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RDT Infrastructure

RDT’s growth for over 46 years, both in terms of geographic reach and staff numbers, has been accompanied by infrastructure needs. The Habitat sector is charged with keeping track of RDT owned-infrastructure and pacing itself with the growth of the organisation.

RDT’s Habitat sector builds and improves infrastructure for other RDT sectors such as hospitals, area development, rural clinics, residential schools, orphanages, sports centres, offices, training & meeting halls and staff quarters. In addition, it also provides drinking water to these premises.

RDT practices a land policy, where in land is not sought from the government, but is directly bought from private land owners. The central committee i.e. Moncho Ferrer & Sister Anna Ferrer form a 3-member team comprising of the Habitat Sector Director and 2 other Directors, who on getting clearance from RDT’s legal counsellor discuss with the locals, buy and get the property registered on behalf of RDT.

Offices – RDT

is headquartered at the Bangalore Road campus which was established around 1970-71. All the sector director offices as well as all the staff training facilities, canteen halls, staff housing and guest housing are stationed here.

“Over the years, we have partnered and been partnered by RDT in so many different projects. They are committed to the development and growth of Ananthapuram”
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There is another campus which was built in the 1970’s and started off as a grain storage unit for Food For Work programme. But when the programme was phased out, it was demolished and a family planning unit along with a community hall and the Professional Language School were built here. The first RDT field office was built in Kalyandurg during late 70’s (1978-80) and till now, RDT has built around 22 such offices to effectively run its programmes.

Health & Hospitals

Since 2005, RDT has been building clinics for its Health sector teams to function efficiently and reach far-flung communities effectively. So far, 17 such health clinics have been built. The clinics are laid out over 3000 sq. ft. area and have a doctor’s room, a store room, a porch and about 5 in-patient beds. RDT has three hospitals each in Bathalapalli, Kalyandurg and Kanekal and a specialised HIV/AIDS care facility in Bathalapalli. RDT is among the few NGOs that have chosen to house and care for HIV/AIDS infected orphan children from marginalised communities. Since 2011, RDT has constructed two such orphanages, one each in Bathalapalli &Kanekal which form a part of their respective hospital campuses and can house about 50 children each at a time.

CBR

The Habitat team has constructed 19 residential schools in the rural areas of Ananthapuram for Children with Disabilities. These are built in consultation with the CBR sector with all the facilities being disabled-friendly and optimised for easy mobility and access. The premises also house staff and guest living quarters. Each school has classrooms, labs, administration rooms, toilets/bathrooms, dormitories, sports facility, space for cultural activities and a physiotherapy room. In addition to these, there is also an audiology room for children with speech & hearing impairment. Also, there are Braille boards and labelling for children with visual impairment.

Since 2000, RDT has built 4 orthopaedics centres each in Kuderu, Bathalapalli, Kadiri and Kalyandurg, within its hospital campuses. Since these workshops are involved in making crutches and aids in the treatment given to People with Disabilities, they are constructed differently. The workshop structures are developed in consultation with orthopaedics and laid over a 5000 sq. ft. area having special railings, pedestals and special electrical input points for machines that require higher voltage & load bearing.

Sports – RDT

Endorses overall development of children that is why, sports is a sector that is dealt with due diligence. Sports-related facilities are available at three of RDT’s sports camps. One is a standalone sports village i.e. Ananthapuram Sports Village (ASV) built in the year 2002, while the other two, one each at Atmakur & Bathalapalli, are day centres for education & sports facilities. ASV is a fully fledged sports facility spread across 80 acres of land with 3 cricket grounds, 1 ground each for football & hockey, 1 tennis academy with 6 courts, archery range and indoor facilities for judo & boxing. In addition to these facilities, there are also arrangements for dormitories & guest accommodation. The Atmakur & Bathalapalli facilities are spread across 9 acres & 3 acres of area respectively. The Bathalapalli unit is a part of the hospital while Atmakur’s is a separate unit.

Both of these have a cricket ground, Kho-kho ground, Kabaddi ground and a volleyball court. In addition to the sports facilities, they also have departments for computers & English.

Women

Since its establishment, RDT has worked for the economic empowerment of women., An important development in this area is the construction of 5 vocational centres for training and production which includes 2 for Book-binding and one each for Kalamkari, papier mâché, jute weaving.

A shelter home has been built at Bathalapalli campus to extend rehabilitative support – the shelter can house up to a 100 women at a time and serve as a safe halfway house for women in distress.It is a part of the hospital campus. Stretched at an area of 4000 sq.ft. /1 acre, it has two dormitories with attached bathrooms, one dining area, a caretaker’s house and an office building. The dormitories have in-built sleeping platforms and do not require cots.

Campus infrastructure

All RDT campuses have staff housing facilities for ATL’s, STL’s, directors, doctors, administrative and caretaking staff. In total there are 456 staff quarters, and about 164 guest houses built by RDT. After the structures are built, they are handed over to the maintenance department that looks after the cleaning, repairs, water supply, power supply, gen-set maintenance, vegetation, housekeeping and security. A garage is also built for the transport department.

There are 7 auditoriums & 4 amphitheatres built across sectors for trainings and performances and each auditorium can hold 300-400 people.. To feed its extensive staff, RDT has built 28 kitchens and storage & dining halls with a capacity of 50-200 persons each.

HIGHLIGHTS
 
STAFF SPEAK
 

“When we join RDT, we are trained not just in our own sector, but are also made to understand the ways in which our work is interconnected with that of other sectors. I was surprised to notice that the actions of one sector are crucial in benefitting the other and was also proud to realise how we holistically benefit the community by working together. Working with RDT has given me a new perspective towards social development.” Name, designation

Mr. Bhavanarayana, Technical Director

SUCCESS STORY
 

The Paediatric Department at RDT Hospital, Kalyandurg was started in the year 2008 with 20 beds. The Hospital is located in a semi urban area to provide quality care at minimum charges to the children of rural areas. No paediatric services are available within approximately a 70 km radius of this hospital. Therefore, it becomes the sole facility which people in that area can utilise for paediatric consultation and treatment having around 350 outpatients and 250 inpatients every day for the same. As only 20 beds were available in the earlier in the facility and occupancy rate was very high, doctors used to refer the cases to other hospitals due to shortage of beds.

Keeping this problem in view, it was proposed to construct a new paediatric ward in the hospital. For efficient planning and effective long term utilisation of the new ward, the architects and engineers also considered the opinions of Paediatricians while designing it. The construction of the ward started in October 2013 and was completed in June 2015.

Now, total 29 beds are available in this ward including High Dependency, Isolation and Paediatric casualty. Because of the new ward, paediatricians are able to provide inpatient services to more children and the number of referred cases due to shortage of beds has greatly reduced. The hospital staff members also feel more contended as they can now serve more people and don’t have to send back anyone in need.

“Now we are able to provide good healthcare to more children. I am so thankful to RDT for constructing this child friendly building.” 

Dr. Ashok,
Director-RDT Hospital Kalyandurg, Head- Paediatric Department

PARADIGM SHIFT
 

The infrastructure growth has brought national level recognition to the district. Now, Ananthapuram is no more identified as a dry and underdeveloped region of Andhra Pradesh but as an example of social and economic strength and transformation.

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