Health Awareness and Promotion

TSSS has been striving to build indigenous health care systems and practices to make the poor people to have easy access to health care services at an affordable price. The English medicine is not only costly but is available mainly in urban centres. Hence the rural people are deprived and discriminated regarding accessibility to health care.

TSSS continues to promote SIDDHA and ACUPUNCTURE system of medicines for the benefit of the rural and urban poor. New medicines have been invented and made available to the public to treat the widely prevalent diseases among the marginalized communities.

SIDDHA Medical Hospital And Research Center,  Sankarankovil
(Self Financed Health Programme)

The poor do not afford to access existing curative health care which is highly commercial and concentrated on the urban areas. Expense on health care is increasing as the number of diseases too increases. In order to provide an alternative system of medicine to allopathy, TSSS established the SIDDHA Hospital at Sankarankoil with the noble support of Andheri Hilfe, Germany. It is now being managed by TSSS without external support. Two professionally qualified doctors take care of the Hospital and its extension counters.

The Major Service Components:

  • Veeramamunivar Siddha Hospital
  • Production Unit
  • Treatment Centre
  • Outreach Programme
  • Extension services
  • Exhibitions

Extension counter:

The extension counter at Palayamkottai continues to serve the sick and the needy. The Siddha Specialist visits TSSS office on every Saturdays to treat the out-patients. He gives consultancy as well as medicines.

New Herbal Medicines produced:

As part of its Research, TSSS’ Siddha unit has come out with a series of new medicines applied to some common ailments. The following new products have been launched into the market. The usages of the new medicines that are tested and approved for marketing are as follows:

1. TSSS Nutrient – Mineral and Vitamin capsule
2. TSSS Sanjeevi Soornam – Enhances Female fertility
3. TSSS Sanjeevi Soornam – Enhances male fertility
4. TSSS Visasura capsule
5. TSSS Malaria cure capsule

Particulars of outpatients at the SIDDHA Hospital at Sankarankoil

Months

TMM

City Clinic

Palay

Total

Grand

Old

New

Old

New

Old

New

Old

New

April

82

150

24

99

11

30

117

279

396

May

78

156

36

92

12

24

126

272

398

June

99

156

36

72

14

36

152

264

416

July

78

175

30

108

18

24

126

307

433

Aug

86

148

27

79

16

30

129

257

386

Sept

74

154

24

87

15

28

113

269

382

Oct

68

136

19

69

12

29

99

234

336

Nov

54

119

34

87

16

26

104

232

336

Dec

76

124

40

76

14

27

130

227

357

Jan

72

112

34

71

8

27

116

210

324

Feb

70

124

38

75

18

33

126

232

358

Mar

98

130

36

67

16

27

150

224

374

Total

935

1684

378

982

170

341

1488

3007

4496

HIV/AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAMME

Tirunelveli district was identified to be one among six high risk districts for contracting HIV virus. Hence TSSS took special effort to prevent the epidemic with the support of Caritas India which sanctioned a pilot project for a period of six months starting from November 2012. The major activities in the prevention of the pandemic are as follows:

  • No of villages covered – 20
  • No of SHGs reached out – 50
  • No of women covered – 930
  • No of referrals made – 131
  • Number of women tested – 121
  • Number of positive cases
  • identified – 10
  • Adolescents reached out – 62
  • Schools covered – 03

Awareness Meeting at Village Level:

TSSS organized village level meetings at all 10 villages in Mela Neelitha Nallur and Sankarankoil unions in Tirunelveli district. Members from 17 SHGs took part in the meetings. 255 members attended the programme which highlighted the following points:

  • The processes and means of contracting HIV Virus
  • Testing and Counseling services available
  • Social responsibility and care of HIV positive persons
  • Support services of SONTHAM care and hope centre run by TSSS

Sensitization programme for Adults:

The adult students educated at the National Child labour special school programme in Sankarankoil were given orientation and training on HIV/AIDS. 45 Adults from the school participated actively and got orientation. Some of the key issues discussed with them are as follows:

  • Physical and mental changes and problems encountered by the adults.
  • HIV/AIDS contraction, testing, counseling and treatment facilities
  • Migration and related issues
  • Social stigma and exclusion
  • Care and support programmes for positive persons
  • Support groups and positive networks

Participants:

Young men – 28
Young women – 35
Total – 63
The training was facilitated by Ms.Tamilarasi, the point person for the HIV/AIDS intervention programme. The participants raised many questions during the open house and all their doubts were clarified.

Other Support services:

  • Referral services were carried out for helping four persons affected with HIV/AIDS to access treatment facilities from the government and counseling from SONTHAM and ICTC. They were also guided to get welfare measures meant for the positive persons. They also were referred to the district positive network.
  • The programme point person made house-visits to the HIV/AIDS infected persons and referred them to the Hospital and ICTC. She also persuaded suspected persons susceptible to HIV virus to go for testing.

SONTHAM – CARE AND SUPPORT CENTRE FOR THE HIV/AIDS INFECTED.

TSSS built SONTHAM – the Care and Support Centre for providing medical cum emotional psychosocial support services to persons infected with HIV/AIDS. It offers free and special medical care to the infected and they are offered board and lodge facilities free of cost. A professional doctor with lots of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS treatment services visits the centre regularly. The beneficiaries are referred by the NGO coordination meant for prevention of HIV/AIDS in the district. The positive persons district network too refers those in need of medical support. Here is an account of the in-patients cared and treated at Sontham.

Particulars of Inpatients at Sontham Care Home

Month

No of inpatients

April

31

May

33

June

28

July

24

August

26

September

35

October

23

November

26

December

31

January

34

February

26

March

31

Total

348

In addition to treatment and medication, the inpatients receive the love and care of the nuns and staffs. They are given counseling and are encouraged to engage in prayers and meditation and Yoga.

REVOLVING CREDIT for IGP:

Livelihood and survival is the biggest problem encountered by many of the positive women. Many are isolated and neglected without any sort of assistance from the family and kith and kin. They lead a pathetic life. In order to support them, TSSS continues to offer them credit to take up easy and simple income generation activities that are accepted by the community.

Following are the particulars of revolving fund managed by the group of positive women :

Sl

IGP Category / Purpose of Credit

No of beneficiaries

Unit cost / per person

Total Amount of Loan

01 Livestock Development

21

10000

210000

02 Agriculture and allied activities

05

10000

50000

03 Petty trades – vending

18

10000

180000

Total

44

 

440000

 

Positive People’s Network:

The positive people network functioning at the district level meets regularly and discuss on the issues and concerns. The networks provide information and guidance to members to avail the necessary treatment cum welfare measures from government as well as NGOs and private philanthropists. The members enjoy Solidarity and friendship, Peer group support, Relief from stress and isolation, Mutual learning and sharing and Exchange of information and resources.

TSSS as the member of the district level network of NGOs working with HIV/AIDS sectors, attends the periodical meetings regularly and passes on information and referrals to the needy patients.