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Dr. Aquinas Edassery, the founder of Swasthya Swaraj will be talking to us about her experience working to bring primary care to one of the poorest areas in India, populated by Indigenous communities. The region of Kalahandi in Orissa, has been devastated by endemic malaria and TB, the impact of which is compounded by acute malnutrition and a non existent public health care system. The infant mortality rate and the under-five mortality rate of the region are three times higher than the national average.
Through a network of clinics, health camps and community health workers Swasthya Swaraj reaches 75 villages and over 14,000 people.