has helped in performing 2000 surgeries free of cost for the vision impaired patients. The efforts on to organise camps for detection and improvement of vision of the rural people. The Foundation has been identified by Government of Gujarat providing training inputs to members of Village Health and Sanitation Committees of Village Panchayats of all the villages of Umreth, Anklav and Anand talukas of Anand District and Balasinor and Virpur talukas of Kheda District for a period of one year from 2009-2010.
Tribhuvandas Foundation has become one of Asia’s largest community healthcare service providers covering more than 700 villages. The Foundation still strives to extend its services to as much villages as possible.