Disability is an important public health problem in India with 2.6 million people (26,810,557) living with disability according to the 2011 census. A majority of the disabled reside in rural areas where accessibility, availability, and utilization of rehabilitation services and its cost-effectiveness are major challenges. With some exceptions, the situation for people with disability in urban areas resembles rural areas. Research on disability burden, appropriate intervention strategies and their implementation to the present context in India is necessary to improve the quality and access to healthcare for disabled persons.
The major objective of our campaign “Volunteer to Include – Include to Volunteer” is to ensure that people with disabilities are able to maximize their physical and mental abilities, have access to regular services and opportunities, and achieve full integration within their communities.
General physicians, Specialists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, intermediate level supervisors, orthopedic technicians, resource teachers and vocational trainers are involved in delivery of complex rehabilitation services as well as training and supervision of personnel.
AarogyaSeva is trying to systematically address these problems by launching the “Volunteer to Include” Campaign. The AarogyaSeva network will work with a wide range of stakeholders and volunteers including, but not limited to: General physicians, Specialists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, intermediate level supervisors, orthopedic technicians, resource teachers, vocational trainers and non-medical volunteers.
Partnerships with Governments, voluntary organizations, and professional associations and campaigns that change attitudes towards disability will be some of the focus areas. Dissemination of positive stories about persons with disabilities and their families through the media can be a powerful tool to empower disabled persons. The support and involvement of individuals with disability, organisations working with people with disabilities and care givers is vital to the success of our campaign. We are happy to open up our resources and networks to be utilized by the beneficiary individuals, communities, and their care givers.
We look forward to your support. Write to us: Include@aarogyaseva.org