The Department of Prosthodontics and the Department of Public Health Dentistry of Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi, conducted Amritasmitham - The tribal outreach program, at Puthukode from September 1 to 2, 2009.
Amritasmitham, the tribal outreach program, thrives on the sense of social responsibility and accountability of the medical profession and thereby offers a replicable model to make available rehabilitative services to the unreachable populations. The mission of this program is to reach the unreached populations of Kerala, who often are geographically isolated and economically poorly equipped to seek treatment for dental ailments. The program also aims to provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to have a lived in experience of the health disparity faced by those belonging to the other end of the spectrum. It is a first-hand experience of working in suboptimal conditions purely on one’s own voluntary interest. This way the program paves to create way for many more such programs to be conducted by doctors who have experienced this. The program envisions to be able to provide highest possible level of care (within the limitations of the program) to all tribals who seek it. This is an attempt at achieving holistic care for all those who deserve it.