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PDMDS in Rural and Peri-Urban Communities


Lack of awareness about Parkinson’s has resulted in many people remaining undiagnosed, especially in rural and lower socio-economic areas. Through its community outreach project, the PDMDS is reaching out to socio-economically challenged sections of society.

The PDMDS collaborates with local and government bodies to identify people with neurological conditions in these areas.

  • Government Health Workers & Asha workers- Government health workers and Asha workers work at grass root level and therefore are trained in identification of Parkinson’s.
  • ICDS teachers- ICDS teachers who are familiar with their community are trained in identification of Parkinson’s.

Besides the replication of its core activities, the PDMDS conducts door to door surveys and neurological medical camps in order to identify undiagnosed cases in such locations.

The PDMDS thus offers services in the Dharavi slums and BDD chawls of Mumbai, to the rural populations of Asangaon, Vasind and Nalasopara, on the outskirts of Mumbai, as well as in the tribal regions of Kaprada in Gujarat.

This year, the PDMDS initiated its first independent rural initiative outside Mumbai, with Nashik at its base.