"For 15 years, a dedicated group of doctors has been running a health project in central India called Jan Swasthya Sahyog," the Guardian reports, writing, "In a country where many people have no access to health care, their hospital -- which relies on grants and donations -- serves a population of almost one million people in rural areas of Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh state." An accompanying video report examines how, "[i]n reaching this marginalized population, the initiative performs a vital service." Raman Kataria, a pediatric surgeon working with the organization, says in the video, "The most important thing which our work has done is to improve a sense of confidence in people, that you know, yes they can access a hospital, that the amount of money they have to spend in a hospital does not necessarily have to be a huge amount and that you can get appropriate care when it is required" (Pietrasik, 1/7).
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