Rajen Joshua's compound fracture, in a way, formed the basis of the SEDS Healthcare program. After that, it was a dog who needed stitches after getting into a fight. And then a child who had a bad fall. Soon, the need for healthcare infrastructure was felt and the healthcare program began to develop.
A lot of the initial training was provided thanks to Dr.Ashley D'Cruz of the St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore. Village Health Workers (VHWs) were taught basic healthcare and now form the backbone of the program.
A lack of basic facilities and superstitions used to plague village births. Female infanticide was an issue and even breech deliveries or the occurrence of twin births were considered unlucky, leading to the death of several babies. An important start was to train village midwives.
[The article originally written by Amit, for SEDS's 30 years celebration. This is simply a reproduction.]