Why villages around forest areas?
- Remote villages do not attract adequate support from donors.
- Institutions and government facilities are sparsely distributed.
- People cannot afford quality health services.
- It is difficult for locals to travel to healthcare centers due to lack of transport and the distance.
- Government hospitals in remote areas are usually understaffed and do not have the necessary equipment to carry out their work.
- Information, education and communication (IEC) activities are generally not aligned with local beliefs and practices.
Common health problems encountered in remote areas:
- Nutritional deficiencies – protein energy malnutrition, anemia, night blindness, goitre
- High maternal and child mortality
- Water-borne and sanitation related diseases – diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, intestinal worms
- Infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, diphtheria and polio
- Acute respiratory tract infections – influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis
- Skin diseases- fungal infections, eczema, scabies
- Eye problems – cataract, common infections
- Vector-borne diseases – malaria, dengue, filariasis
- Myths and beliefs stop people from going to doctors