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St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Community Health Training Center, Mugalur, Karnataka

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Location
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Area of Operation:
Mugalur :
Dommasandra primary health centre
Lakkur primary health centre
Sarjapura primary health centre
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Activity
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Ashadhwani - hearing impairment outreach services
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Senior citizens health services
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Maanasi - mental health outreach services
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Dhristi - Eye care services
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Community based rehabilitation services
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Occupational health services
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Mother and Child Health outreach services
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Service Delivery
  • » Occupational Health
  • » Geriatric Health
  • » Mother and Child Health
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Private mission organization wholly owned and administered by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India

Year Launched

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1979

Stage

Long term association with the community with further focus on research activities

Income level of target population

All levels

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Summary
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St John’s Community Health Training Centre at Mugalur has its roots in the early 1980s, when the villagers of Mugalur district, with financial support from a local bank, proposed the setting up of a facility to improve the health status of villagers. St John’s hospital set up a primary care dispensary for this purpose in Mugalur district, which eventually expanded to include the training of medical students from St John’s medical college, and more curative care services.

The community, initially largely rural with agriculture as the main occupation, is rapidly urbanizing as many villagers are choosing to work in industries.

The Centre provides services to villagers in the areas of mother and child health, senior citizens health service, hearing impairment, mental illness, eye care, community-based rehabilitation, and occupational health.

Villagers have felt the impact of St. John’s work. The occupational health initiative reduced respiratory illnesses among tea plantation workers from 27% in 1998 to 19% in 2010. Genito-urinary, and pregnancy related infections were also reduced.

The Centre is striving to improve the quality of services it provides to villagers, and also wants to include a research component in its list of activities. As St. John’s has a very well equipped laboratory, the facility can be used for any field based research the department wishes to undertake.

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Target Geography
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  • » Urban and rural
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Entire Population
  • » Tea plantation workers
  • » Garment industry workers
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Primary Funding Agencies
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Indian Government, Indian NGO/Civil Society, Indian Academic Institute, Foreign Government, Foreign Donor, Foreign Academic Institute
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2000-2011)
  • » National Journals: 30
  • » International Journals: 17
Non-Technical Staff

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6-10

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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29,986

Future Plans

Include research component in their activities.

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