Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum

Public Healthcare Infrastructure in Kamand

Students:Nate Porter, Johanna Santos, Phil Kelley, Prateek Gauba, Divakar Maurya.
Mentor: Dr. Arnav Bhavsar

In the Kamand region of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, the healthcare challenges of rural communities are unique due to difficult terrain, distance between health centers, and disease patterns. This project assessed the public healthcare infrastructure’s ability, in terms of quantity and quality, to cope with these challenges. Our assessment revealed three bottlenecks in service delivery: inadequate supplies, lack of specialists, and inaccessibility of facilities. Based on our analysis, we recommended changes to the system that might improve public access to quality medical care.

Project Outcomes

Three healthcare delivery bottlenecks emerged in our findings: access to supplies, specialists, and facilities. To address these, we formulated three recommendations, using a SWOT analysis to gauge feasibility.

  • Increase access to the medical resource network in the region by adding a Mobile Unit that can deliver both supplies and care to doctors and patients in remote villages and facilities.
  • Expand care available to patients in and around Kamand by increasing the number of specialists, especially cardiologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, and psychologists.
  • Introduce affordable and simple equipment, such as lightweight stretchers discussed below, into villages with limited or no accessibility to main roads or ambulances. Maintain regular evaluation with RHAM to track progress in the quality of the healthcare system.

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