Based in a remote Himalayan region of Arunachal Pradesh, Pemako Health Initiative was established by Kathy Morrow in May 2010 after her own pilgrimage to the area as a healthcare volunteer. Mission: “To address the most basic and pressing Family and Maternal Child Health needs in remote villages beyond the reach of local services to promote healthy families from birth.” The Pemako, or ‘lotus array’ area has a poorly developed healthcare infrastructure in comparison with the neighboring states in India. Some of the biggest challenges include a lack of permanent facilities, trained providers, and modern equipment. The inhospitable terrain and a volatile border make access to health facilities even more challenging. A Maternal Child Health Program was designed in 2010. PHI is training local women and men as Master Trainers who will in turn train others as Family Health Care Workers. PHI is also assisting villages in obtaining clean water solutions and improving sanitation. PHI is training local women and men as Master Trainers who will in turn, train others as Family Health Care Workers. PHI is also assisting villages with low-cost, appropriate clean water solutions and improving sanitation. It is expanding into 5 more villages, and has been asked to take charge of two clinics from another NGO. Recently, PHI has strengthened its connection to India’s National Health Mission, which will facilitate its expansion.
For more information on Pemako Health Initiative, visit their website.
Founder and Executive Director — Kathleen Morrow