Several villages across the country see their people suffer for a lack of basic healthcare. These villages lie in far-flung areas which are not equipped with primary healthcare, let alone specialised aid. The negligence is bad enough but the bigger problem the villages face is the lack of proper resources.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited (HCCBPL) conducted a survey of 3 villages around its Brynihat plant in the North East. These villages namely, Nonghthymmai, Bourbin and Rangsokana, lacked basic health care and sanitation facilities, the reason HCCBPL took them under its wing.

It joined hands with a Guwahati based NGO, Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi and set up Aarogya Health Clinics and kiosks in these villages where qualified doctors and trained nurses would tend to the patients. The villagers were handed health cards and could also get themselves monitored at health check camps.

Healthcare is, of course, incomplete without proper sanitation facilities. HCCBPL set up over 35 household toilets in the villages and even helped generate labour and livelihood for the people.

After the infrastructure was set up, it was handed over to the local community to maintain. The local communities have benefited tremendously from the project. Not only has the initiative helped them become self-reliant but it has also paved the way for a better tomorrow. Today, these villages are looked up to for the precedent they have set for other backward areas to take a cue from. And they are just a few of the many villages HCCBPL has taken up.

After all, only when the basics are taken care of, will the villages be able to progress to more advanced lifestyles.