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Poverty affects people not just in financial but indirectly in many more aspects of life. The biggest challenge that crops up with poverty is the issue of health. With infectious diseases lurking around the corner, with just a random sneeze or an unhygienic water source or even a shake of hands, we can never be too sure of which kind of disease we end up catching and from whom. But as they say, prevention is better than cure!

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So, the Infectious Diseases Unit of our Health vertical periodically organises workshops, rallies, health camps and other awareness activities for five infectious diseases – HIV, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Dengue and Malaria, along with helping the affected patients get treatment at our outreach clinics, in collaboration with Holy Spirit Hospital and a few private clinics.

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One such successful health camp was held last Sunday, in association with Yash Foundation, at our Vikroli project site where a total of 124 members of the select community were screened for various infectious diseases. Of this, 72 women, 31 men and 21 children benefitted from this check-up camp. The aim of such camps is to identify and eradicate infectious diseases from select poverty stricken areas through check-ups via community intervention approach. Health care being a major issue across the world, with expensive tests for diagnosis and even costlier treatments, we aim to provide as much support as possible to the lesser privileged by such activities, to help reduce the untimely mortality rate of our country. And successful camps like these encourage us to go ahead with organising more camps and activities!

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