Access to Health Services in Under Privileged Areas: A Case Study of Mobile Health Units in Tamil Nadu and Orissa

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Banuru Muralidhara Prasad

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) - India Office

U. Dash

affiliation not provided to SSRN

V.R. Muraleedharan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

D. Acharya

IIT Kharagpur

S. Lakshminarasimhan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 2008

Abstract

Mobile Health Units (MHU) were introduced as early as 1951 in tribal areas in India, with the purpose of improving access to and utilization of health services for people living in under-served and inaccessible regions. The team members of MHUs vary between states but, in general, they consist of a physician, a pharmacist, an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), one or two paramedical staff, and a driver. Administratively, MHUs are associated with Primary Health Centres (PHC) and the medical officer of the PHC is in-charge of the effective functioning of the MHU. Whilst the activities of MHUs are usually planned at PHC level, their impact on health care equity is seldom discussed or taken into consideration during the planning stage.

Keywords: Mobile Medical Units

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

Prasad, Banuru Muralidhara and Dash, U. and Muraleedharan, V.R. and Acharya, D. and Lakshminarasimhan, S., Access to Health Services in Under Privileged Areas: A Case Study of Mobile Health Units in Tamil Nadu and Orissa (October 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1734234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1734234

Banuru Muralidhara Prasad (Contact Author)

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) - India Office ( email )

C-6
Qutub Institutional Area
New Delhi, 110016
India

U. Dash

affiliation not provided to SSRN

V.R. Muraleedharan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

D. Acharya

IIT Kharagpur ( email )

Department of Industrial Engineering & Management
Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302
India

S. Lakshminarasimhan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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