There are 2 types of sub-centres:
Permanent sub-centres: the unchanging sub-centres are set-ups placed in a permanent place and has a specific health worker from the village. There are at present 5 permanent sub-centres.
Mobile sub-centres: the mobile sub-centres are set-ups placed in a given location of work (mainly schools) and which are shifted when necessary to other places, and has different health workers designated depending of the location.
Process of work
- Check-up of all children by class for screening the dental problems are recorded.
- After the screening, the treatment schedule is prepared and the classes are visited accordingly.
- A batch of 4 children in average are taken out of the class for the treatment in order to give them confidence and are engaged in the child to child programme.
- A check-up is done again on the spot before doing the scaling, sealant, or filling.
- If there is a deeper problem, they are referred to the dentist immediately.
At the Sub-centres:
- Same process is done, for the students of the schools which are part of ADCERRA’s programme.
- Check-up and the necessary treatment are done on the spot for the children who do not attend the schools under the programme and for the adults. And if they have deeper problem, the patients are explained about the situation and requested to meet the dentist.
- At the same time, they are also given a brief info on oral hygiene and how to maintain it.
To summarize the process:
- Survey to assess the status of dental/oral health: check-up.
- Education to maintain a good hygiene – the basis of dental/oral health: brushing demonstration.
- Tartar on teeth by lack of hygiene: removal by manual scaling.
- Risk of caries, especially on permanent teeth: sealant applied in the grooves to keep them healthy
- Caries (small cavities): filling the cavities (mainly primary teeth, sometimes permanent teeth) through “ART” technique to stop further degradation.
The 5 fixed Sub-centres
Edayanchavadi Village-ADCERRA Sub-centre
Edayanchavadi ADCERRA Sub-centre
Edayanchavadi was used as a rest house in the olden days for travellers.
The Auroville Health Centre got permission from the village leaders to use this building free of charge, as it was, was standing vacant.
Initially the building was repaired by Auroville Health Centre, and in 2008 by the second project ‘Healing Centre’ by Thamarai Learning and Cultural Centre. The building is also used for Integral Health activities, along with education on herbal plants to children of the village school.
The Dental Sub-centre: started performing treatments from 1995. It provides necessary treatments to the villagers and the students of the Government school of Edayanchavadi, by Mrs. Amsaveni.
Distance: 6 kms from Auroville Dental Centre in Protection
Hours of the Centre for dental treatments: every Tuesday from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Hours of the Centre for wound dressings: Mrs. Amsaveni as General Health Worker does wound dressings from Monday to Saturday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Moratandi Village: ADCERRA Sub-centre
Infrastructure: the building, which belongs to Auroville, was built in the early 1970s by an Aurovilian. It was repaired by Auroville Health Centre in 1994 and has been in use since then.
ADCERRA: has been using the infrastructure to provide dental care since September 1996. Mrs.Shanti the Dental Health Worker, who lives in the village performs scaling on Saturdays for children and villagers, and also gives basic care for the students of Moratandi Government School.
Distance: 8 kms from Auroville Dental Centre in Protection.
Hours of the Centre for Dental Treatments: every Monday from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.
Hours of the Centre: from 9:30AM- 1:00 AM.
Periyamudaliyarchavadi (PMC) Village: ADCERRA Sub-centre
Infrastructure: the building was built by the efforts of Youth Group with the support and sponsorship of Auroville Village Action Group in 1999. This village had no dental or health facilities. This building is also used for Self-Help group, Empowering woman. During the evenings, children are provided education by the youth.
Distance: 2 kms from Auroville Dental Centre in Protection.
Hours of the Centre for Dental Treatments: every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM.
Poothurai Village: ADCERRA Sub-centre
Infrastructure: The Poothurai Dental Sub-centre was built in collaboration between Poothurai village and Auroville Health Centre on the village public land in May 1996. Poothurai village contributed 1/3 of the expenses of the building.
It has 2 Dental Health Workers, Mrs.Vijayalakshmi and Mrs.Lakshmi.
ADCERRA: The Sub-centre functions since 1996. The Dental Health Workers living in the village perform basic care to the villagers (scaling, sealants and ART).
Distance: 15 kms from Auroville Dental Centre in Protection.
Hours of the Centre for Dental Treatments: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Hours of the Centre for wound dressings: Mrs.Laskshmi as General Health Worker, does the wound dressings everyday from Monday to Saturday (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Rayapudupakkam Village (RPP): ADCERRA Sub-centre
Rayapudupakkan Village (RPP)
Infrastructure: the village contributed one third of the building expenses along with the Auroville Health Centre which gave the other third and sits on the village land.
Distance: 12 kms from the Dental Centre in Protection.
Hours of the Centre for Dental Treatments: every Monday and Thursday from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Hours of the Centre for wound dressings: both Mrs.Maniyammal and Mrs.Shanthakumari continue to be also General Health Workers. They do the wound dressings from Monday to Saturday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Primarily our focus is on school children to improve oral health by prevention, treating early caries and promoting awareness on oral health.