Dr Aquinas Edassery is a doctor trained in St. Johns Medical College in Banglure.
She started Swasthya Swaraj to work in the remote forested district of Kalahandi in Odisha. Communities here do not have access to healthcare facilities in a radius of 100 kms. With 4 or 5 people Dr Aquinas started working in the remotest village , sometimes walking upto 25 kms in the forest to check up on patients.
Today Swasthya Swaraj is working in 75 villages. There is endemic Malaria and TB in the area and sever malnutrition is rampant. The infant mortality rate here is three times higher than the national average.