The mountains that dominate Uttarakhand can also isolate the region's rural, poor population.
The Cluster began in 2008 as a way to connect local healthcare organisations so they could share their skills and resources, and increase their impact. Now, over fifty groups meet for training, support and to run projects. Together, they've helped make big steps towards healthier communities in this region of northern India.
WHAT THEY'RE DOING
India's government outsources some of its healthcare training to the Cluster.
MEET A MEMBER
If we had not started the Cluster, people would be keeping a lot of important knowledge and skills to themselves.
Madhu Singh has been involved with the Cluster from the start.
She's worked in community health since the 1980s, and currently helps run a school and mental health project in the state capital Dehradun.
people with disabilities received assisted devices for their homes
young people and their families took part in a disability farming scheme
people completed the Cluster’s Community Health Training
young people took part in a mental health inclusion project
people attended a Cluster training event on Spiritual Health
students were funded by the Cluster to study a public health qualification