Health Camps in Jute Mills

Improving Healthcare for Jute Workers in Barrackpore, West Bengal

GAP

The Swaniti team identified several challenges faced by jute workers, such as low wages, poor working conditions, and physical exertion of workers. Respiratory disorders like Byssinosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) were common due to prolonged exposure to jute dust on the shop floor.

SWANITI INTERVENTION

The Swaniti team conducted five pilot health camps for the jute mill workers. Talks were also initiated with hospital chains and corporates to have more such periodic health camps in the long run. A committee of Jute mill owners was been formed to create sustainable practices on the industry floor that would improve health outcomes. In addition, the team submitted a detailed report to the Standing Committee on Labour on the importance of bringing in preventive health care under the ambit of ESI Act.

IMPACT

Swaniti’s health camps impacted 1759 workers across 5 jute mills. The health camps were well received by the workmen and mill management and it was observed that there was a behavioral change in the workmen who proactively sought to protect themselves through increased usage of masks on the shop floor.