We provide essential medical services to forest staff. Frontline forest officials are deployed in Protected Areas (PAs) around the country where they work under very stressful conditions. Extreme weather conditions, long and strenuous patrols and encounters with armed poachers lead to high incidences of stress-related diseases.

The situation is exacerbated by the lack of quality healthcare services available to these men and women. Uninsured staff are even more vulnerable as they avoid routine health check-ups to keep their medical costs to a minimum.

To resolve this, a WCT-Mobile Health Unit (MHU) moves across 21 tiger reserves in 5 states providing forest officials with much needed medical attention.

Staff Receive:

A full medical examination by a physician 
Blood pressure, height and weight check
Checks of vital parameters for cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems as well as the gastrointestinal tract
Basic pathology investigations including hemoglobin levels, blood sugar, urine sugar and others
Staff diagnosed with diabetes receive thorough investigations including Lipid profile
ECG tests to check for heart conditions

These initial screenings allow WCT health teams to identify officials with chronic or serious illnesses so that specialised treatment can be provided to them. This programme is being conducted in partnership with the Chiguru Wildlife Conservation Society.

In addition, WCT ensures that all Anti-poaching Camps (APCs) within a PA have a first-aid box and other necessary medical supplies. APCs are typically located in the inner reaches of forests and having first-aid supplies handy is extremely useful for officials.

WCT teaches officials how to use the kits provided and routinely replenishes them.

Health Camps for Forest Staff

Our Mobile Health Unit (MHU) travels from one forest to another and aids in providing better healthcare facilities to the forest staff. Click on the van icon anywhere on the map get more details

Check out images from our health initiatives for frontline forest staff.

First-aid kits are distributed to officials at the Bhadra Tiger Reserve.
Officials at Periyar underwent a series of tests to check for non-communicable diseases.
Lab testing for field staff in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
A set of first-aid kits were provided to officials living in APCs in Ranthambhore.
A camp medical officer speaks to field staff at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Officials at Ranthambhore register for a health check up organised by WCT.
Sudarshan Sharma, DFO, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve stands with the MHU team.
An officer in Sariska gets a work up by a physician at a WCT health camp.
The WCT MHU at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in March 2015.
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