The Pemakö Health Initiative addresses the most basic and pressing Family and Maternal Child Health needs in remote villages beyond the reach of local services to promote healthy families from birth.
Our vision is to identify, create, replicate and sustain an efficient and effective medical service delivery model for maternal, child and family health in remote locations by employing indigenous people.
Statement of Problem or Need
Pemakö compares poorly with the rest of India and its neighboring states with respect to most health care indicators. Most healthcare facilities are not well equipped with basic infrastructure such as permanent facilities, trained providers, modern equipment, and life saving drugs. A volatile border has resulted in less development of critical infrastructure and more disruption of services than neighboring states. Inhospitable terrain and low population density make delivery of health services challenging. Villagers travel up to 12 hours by foot to access health care in Tuting. With serious illnesses, the villager must travel 2 to 3 days to reach a District Hospital in Pasighat or to a Regional Hospital in Assam State.
Basic healthcare, reproductive, and child health services have yet to reach the interior and remote areas of the state. The infant mortality rate is 77 per 1,000 births and maternal mortality rate is estimated at 401 per 100,000 births. Basic medical services are needed to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. The estimated life expectancy of 54 years ranks as the lowest among major states.
The first year potential of PHI’s program will impact approximately 150 households with 1,800 family members. Future funding raised will allow PHI’s program to scale up by 2015, providing services in fourteen villages within Pemakö. PHI’s program would then impact an estimated 790 households with approximately 5,880 family members.