Our 2009 India project was successful! Our team of 17 (7 doctors, 3 nurses, 1 medical technician, 1 social worker, 1 nutritionist, 1 researcher, 1 pre-med student, 1 artist, and 1 photo-journalist) worked as a strong team to develop this new partnership. We served nearly 600 youth and families in 6 under served rural communities in Gurgaon by setting up free health clinics in Anganwadi's (community centers), teaching mothers health and nutrition, and teaching poison safety control using posters and pamphlets developed in Hindi. In addition, we gave out danger stickers so that parents/guardians can use them to identify dangerous areas and poisonous materials that contribute to high infant mortality.
We served 350 children using community arts education. They learned about the dangers of ingesting poisonous materials through our water color mural art project. This was also an effective way to do a needs assessment and find out their perspective on community health issues.
We served 60 patients in Gurgaon Civil Hospital by using a portable ultrasound machine to help identify serious health issues as well as an EKG machine we donated to assist patients with crucial health concerns. In two weeks, we served over 1,000 women and children who struggle from issues related to malnutrition, long term health problems, disease, unhygienic living conditions, high infant mortality, injustice to women and unequal distribution of income.