Friday, January 18, 2008

INDIA: Applications are invited for voluntary service of qualified doctors to assist tuberculosis patients in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

January 18, 2008

An Announcement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

INDIA: Applications are invited for voluntary service of qualified
doctors to assist tuberculosis patients in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) invites applications from
qualified Indian doctors for full-time field work in a project to
help the identification and treatment of tuberculosis patients in and
around Varanasi, India. The initial phase of the contract will be for
a period of six months, preferably starting from the 1st week of
February 2008.

The AHRC is concerned about widespread tuberculosis infection, in the
area, particularly among the weaver community in Varanasi. In the
recent past, the AHRC has repeatedly called upon the state government
to take immediate steps to address this issue. For further
information, please see AHRC-OL-036-2007
The AHRC is worried about the inadequacies of the public health
services provided by the state government in addressing this issue.
The intention of the AHRC initiative is to continue the voluntary
health services for tuberculosis patients in and around Varanasi
until the state government takes appropriate action to address this
issue and provide necessary services for those who require immediate
medical assistance.

There are large numbers of persons infected with tuberculosis in
Varanasi who are unable to get even basic facilities for treating
tuberculosis, like x-rays or other medication for treating the
disease. The state government on the contrary has claimed that it has
allocated funds and made other arrangements to treat tuberculosis
patients. This claim, has however, is not felt among the people. For
example, in Lohta village of Varanasi District, there are large
numbers of persons suffering from tuberculosis who have been even
denied proper diagnosis by the state government-run public health

The voluntary project by the AHRC would involve free consultations
and develop programmes to provide the patients with appropriate
medication. This project is to prevent further deterioration of the
health conditions of the people who have already been identified as
being infected with tuberculosis.

Remuneration and other service conditions will not be an impediment
for the right candidate and are negotiable. The ideal candidate will
be a doctor from Uttar Pradesh state who could also read and write
Hindi and Bhojpuri. Please mail your application with a covering
letter and a resume with the expected remuneration to the address
provided below to reach Hong Kong by 30 January 2008.

Applications can be sent to:

South Asia Desk
The Asian Human Rights Commission
19/F Go-Up Commercial Bldg
998 Canton Road
Mongkok, Kowloon
Hong Kong SAR.

Fax: (852) 26986367

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional
non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights
issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

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