Danteshwari Hospital: The tribal Friendly Hospital
This is not merely a hospital of SEARCH.
It is the hospital emotionally owned by the tribals of Gadchiroli.
They have named it as "Maa Danteshwari Dawakhana"
after their own Goddess Danteshwari
The temple of tribal Goddess Danteshwari
is at the gate of Shodhgram, on way to the hospital. The visitors
can pray to their Goddess before reaching the hospital and
also as and when they feel so during their visit/stay
The OPD is a typical tribal hut like structure
modeled as a Ghotul or a tribal community hall
The doctors and nurses do not wear white
aprons or uniforms but wear simple clothes which reassures
the tribals that they are not ghosts with mysterious powers
The architecture of the hospital building
is like a typical tribal house with living chambers around
a central open space and verandahs traversing the chambers.
The central open space has trees with platforms built around
them. This enables the patients and visitors to meet each
other and exchange notes while they wait their turn to see
The indoor facility includes huts which
have been designed by the tribals specially for Danteshwari
Hospital. The patients (unless utmost necessary for medical
reasons) can stay with their relative in these huts.