Asha’s First Ever Physiotherapy Unit Inaugurated
On 14 May, 2015 Dr Kiran inaugurated Asha’s Physiotherapy unit at Ekta Vihar slum colony. It was a joyous evening with the Mahila Mandal members sharing their journey of being associated with Asha and how the slum community has improved over the years. Slum lord of Ekta Vihar Bhoop Singh, Asha Community Health Volunteer (CHV) Bimla and Asha student Rajni joined Dr Kiran in inaugurating the Physiotherapy unit.
Equipped with state of art machinery, the Physiotherapy Unit will enable residents from Ekta Vihar and nearby slum colonies to access quality services at highly affordable rates for their musculoskeletal problems. With such services becoming more and more expensive in Delhi each day, Asha’s Physiotherapy Unit comes as a huge respite for the slum residents. The centre is equipped to provide electrotherapy, therapeutic exercise and manual therapy to treat patients.
“26 years ago nobody knew who I was. But today I am fondly known as Bimla Daai (midwife) in the entire Ekta Vihar,” shared Bimla while addressing the audiences. On behalf of the residents of Ekta Vihar slum colony she also thanked Dr Kiran and the Asha team for establishing the Physiotherapy Unit in their community. “I am so happy that we are launching this new facility today. It is something we [slum residents] cannot afford elsewhere,” she added.
The evening also included speeches by Asha’s University students who, with the support of Asha’s Higher Education Programme, are now studying at the prestigious Delhi University. “We should spread the word about Asha as much as possible. It would definitely benefit them and bring happiness to their lives,” said Kuashalya, who is pursuing her Masters Degree from Delhi University.
Overwhelmed with the gratitude expressed by the community, Dr Kiran recounted Asha’s 26 years in Ekta Vihar with great joy and congratulated each community member on all that has been achieved so far. “I am immensely happy to see this center today. It is now your responsibility to take care of this place with love and affection,” she added addressing the community.
The Asha team would like to thank our long time supporters Will Colhoun and Angus Cuthbert for their unparalleled support towards this project. Angus and Will have been instrumental in raising vital funds for this project over the past many months. Will, a practicing Physiotherapist, has also helped equipping the unit with his expert guidance.
Here are some pictures of the Physiotherapy unit: