Strengthening of community based health service system and mechanisms, promoting institutional deliveries, regular immunization, are main focus areas of RJSS. Mother and child health care continues to be the focus in community health interventions. Weak government infrastructure and service especially in the tribal pockets make it difficult for people to access information pertaining to health programmers. RJSS fill this gap through conducting training programmes on government health schemes, meetings with the health committees in the villages to help plan their health interventions.
Many health camps were organised in tribal pockets of Jharkhand in collaboration with the government health workers which included general health awareness, eye check-up, mental health, awareness on identification of malnutrition, awareness among pregnant and lactating through street play, awareness on institutional delivery, and awareness drive at Anganwadi Kendra etc. Such efforts have improved access to health services in these rural locations. These health camps were organized in difficult-to reach areas, giving preference to tribal and other backward communities.
Mental health is a growing concern. Lack of awareness and limited access to mental health care coupled with social stigma makes reaching out to people with mental illness a tougher task. In economically backward social groups, both urban and rural, people with mental illness are subject to neglect, isolation, abuse and traditional forms of treatment – all of which have a negative impact on them. RJSS Community Mental Health Program has been operational since 2002 in Satgawan block of Koderma district, Jharkhand and in Nawada district of Bihar. We are successfully providing healthcare to the mentally ill people. Following are the actions under Mental Health Program.