Management Funda – N Raghuraman
If you are looking forward to do something for society, then you should have a big heart, such is the inspiring and motivating story of Ratanamma, who was married 30 years ago but had no children. She adopted her sister’s daughter and started taking good care of her, but her world came crashing down when she learned that the little girl suffers from Type – I Diabetes. She could feel the pain of not only her daughter but also other people who suffered from diabetes.
She decided to help the people in what ever capacity that she could, this was the new beginning for Ratanamma.
Ratanamma, is a well known entity in surrounding villages of Ramnagar District in Karnataka which is 45 Km’s away. She is considered no less than a doctor as she doesn’t hold any medical degree and how could she, as she has not even completed her 8th grade. Her husband is an auto-rickshaw driver, but still villagers wait for her eagerly. She adorns her white apron and visits the villagers thrice a week along with her diabetes and blood pressure testing kit.
She advises people to change their lifestyle, also advises them what to eat and what not to eat, if she finds that the case is critical she sends the patient to the nearest hospital. She realized the magnitude of the disease related to diabetes when she saw her daughter taking the insulin to keep the diabetic levels at normal.
At very same time she came in contact with an NGO called Jansenjeevani. The NGO provides training to those people who wants to bring awareness among the people who are suffering from diabetes. During the training the volunteers are trained in areas like how to measure or check blood pressure or check the level of diabetes. Later the patients are also advised by the volunteers, as what to do or what to eat in situations like this. If the case is critical then the patient is referred to the hospital. Ratanamma is doing all this, besides many other volunteers and creating awareness about diabetes.
Volunteers advise patients where the related resources are available, and what kind of help is available to them. This very inspiring and motivating project started by “Jansanjeevani” is called “Madhur-Sanjeevani”. The patients suffering from acute levels of diabetes are also helped with Insulin. The NGO has trained their volunteers in the same way as China’s Barefoot Doctor Scheme.
At the rural level in China, these services are provided at Community Health Centers for better health services, the reason to name it bare foot is because the trained Rural Health Worker visits the needy for check ups from one place to another on bare foot.
Here at Jansanjeevani, like Ratanamma has been able to inspire and motivate a team of 16 volunteers, who in four months have covered about 1000 people who are living villages near Bengaluru, the volunteers are free to charge a nominal fee in return for their services but as for Ratanamma she offers her service free of cost. Not only this every Sunday she attends regularly the training sessions at Jansanjeevani. She also delivers lectures to the new volunteers and learns a new experience every time, this is her routine.