Datom, Jharkhand – India
Our current project is the construction of a clinic in a remote village of Datom in the state of Jharkhand. Co-founders Tom Connor and Natasha Sproat visited Datom during a volunteer trip in 2007 and treated hundreds of people, many walking up to three days to see them. Yet many missed out on medical attention. This was the inspiration for Traditional Healthcare – and the location of its first clinic.
Our main contact in Datom is Bishwanath, an acupuncturist in the village. He wanders from household to household treating those in need. His service makes a huge difference to the community as there are no healthcare facilities within 100km. But this also limits the number of patients he can treat each day.
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Our new clinic will change this situation. It will improve the lives of thousands of people for many years. And it will provide a blueprint for more clinics in rural India and around the world.
Plans for the Datom clinic include:
- an education hall
- spaces for training locals to become skilled practitioners
- accommodation for the volunteers and employees
- a health clinic with room for 14 beds and an emergency room
- a dispensary for herbs and homeopathic medicines.
The facility will be built with a focus on renewable energies using wind power, bio gas generators, water turbines, solar panels and Fresnel lenses for converting sunlight to energy. This will provide Datom with the knowledge and tools to sustain themselves environmentally, economically, and socially.
Once each clinic is operating smoothly, the local community will become the primary caretakers and managers moving forward, allowing TH to move on to planning and construction of the next project.
The greater outcome of this is that the knowledge and tools that are part and parcel of each clinic are integrated with the local way of life. With a blueprint at their disposal, this knowledge can then be spread within the community, removing any dependence on outsiders and affecting truly substantial and long-standing change.
- December 2011 – Mozzie free kitchen, roof prep and a drink with the police
- February 2011 – Banana circles complete
- October 2010 – Construction continues and treatments documented
- August 2010 – Construction begins with the laying of foundations
If you’d like to volunteer or collaborate with us in any way, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Australia
The team recently headed to Alice Spring and came back with many ideas about building a clinic in the area and we are open to ideas and proposals for the project..
We are open to ideas and proposals to make this project happen. Please contact us.