Health is the real wealth, and to achieve anything in life one needs good health, which depends on many factors. If one is born into a wealthy or at least a middle class family, the parents will more than likely take care of their children’s health and provide nutritious food and healthy living conditions. Unfortunately this may be not true in case of poor people. Children growing up in meagre living conditions without proper health facilities can suffer and may ultimately end up in low living.
Sathya Sai Baba, of India, has inspired millions of people across the globe to serve their fellow human beings, with pure love and without discrimination of colour, creed, caste, religion or nationality. In fact, he has shown the world that selfless service is the real application of spirituality, and when people are suffering with poor health conditions, one’s prayers and efforts must be turned to serve them and save them from diseases.
With the blessings and grace of Sathya Sai Baba, the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra & Goa, in India, launched a massive health care project in 2008, commonly known as “Medicare”, to serve the villagers at their doorsteps, with complete medical facilities. Sai Baba told the organisers, “Do not wait for the opportunity to serve, go out and grab the opportunity that is already available,” and the organisers have done just that.
A centralised hub has been established, with proper drug licenses for acquiring, storing and distributing high quality medicines to all the mobile dispensaries.
As of December 2012, over 1.88 million patients have benefited from this project, with 26 districts operating these vans (some districts have more than one van). The mobile vans are reaching out to over 40,000 patients monthly to deliver free medicare at their doorsteps. In addition, 95 villages/slums have benefited – most of the villages under the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program were covered.
Notably, these vans have expanded their scope over the years and are now also used to propagate children’s character development (Sathya Sai Bala Vikas programme), prayers, spiritual singing (bhajans), and the distribution of health/nutritional biscuits. Videos on Sathya Sai Baba's life and works, and posters on health and hygiene, are displayed by some vans.
The health standards of inmates of the adopted villages have improved significantly over the period, and their ability to work hard and improve their economic status has gone up, too, resulting in true empowerment.
The organisers of this project are determining ways to improve and expand this Mobile Medicare Project. The Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra & Goa, will seek to:
Service vounteers (sevadals) and Sai Women’s Orgnanizations (mahilas) will educate Sai colony inmates and residents of adopted villages on health, hygiene, nutrition, and sanitation.
We invite our well-wishers to join us on our visits to villages and help to spread awareness of this divine and noble service to our fellow human beings.
For more information on this project, including, perhaps, help in starting such a project, contact Sri Ramesh Sawant, State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation – Maharashtra & Goa: email@example.com
Project start: 06/13/08
Stage of development:
Zone name: India
Lat/Longitude: 19° 4' N 72° 52' E
Affiliation: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, Maharashtra & Goa
Service category: Medical clinic/camp
Project leader: Sri Ramesh Sawant