The existing healthcare system in the high altitude Himalayan region fails to reach the impoverished, far-flung villages where the majority of the population resides, and rarely functions during the winters when the need is the highest. The harsh climatic & atmospheric conditions, high levels of poverty, low awareness and development status, all contribute to the high incidence of certain critical and chronic diseases in the region, compounded by severe malnutrition, and low life expectancy and high maternal and infant mortality. The indigenous system of healthcare based on traditional medicine practitioners has, unfortunately, been eroding with time and is inadequate to deal with current needs.

Pragya is working towards ensuring timely, effective and near-the-patient healthcare services to the inhabitants of remote villages of the high altitude Himalayas. The project seeks to improve the available human resources for health, including the skill-base of traditional healers to reduce the incidence of diseases and morbidity and mortality in the target community. Interventions are also aimed at instituting measures for improved nutrition and mother and child care systems.

The project is being implemented in:
12 districts (Tawang, W. Kameng, Darjeeling, W. Sikkim, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Leh, Kargil) across the Himalayan region in India.
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