In tandem with the Bandra Holy Family Hospital, the Navjeet Community Health Centre established in 1996 provides Integrated Health Care, Comprehensive Education, and Community Development Projects to the rural and urban poor. The heart of Navjeet lies at the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra. This center is a beehive of activity – administrative offices, a clinic, a cafe, a library and a training center for vocational courses.
Navjeet mission is to improve health while addressing acute environmental and social problems. Navjeet’s core philosophy is to partner with disadvantaged communities to equip them with skills, knowledge, access to information and Government schemes. Navjeet steers health, education and community projects which are driven by the community.
Comprehensive Health Care:[box]Navjeet Health System is organised in a 3-tier system and is a model for urban health care:
Primary – At the doorstep
Secondary – At the Navjeet Clinic
Tertiary – Referral to Holy Family Hospital[/box]
Focus of health care:
Community Health Worker (CHW)
Navjeet Weekly Clinic:
Special Care for TB patients, Malnourished, HIV/AIDS Patients
The Right to Education:
The educational development programs are multi-dimensional and are carried out through the Early Childhood Learning Centers/Balwadis for children in 3-5 years age groups. 6-15 year olds attend BMC (municipal) schools which have been “adopted” by Navjeet and Evening Tuition Classes. Youth in the age group 16-25 attend educational and vocational skills development programs.
The Navjeet Woman is empowered through education, information, leadership training, community organisation and economic self help. Under the care and guidance of Navjeet, there are 12 Mahila Mandals and 30 SHGs, involving almost 1600 women, spread over Bandra, Khar, and Chembur.
Utkarsh – rural outreach:
In 2006, Navjeet began its rural outreach with the Katkaris in Shahapur.Taluka,Thane Dist. Navjeet’s plan is to uplift the lives of the Katkaris through Education, Health Care and Community Development programs, and to improve their economic status through Agriculture, Water harvesting, Livestock farming. Income generation projects have been initiated through Self Help Groups in areas of goat and buffalo rearing, stationery shop, canteen, and tailoring units.
Since Navjeet is attached to the Holy Family Hospital, there is a constant need for ward attendants for the patients. Accordingly, in 2002, Navjeet formed the Nav-e-Bureau to train ward attendants in patient care. Navjeet ensures a background check on every attendant and provides them specialised training in patient care. The bureau now maintains a register and ID cards are given to them. In this project, women and men are can earn a modest living.
AMAR COOPERATIVE CREDIT SOCIETY
Navjeet’s microfinance society is growing in membership, savings and loans disbursed. Small savings are encouraged and loans disbursed are for education, medical, business and personal and regular audits are conducted.
Navjeet reaches out to disadvantaged Senior Citizens, by providing them with a fair quota of rations, medicines and medical care. They receive regular health checks and are issued with medical history cards. We help them procure ID cards with which they can avail free travel and other facilities. Once a year, Navjeet felicitates them with a social get-together.[box]
Navjeet Community Health Centre
Holy Family Hospital, St. Andrew Road, Bandra (W)
Mumbai 400050, India
Phone: +91 (22) 26419956
Phone: +91 (22) 30610348
Office Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday
Visitors time to more about the work and meet the team – 10 am to 12 noon (Mon – Sat)