Accessible healthcare for vulnerable children in Tamil Nadu


Charity: Action for Community Transformation India Foundation (ACTIF)
Project objective: To perform regular health checks at creches and clinics in isolated communities.

Location: Kodanikanal, Tamil Nadu
Project funding to date: £22,000
Project Commenced: January 2012

Through a successful and well-established partnership with Action for Community Transformation India Foundation (ACTIF), Dr Arun Kolhatkar provides health check-ups for vulnerable and underprivileged children within the Kodaikanal community in the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu. This is a remote and rural region where many people are living in poverty with little or no access to health care. 

Dr Kolhatkar makes weekly visits to several creches in the region. This provides an excellent opportunity to examine any child who appears unwell, as well as providing general health check-ups for all the children attending the creches. Dr Kolhatkar sees between 50-80 children each week. Through this vital health care support, the communities within the Palani Hills have experienced improvement in general health, they have established trusting relationships with health professionals as well as gaining access to medicines and specialist health care previously unavailable to them. 

Dr Kolhatkar also makes visits to a local village clinic where he will see between 5 and 15 patients on each visit and is able to follow up with children who are living with chronic conditions as well as treating acute illness. Dr Kolhatkar has been able to access funds for expensive on-going treatment for any chronically sick child who needs long term treatment through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.


Moving forward, continuing his successful partnership with ACTIF, Dr Kolhatkar has plans to establish 'health camps' in the region, fully accessible to tribal villagers who can't afford medical care.

Adventure Ashram is proud to support Dr Kohatkar and view this collaboration between him and 2 small local organisations as a positive example of collaborative working. We aim to provide a grant of £3,000 per annum towards this valuable programme.  

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Thank you! 

Project Update

We would like to send our best wishes to Doc who has announced he will be stepping down from his work providing health check-ups for vulnerable and underprivileged children in the creches in Tamil Nadu, India. For the past nine years Doc and Adventure Ashram have supported hundreds of underprivileged creche-aged children in the Kodai area with regular health checks, nutritional supplements, and vital health care support. Adventure Ashram has been very proud to support this valuable work and we want to thank Doc wholeheartedly for his vision, dedication, and passion for providing a healthier future for so many young children.

We are currently in conversation with local trusts and exploring other ways Adventure Ashram can support the creche children going forward. 


Dr. Arun Kolhatkar provides children regular health checks at creche's in the Palani Hills.