“THE MEDICS” (Non Government Organization)
“We don’t consider social work as a service to the people but as a service to the almighty…instead of ‘I’ we are moving towards we.”
OUR VISION: “A caring and equitable society, free of deprivation and strife”
OUR MISSION: “To facilitate and develop processes that improves the quality of life of people in need”
THE MAN BEHIND “THE MEDICS”
Dr. Dilip Samal is the person who stood as a pillar for “The Medics”. Born in the year 1963 in Tainsi- a small village near the famous sanctuary area of Tikarpada in Angul district to Sulochana samal and Nakul Chandra Samal; he went to Similipada primary school in Angul town. Being a meritorious student he got a scholarship from standard 3 and in the year 1975 he was one of the 12 students of Odisha who were selected for the Government of India merit scholarship and went to complete his Madhyamik examination (10th Std) in one of the best schools of the country – Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith Purulia in West Bengal, in the year 1980. From here, he inculcated the idea of serving mankind besides achieving high standard of education. In 1980, he joined the Famous BJB college of Bhubaneswar, and in 1983, he joined VSS Medical College at Bulra, Sambalpur in Odisha. He completed the Medical courses in 1989, and soon after he wanted to do something different than just treating patients and earning money.
He came across Mr. Bibhu Kalian Mohanty, who was the regional director for the eastern India for Indo German Social Service Society (IGSSS presently Indo Global Social service Society)-New Delhi, who mentored him to proceed in the path of voluntary sector. Dr Samal got the SMILE fellowship from IGSS and went to many reputed organizations to learn how they started and functioning at present. During this exposure, he got the opportunity to work with the famous Comprehensive Rural health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed which was established by Magsaysay Awardee Padmabhusan Dr. Raj Arole, Dr. H Sudarshan’s Vivekananda Girijan Kalyan Kendra (VGKK) and Karuna Trust at B R Hills – Karnataka, Stan and Marry’s ACCORD- Gudlur – Tamilnadu, Social service center at Ahmed Nagar – Maharastra and Dr Kanailals CHIRAG at Sitla Mukteswar – Nainital. After returning from the exposure trip, he established “THE MEDICS” and started visiting the villages in the Chhendipada block of Angul district. In those days he visited these villages by foot and returned to Angul in night by bus. During this, he established rapport with villagers and made them aware about the preventive and promotive aspects of health besides treating them for different ailment. Then he got two Bicycles and some medicine from Bani Jagtiani trusts New Delhi and started establishing community clinics which is funded by the villagers. Dr Samal used to prescribe medicine form that the people used to buy the generic medicine which has a very low cost for their own stock and thus revolved the fund. In 1996 IGSS supported The Medics for the Integrated Community Health project for two years thereafter, Misereor, Germany supported for next six years. During this time he came across VHAI ie Voluntary health Association at New Delhi and became a member and subsequently a Governing Body member for its sate chapter ie. The Orissa Voluntary Health association (OVHA). In the year 2001 taking a call from the Orissa state AIDS control society (OSACS) The Medics started working with them to address different problems those are faced by the persons vulnerable for the HIV and AIDS as well the persons living with HIV and suffering from AIDS and till to day the fight is going on. The Medics implemented all such project on HIV and AIDS which no other organization has done in the state of Odisha, till today.
HOW THE JOURNEY BEGAN?
In the year 1989 five medicos of V.S.S Medical College Burla, Orissa were discussing the prevailing conditions of rural Orissa with special reference to the health status. Finally they came to conclusion that whenever a programme is being conceived one has to give equal importance to every aspect of life & it is to be implemented the same way. Then only it will be successful. During this discussion the idea of establishing a pioneer organization with a unique vision “ALL ROUND DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL ORISSA” was conceived. From this born “THE MEDICS” Present Director-Cum-Secretary is playing the key role in materializing the above vision. The Medics was registered on 11th march 1992.
ACTIVITIES OF “THE MEDICS”
The Objectives of “The Medics” is as follows :
To Promotive health Awareness
-School Health programmes
-Imparting training to selected rural women to work as Village Health Workers
-Immunisation against communicable diseases
-Maternity and Child care
-Supplementary Nutrition Programme
-Running Mobile Clinics
-To establish Community Clinics
-Providing low cost generic medicines
-Welfare activities for the Blind, The Aged and Physically Handicapped
-Income generation programmes to raise the living standards of the Rural Mass by adopting Appropriate Technology.
-Programmes to increase the food production by Multipurpose, Dry land farming and adoption and propagation of the modern techniques
-Self employment programmes for Women through Self Help Groups.
-Environmental awareness for conservation and sustainable growth
-Preparation of Environmental materials for school children
-Watershed development Projects
-Nursery raising and plantation
-Adult literacy programmes
-Formal and Informal education
-Child – to-Child programmes for propagation of Health and Health related ideas.
-Leadership development by organizing the youth, farmers and womenfolk
-Developmental programme against alcoholism, drug abuse, and dowry system
-Child rights programmes
-Programmes for upliftment of the socio-economic condition of the poor.
-To practice and carry out research on the Indigenous and traditional medicines.
-To organize cultural programmes
-To promote Indigenous art and crafts.
-Awareness generation amongst the rural population on the benefits of leading a healthy and hygienic life.