AAPI Clinic Pazhaverkadu

Primary Care + Psych Clinic


Tamil Nadu Liaison Officer:
Venkata Subramanian
venkatinsewa@yahoo.com
713-244-4992 (cell)

USA Liaison:


Malathi Koli: mrskoli@gmail.com
Cell: (210) 710-4221
Vijay Koli: vnkoli@gmail.com
Cell: (210) 710-4216

Location:


Pazhaverkadu, Tiruvallur District, Tamil Nadu.

NGO:


Sevabharathi Tamilnadu is the operating organization for running this unit.

Opened in December 2004

Pazhaverkadu is a small coastal village just hour and half drive from Chennai going North. Across from this village on mainland there is a cluster of small 14 villages. Life of villagers residing there had their lives and livelihood entwined with the sea and fishing. When tsunami hit on the shores of South India, the havoc it created with its horrendous waves left indelible mark in the lives of those who barely survived.

What started as an individual effort was quickly and largely supported by AAPI. Seva Bharathi local NGO joined hands in this heroic venture. The resources were scanty and devastation was beyond imagination.

The medical clinic initially started work as a mental health clinic and soon after the other medical services were introduced, such as health education, preventive health and shelter for orphaned children.

Clinic is held every evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dr. Harikrishnan is primary care of physician who not only serves in the clinic but also visits to adjacent villages to see patients. About 10-15 patients are seen in the clinic on daily basis. When the clinic is unable to handle very sick or critically ill patients, they are transferred to nearby General Hospital in Ponnevi. Recently the clinic acquired a van-cum-ambulance to transport patients. Recently a bridge was built between Pazhaverkadu, other 14 villages and mainland. It has facilitated transfer of patients to mainland much easier.

Clinic conducts health camps and promotes awareness of cleanliness. The camps are also held in nearby villages such as Light House Kuppam, Medhur and Thurupalai Vanam.

Right from the start, there was a need of an army of mental and social health workers. Today they are doing yeomen’s job. They do home visits, offer basic health education, primary health care, counseling and general support. Along with health workers, local school teachers are also involved in health education.

The clinic is thriving and making progress in delivering health care and promoting social awareness. Since its inception it has empowered many women to stand on their feet. Over the time effects of tsunami have faded, wounds are healed but scars are obvious.

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AAPI boasts of an enthusiastic membership of physicians of Indian origin across the United States. AAPI's charitable foundation (AAPI-CF) aims to serve the millions of people who could benefit from a good standard of medical services.Through the assistance and hard work of several dedicated and distinguished AAPI Physicians, the AAPI Charitable Foundation was established in 1992. Our Foundation was designed to provide an infrastructure support system for needy patients in India. Please help us to continue supporting our clinics by donating, volunteering, and spreading the word about our organization.

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