1986 also saw the beginning of our health care programme, spurred by three maternal mortalities that could have been prevented with simple interventions. As luck would have it, we were blessed with 3 professionals from the medical field, Drs. Roopa and Deva as well as Ms. Sujatha D’Magry. Together they trained the first group of community health care workers from women selected from within the community.
If planting tea changed the way society viewed them, then their role as medical professionals completely transformed it. Suddenly, people were looking up to them with respect as supported by Deva & Rupa, they went about their task of demystifying medicine.
In the meanwhile, more youngsters continued to join our team. Designated as “Animators”, they were responsible for inspiring the community to join the movement.