Educated youth from tribal villages are selected and appointed as Village Health Workers.
They are trained to give first aid, organize medical camps, conduct health education classes etc and appointed as Village Health workers. They are also given first aid kits.
The VHW help patients to seek medical advice in time, organise sanitation campaigns in their villages, motivate patients with eye problems to reach eye camps, support mentally ill patients and their families.
Altogether the VHW provide first aid to more than 15000 patients in a year.
This programme was started in 2008 and forms the backbone of all community health projects started by the mission.These volunteers are now present in 100 tribal hamlets situated in Agali, Pudur and Sholayur panchayats of Attappady.
The VHW are also present in tribal villages located deep inside the forests. The work of VHW is supervised by Village Health Coordinators in each Panchayat.
Every month the Village Health workers come together to review their work and to plan for the next month. There are annual training programmes for the VHW in which they are given awareness about health problems and their community level management.The Village Health Work Project is supported by Tribal Integrated Development and Education Trust, Mumbai.