Village Health and Development program

For the  last many years Bel-Air Hospital has been  implementing a  comprehensive village health and development program in the hilly areas of Mahabeleshwar Taluka of Satara District with funding from various organizations.  The project area has 123 villages including 12 Muras with a total population of 72830. This  is one of the most inaccessible part of Maharashtra tucked in the Sahyadri hills across the Shivsagar lake created by the Koyana dam. The access is through country boats and in the monsoons boats do not ply. The program activities included conducting regular medical camps, awareness programs on health & hygiene, community meetings, capacity building of health workers working in the area, implementing safe drinking water supply system & water harvesting systems in the villages etc.

Since the implementation of the program, the villagers now have better access to quality health care. The overall health of the children in the target area has improved due to the nutritional support provided through the project. Villages have started kitchen gardening. Due to the rain water harvesting and water supply projects, drinking water needs are addressed.

Due to the project there has been a significant improvement in levels of hygiene and general health of the target population. There has been a marked change in the attitude towards medical care, institutional deliveries, hygiene, nutritional aspect, maternal health etc. 

The government noticed the excellent work being carried out by Bel-Air  the comprehensive health care provided to the rural villages of Mahabaleshwar Taluka.  The Government of Maharashtra handed over two PHCs at Taldev and Tapola and 14 sub-centres  and the Rural hospital, Mahabaleshwar to Bel-Air . This is the first time the Government has handed over such facilities to another organisation. The PHCs are now among the top performers in the District.