The term “community health” refers to the health status of a defined group of people, or community, and the actions and conditions that protect and improve the health of the community. Community Health Department of ESSS aims at good health at low cost and with social justice by working in collaboration with like minded partners.
Ashakiran-Cancer Care Project
Over the last few years Kerala witnessed a dramatic increase in number of cancer patients creating panic among general public. The changes in life style, over dependence on foods and vegetables from other states, unscientific and over usage of pesticides by farmers contributed this kind of increase in number of cancer patients in Kerala. The high cost of cancer drugs and treatment increased the burden of people in the state. This prompted ESSS to join hands with Caritas India in Starting Asakiranam Cancer Care Project with the aim of creating a self-reliant community which enable to take preventive, curative and rehabilitative aspects of cancer disease. The Main components of the project are Local Fund Mobilization, Cancer Awareness, and Financial Aid to Deserving Cancer Patients, Medical & Psychological Support and the Promotion of Organic Farming.
Ardram Palliative Care
ESSS initiated palliative care unit, aiming at providing better accessibility of palliative care system to the common people. It is also offering social, emotional support and home-based palliative care to the needy under the operational area of ESSS.
Ardram Health Clinic
Ardram Health Clinic provides affordable primary health care to vulnerable and needy people with the support of Community Health Department, Lourdes Hospital Ernakulam.
As part of building self-reliant and healthy communities, ESSS involves in the promotion of preventive, curative & rehabilitative measures in the field of community health. The notable programmes are
Improving community health is a huge undertaking that involves cooperation between public health workers, local government, volunteers and community people. Besides that, education plays an important role in improving community health as it promotes healthy living, helps to prevent chronic diseases and brings the greatest health benefits to the people in need.