On September 15th, we held the first meeting with NGO clients, ie, All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Kalamandir, School of Hope and Family Planning Association of India(FPAI).
On the meeting, 4 NGO organization representatives explained current status, their thoughts, their visions, as well as the hardships they face. As one of CSC members, I was really inspired by their passion and enthusiasm.
Next, each CSC member introduced his work experience, expertise and feeling/inspiration on the assignment.
The organization I’ll be working with is known as FPAI (Family Planning Association of India). They support clinics all across India that specialize in family planning and reproductive health. Our team will be working specifically with the Singhbum branch which is located outside of Jamshedpur. This branch is unique however since it is the only medical facility in a 10km radius. Starting last year, the Singhbum branch was enhanced to now include a MSH (Multi-Specialty Hospital) including departments for general medicine, surgery, orthopedics, and obstetrics/gynecology. It is also equipped with two operation theaters for surgeries. The diagnostic needs of patients are met through a pathology and radiology department. There is a pharmacy on the premises providing generic drugs that are much more affordable than in other medical shops.While these new functions of the expanded clinic have offered real healthcare options to the surrounding area, the hospital is having difficulty keeping track of patients, budgets, assets and procurement. Our team is tasked with creating a framework including specifications and recommendations for a centralized HIS (health information system). FPAI will really benefit from the implementation of the project.