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We work among the most deprived, downtrodden communities.

Our work area is primarily in the rural areas. The focus is on the Purulia district but some of our interventions are also in Bankura and West Midnapur districts of West Bengal and four districts of Jharkhand – East Singbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Bokaro and Dhanbad. Our interventions in Jharkhand are in collaboration with Tata Steel Medical Unit.

The urban interventions are in slums of north Kolkata from Baranagar to Kamarhati, covering a 15 km stretch which is home to 1.5 lakh families. Poverty in the area is widespread and rehabilitation of child labour was one of the foremost tasks we had taken up along with health issues with special focus on eye-care. In these slums we work to give skill-training to women who are the major bread-earners, but remain mostly illiterate and children who have lost their childhood working as child-labour.


NANRITAM’s rural intervention was started with health camps in Para Block of Purulia district as early as 2005. In 2008, a 30-bed eye-hospital was set up in Barandanga village of Para Block. It has now grown into a state-of-art eye hospital with 100-beds which has become a referral hospital for eye-care under the NRHM eye-care Scheme. We also have mobile vans which travel to interiors of the region to take eye-care closer to the homes of the patients. Since 2012 these services were extended to rural areas in Bankura and West Medinipur. The communities who are the beneficiaries of our programmes mainly consist of tribal families, backward classes and OBC groups with a fair percentage of minority communities. In 2013 we have extended our eye-care services to - East Singbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Bokaro and Dhanbad - four districts of Jharkhand as well. From January 2015 we have started a eye-hospital in Jhargram in collaboration with the West Bengal Government Health department.

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