Yerwada, where AIC works, remains well below every poverty line - with households of 10 to 12 people subsisting on less than $1 a day.
The health outreach program was begun in July 2007 to extend and complement the work of the education outreach program. Ashraya Initiative for Children has concentrated its efforts on the three key areas of education, advocacy and empowerment while providing any necessary medical treatment. In this way, they are treating the root causes of poverty (discrimination, exclusion and inequality) without neglecting the immediate and sometimes life-threatening symptoms (poor health outcomes).
With the opening of their new Health Education and Resource Center, they are able to provide more direct and immediate services, including health education classes and space for regular health "camps." These health camps bring in experts in a variety of medical fields for free screenings and treatment.
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