Presentation Title

Lack of Access to Healthcare in Rural India

Faculty Mentor

Lia Roberts

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

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Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The Indian Constitution, Article 21 establishes “Universal Healthcare” and stipulates that each state is responsible for providing healthcare within its borders. In the state of Udaipur, the case study under examination here, the state government provides healthcare through a system of public hospitals. By interviewing more than 100 women in three different rural communities in Udaipur in May 2019 this research project sought to explore the effectiveness of these local healthcare providers in providing preventive healthcare. Data collected by the Global Women in STEM and Policy cohort 3, shows that village women did not access their local health care preventive services, preferring instead to rely on home remedies and only visiting local healthcare providers as a last resort. This often led to advances in disease that could have been more successfully treated at an earlier stage. The main reasons cited by the women for their avoidance of the healthcare providers were: 1) they are afraid of western medicine, 2) they believe they can’t afford the visit, or the medicine, 3) they lack transportation to get to the hospital, and 4) they are unaware of the availability of preventive healthcare. Addressing these four areas could increase the likelihood that rural women take advantage of available healthcare not only in Udaipur but also in other Indian states.

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Lack of Access to Healthcare in Rural India

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The Indian Constitution, Article 21 establishes “Universal Healthcare” and stipulates that each state is responsible for providing healthcare within its borders. In the state of Udaipur, the case study under examination here, the state government provides healthcare through a system of public hospitals. By interviewing more than 100 women in three different rural communities in Udaipur in May 2019 this research project sought to explore the effectiveness of these local healthcare providers in providing preventive healthcare. Data collected by the Global Women in STEM and Policy cohort 3, shows that village women did not access their local health care preventive services, preferring instead to rely on home remedies and only visiting local healthcare providers as a last resort. This often led to advances in disease that could have been more successfully treated at an earlier stage. The main reasons cited by the women for their avoidance of the healthcare providers were: 1) they are afraid of western medicine, 2) they believe they can’t afford the visit, or the medicine, 3) they lack transportation to get to the hospital, and 4) they are unaware of the availability of preventive healthcare. Addressing these four areas could increase the likelihood that rural women take advantage of available healthcare not only in Udaipur but also in other Indian states.