MOVEMENT FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH INTEGRATION & LIBERATION
Welcome to Muhil Garden
MUHIL as a concept and a Peoples Movement was born in 1992.
The United Nations Organization in 1990 call to people of good will, particularly those involved in the medical and health services, to get involved locally around the world in their HEALTH FOR ALL BY 2000 PROJECT.
Dr. V. Annal Fatima Rani, Rev. Dr. V. Clement Joseph, C. Ss. R and Rev. Dr. Michael Jeyaraj, S. J. together with a small group of experienced, qualified and dedicated men and women, (Lawyers, Engineers, Doctors, Priests and Nuns) thought of responding pro-actively to this call of the UNO.
Muhil is an acronym for Movement for Universal Health Integration & Liberation. www.muhil.org
MUHIL was launched in 1992 in Madurai in a small way covering a few villages in the vicinity of the Temple City of Madurai.
Muhil”, in Tamil, means ‘clouds’ (“karmuhil” = ‘rain bearing clouds’ or ‘monsoon clouds’), symbolizes the life sustaining energies for the agrarian economy of the monsoon dependent rain fed farm lands of Thirumangalam Taluk.
In 1994, Muhil Siddha Hospital was established in Nagamalai- Pudukottai to reach out to nearly 18 villages.
The Downtrodden and Poor People Charitable Medical, Educational and Welfare Trust was established in 1994 to stabilize the community health work in the villages.
Supportedby qualified, competent, experienced and dedicated persons, Muhil became a popular landmark for the people of the villages. By 1996 Muhil had reached into more than 30 villages of Thirumangalam Taluk of Madurai district with Community Health Delivery Programs, training Village Women Health Workers.
IIn 1998 the Muhil Siddha Hospital was shifted and renamed as Muhil Health Centre. Muhil Health Center was established in Muhil Gardens on NH 208, 6 Km from Thirumangalam Town, at the present location. Muhil began to work in 30 villages of 9 Panchayat Unions in Thirumangalam Taluk of Madurai District in Tamil Nadu. Since 2002 Muhil covers a total number of 80 villages.
- Most of the people are agricultural workers. Work is seasonal for men and women, and there are no sustained job opportunities round the year. Seasonal unemployment being a regular feature in this area, the people is undernourished, as they need to adjust food consumption according to the wages earned.
- While the villages are electrified and have drinking water supply, there are no proper sanitation facilities. Lack of sanitation facilities combined with malnutrition makes people disease prone.
- Fever, cold, tuberculosis and abdominal illnesses are most common. Skin infection, especially scabies, is common among children. Adults also suffer from skin infections. Chicken pox, measles, typhoid and hepatitis are common contagious diseases that regularly sweep through the villages.
- Culturally the people are conservative and prompted to action by taboos and prejudices. Many illnesses and diseases are regarded as punishment rendered to the families or villages by the gods.
- Women and children are regarded as weaker sections of society and often the cause of curse on the family and the village by the gods.
- Birth of a girl child is itself considered as an inauspicious event in the family and a curse on the village. Due to ignorance, the mother of the girl child is made to bear the entire responsibility for the gender of the offspring.
- Since normal medical, health and hygiene services and structures are beyond the means of the village people, they consider themselves resigned to their fate by suffering in silence and accepting deaths in families which can well be prevented with timely medical assistance and better organization of health care services in the villages.