Maharashtra is one of the poorest states in India and access to basic healthcare is difficult. A group of women, including Sarubai Salve, works to provide care.
Salve and a group of villagers in Jawalke pray for rain. She and Bernard Fontanille walk to the next village to visit Salve's patients. Salve received training from a program started in the 1970s.
Salve treats a woman experiencing swelling and high blood pressure. The patient discusses allowing someone from a lower cast to provide care.
Salve is a Dalit; India has approximately 170 million untouchables. Salve treats a patient with diabetes.
Salve helps reduce the impact of diseases. She discusses her childhood and life as an untouchable as she and Fontanille wander through the market. Salve's granddaughter attends school; she wants to be a doctor or engineer.
Salve examines a pregnant woman and determines she is lacking iron and vitamins. Patients explain why they trust Salve even though she is not a doctor or nurse. Fontanille reflects on Salve's abilities.
Fontanille joins Salve at a meeting for women's rights. Aquila explains the use of a puppet show to educate women. She reflects on societal changes.
Credits: India II: The Angels Of Maharashtra—World Medicine
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Like everywhere in India, overpopulation and the caste system make access to care very difficult in the village of Jawalke. Recently, a few untouchable women who did not know how to read or write were trained in health care. Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille follows one of these women on her daily rounds.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2013
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