Community Health

CSSS focuses on the maintenance, protection and improvement of the health status of population groups and communities as opposed to the health of individual patients. The community health program for the rural communities is a much-felt need for a country like India with limited resources while the population is growing at devastatingly high rates.

Owing to the factors like illiteracy, low socio economic status, economic vulnerability and prevailing of norms pertaining to the gender discrimination and prejudices the women of the rural community are often at high risk for the maternal and reproductive health based problems. Due to the negligence and lack of awareness, the children are very often found unimmunized, or irregularity is noticed with regard to the routine immunization thereby putting the health of the child at risk. The prevailing unhygienic condition of the community due to the lack of proper garbage disposal facility, poor sewerage system both at the household level and at the community level, and people’s inclination towards self-medication makes the community people more vulnerable to diseases.

Recognizing the need for greater awareness on health and hygiene, CSSS has identified this important component as one of the cross-cutting areas of focus in all our project interventions in the villages. It has two-fold intervention with regard to community health promotion:

  • Institutional care: It caters to the health needs of the individual/communities through its well-established departments that provide primary level health care and referral services.
  • Community outreach: It includes health awareness campaigns, medical camps, school health programs and capacitating the health volunteers at the community level.

Operational Areas

Jammu, Smailpur, Mandal, Nowshera, Nagrota

Major Activities

  • Medical care through St. Joseph’s Community Hospital at Smailpur
  • Medical camps at the hospital and project locations
  • Immunization program and well-baby clinics
  • School health awareness campaigns and dental health check-ups
  • Training of village women are organize them into village health monitoring team.

Achievements in 2016-17

  • Introduced new services such as dental and ophthalmology at the hospital.
  • Medical camps at the hospital and project locations benefitted 2010 persons.
  • School health awareness and training were organized in Smailpur, Akalpur and Nowshera units through which we reached out to 3305 students of government as well as private schools
  • Dental health check up and screening camps organized in the network of school under the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar Education Society in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Govt. Dental College benefitted more than 5000 students.
  • Immunization programme at the hospital catered to 417 children
  • 1450 women received training and awareness on health and hygiene