PCDP has trained 118 village women as Basic Health Workers. They diagnose and treat basic illnesses and diseases and advise patients when to see a doctor or seek hospital treatment. These Basic Health Workers keep a stock of common medicines and try to cover the cost of these medicines from those treated.
However, the high cost of medicines and the low income of many of the patients means that these Basic Health Workers each need a subsidy of £ 1.50 per month, i.e. £ 18 per year, to replenish their stock of medicines.
The total cost to subsidize medicines for all 118 basic Health Workers would be £ 177 per month, i.e. £ 2,124 per year.