A roadmap to improve health care services in Jodhpur city slum through resource mapping
Resource mapping identifies the resources that can realistically be used for health related interventions, programmes and during an emergency. The primary objective was to locate the basic healthcare related resources available in that area. Secondary objectives were to Understand and compare these resources along certain important dimensions using qualitative methods and identify gaps, share the findings with stakeholders and recommend interventions.
METHODS Manual Mapping method was used to locate the available healthcare related services in urban slum area. FGDs were held to compare utilization of resources along eight dimensions. In depth interviews were held with existing healthcare service providers, stakeholders and local residents to assess their utilization and needs .
RESULTS Existing health services used by community were local herbal clinic, district hospital, Anganwadi Centre ,mobile clinic , wellness clinic and AIIMS .
CONCLUSIONS -The manual mapping and qualitative techniques used showed that existing resources lacked in (1) providing in situ primary care (2) clinical services by a female gynaecologist 3) health education services to address existing drug addiction and substance use .This exercise helped in rapid need assessment and prioritizing of interventions.
Keywords – resource mapping, urban slum,
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