Our partner NGO in South India will improve the health, well-being and income of tribal people living in the Nilgiri Hills. Community health workers will tackle issues such as the high level of infant mortality while other staff will work to improve the productivity of tribal farms.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2016 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2016
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1113533)
The Nilgiri Hills is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve. The tribal communities that once lived as hunter-gatherers in the forests have lost livelihoods due to clear-felling of forests, climate change and other factors. They needed to adapt to a new lifestyle dependent on farming and labouring for an income. Surveys found a high level of health problems, partly due to a poor diet and loss of farm income due to climate change and damage by wild animals.
Trained community health workers will focus on the neediest and most isolated communities in 30 villages to raise awareness about hygiene, diets and other issues while referring sick people for specialist care. Support staff will work with farmers in the same villages to help them grow climate-resistant, income-generating crops that are safe from marauding animals such as elephant and which they can market nearby. The aim is to encourage self-sufficiency and prevent migration to nearby cities.
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