Tribal Friendly Hospital
The hospital, established in 1993 was built after extensive consultations with the local tribal population, is unique in its architecture and ambience. To be responsive to their cultural sensitivities and to make it tribal friendly, the clinic was modelled on a typical tribal home. There is a temple of Maa Danteshwari, the supreme Goddess of the tribal Gond at the hospital entrance, whose blessings are essential for the for the healing. The doctors in the hospital avoid wearing “inauspicious” white clothes and the OPD has significant open space with trees where the patients wait their turn sitting below the trees on a platform, exchanging notes with others. Patients admitted are allowed to live with their family members in huts built as per the specifications led down by the local tribals around the indoor facility.Hence the tribal had significant ownership of the hospital naming it as “Maa Danteshwari Dawakhana”.
Coming from humble abodes, the tribals didn’t like the huge multi-storied buildings which they found intimidating. White on doctors was unimaginable! Wasn’t that the colour to be worn by the dead in their tradition? How can people dressed in white save lives? The hospital personnel didn’t speak their language. They were asked to stay outside while the patient admitted was allowed to meet them only at a particular time. Accustomed to living in a community, the separation bothered them. They summarised their apprehensions in a telling pronouncement – “There’s no ‘God’ in the hospital.”
To provide compassionate, high quality, affordable, culturally appropriate, scientific and ethical medical care to the tribal and rural population of Gadchiroli as well as neighbouring districts.
A participatory approach was adopted to allay the people’s concerns and fears. After consultations with the tribal people, the construction of the tribal hospital commenced with a design resembling their own homes. When asked, the tribal people earnestly named the hospital as Ma Danteshwari Dawakhana after the supreme tribal Goddess Danteshwari. A temple of the tribal goddess Ma Danteshwari stands at the entrance.
The registration room of the tribal friendly hospital resembles a Ghotul – an integral part of the tribal life and a place for the youth to gather for cultural activities and meet their partners. The hospital has 10 kutis, small hut-like wards, for privacy and the relatives to come, stay over and take care of the patients on their own. And, these kutis were built by the tribals themselves.
All the structures in Shodhgram portray a medley of a tribal village and an ashram. The design and the architecture followed the tribal pattern. Even the walls of the building look like they have been patted with mud by hand.
To the Present
Outpatient care: Primary & Speciality care
Inpatient care: For illnesses needing hospitalisation
Surgical care is Provided with the help of volunteering surgeons and anaesthetists in a well-equipped operation theatre
|Outpatient care and Primary care
|Gynaecology and obstetrics
|Mental health clinic
- Pathology laboratory with facilities for cytology and histopathology in addition to other routine laboratory investigations and biochemical tests
- A pharmacy selling low-cost generic medicines
- Ambulance service which operates in remote tribal areas
Training local manpower
SEARCH trains local youth as
- Nursing assistants
- Laboratory assistants
- More than 3 million outpatient consultations in the last 14 years
- More than 34,000 outpatient visits annually
- Over 3300 surgeries since 2003 (Gynaecological surgeries, General surgeries, Paediatric surgeries, Urological surgeries, Spine surgeries, Plastic surgeries)
- In-house pharmacy selling low-cost generics
- Availability of pathology lab
Honorary Consultants and Surgeons
A large number of eminent doctors throughout Maharashtra voluntarily provide their services to the people of Gadchiroli through the SEARCH hospital.Doctors providing voluntary services in the SEARCH hospital.
If you are interested in volunteering your services at our hospital, kindly contact us at [email protected]