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Doorstep Anti-Malaria Services in Remote & Inaccessible Areas

It is a known fact that the villages which are situated in the northern side of 31 National Highway in the Kokrajhar and Chirang districts are most vulnerable to malaria in Assam. Apart from being endemic to Malaria, the entire targeted area is covered by forest with almost absence of modern health care facilities. The inaccessibility, unavailability, in-affordability worsens the condition invariably leading to higher death rate due to Malaria. Thus to provide anti-Malaria services to the masses at their doorsteps the NERSWN with the financial support from Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) government initiated the project. The project was a huge success in terms of reaching out to each and every village in the targeted area, the success in detecting cases and treating it also made the deprived people to think that there are people to render service to them too. For many villages such kind of service is quite a new concept. Sometimes the worker of the organization had tough time convincing people that they really provide free health care service that too at their own door step. Achievement of the project is given below:-


  • Total of 325 villages were covered by the project.
  • 13,185 blood smears were collected over the period of 5 months starting from June to November.
  • Out of the total Blood smear collected 3299 were detected as positive cases.
  • Out of total positive cases 3005 cases were Pf, 292 Pv and only 2 cases were found mixed infection.
  • The total percentage of positive case stands to 25%.
  • 41 unemployed youth were absorbed with the project.
  • Total of 325 health committees were formed.


  • Got acquainted with the physical and natural environment of the project area.
  • Got exposure of working with the rural masses.
  • Rural dynamics were identified.
  • Workers have become more experienced.
  • Community acceptance.
  • Got to know about the key issues and difficulties in the field.
  • The team spirit has been generated among the workers.
  • A sense of belongingness has been created through the project.
  • Workers have been ready made man power to take up such projects in future.
  • The gapes between service delivery system and the community were identified.

Project Collaboration Centre:

The NERSWN with the purpose of making the government Public Health Centres (PHCs) and hospitals functional had collaborated with the department of health services, BTC. Keeping in view of the targeted are it has made three collaboration centre viz. Kachugaon PHC, Bollamjhora PHC and Kokrajhar District Hospital. In the collaboration centre the blood smears were tested, the medicines were stored, necessary equipments were also stored and the patients with chronic Malaria were brought to those centre. The clients with symptoms other than Malaria were also referred to these institutions.

Health Committees:

The health committees were formed in every operational village. The health committees were formed with a view to empower community to deal with their health problems. The NERSWN would educate them about accessing government as well private health care services. The health committees in most remote areas were also given the few necessary medicines with basic training. The health committees would also help the health volunteers of NERSWN in finding out the fever cases.

Health Awareness Campaign:

Today one of the most indispensable in the health sector is awareness of the people. As the health care is increasingly becoming inaccessible and unaffordable for the rural masses, the awareness to keep them healthy has become a key weapon to promote their health status and to save themselves from the health hazards. Keeping this view in mind NERSWN has formed a Theatre team.

Theatre Team:

The Theatre Team with its attractive street plays penetrated amidst the human concentration putting across social messages especially related to health problems, its measures and alcoholism. The team has organized street plays in several places like Soraibil, Serfanguri, Karigaon, Panbari, Kukulung, Dagdari etc. Apart from informing, educating and communicating the necessary ways and means to prevent the health problems like Malaria, Tuberculosis (TB) etc. the team has entertained the masses a lot. One of the most convincing messages the theatre team has tried to convey to the masses was that the changes which are taking place in the health sector and the steps needs to be taken to keep par with the changing situation and time. The team also has portrayed the problem of alcoholism among the tribes and its impact on the society. With the help of the Theatre Team the NERSWN has made a documentary on malaria entitled as “Malaria Thandob“. Thus the Theatre Team has generated huge public awareness and support to the organization.

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