This thesis is an observation study of the work at a Norwegian Primary Health Care Center localized in a village in India. The health care work is organized by The Methodist Church of Norway but the main fiancial contributor is Norad.
The aim of our task is to present what kind of health care work is being performed at the clinic and to disseminate our impression about the importance of this work for the local population. In November-December 2004 we spent five weeks in the Hathras and Aligarh district, which is an area localized in the northern part of India.
Methodist Rural Public Health Care Center was establised in 1962 and includes three clinics in three different villages; Mursan, Beswan and Karhari. MPHC offers a range field of medical services in an area with a population of two million people.
The matter of MPHC is to act on the community by performing both therapeutical and profylactical interventions. By focusing on a change of attitude in relation to women, sick people and the poor, MPHC also integrates these classes into the society. Other important issues of mind are education and enlightenment. Employment of local inhabitants in the program has lead to successful results. Since the establishment, the essential areas of health care have been gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics and infection. The exchange of clinical information through telemedicine between Rikshospitalet and MPHC is a proof of MPHC`s power to renewal and potential for new achievements.