Santé Auroville Institute for Integral Health is a health care service available for the resident community of Auroville and its visitors. It subscribes to the principle that the human being is more complex than merely the combination of biology and physiology. We endeavour to offer all our visitors quality multidisciplinary healthcare in a pleasant, peaceful and safe environment.
What is the Integral Healthcare System?
One way to look at it is that the body is more like a garden than a machine. One can separate each part from the other in a machine and still clearly understand its function. Whereas for a garden to be healthy and to flourish, many multi-dimensional relationships need to be in balance; the seeds, the soil, proper sunlight, temperature, water availability, and nutrition - to name a few.
The Integral model of medicine is a collaboration of multiple health disciplines working together to provide comprehensive, holistic healthcare that effectively addresses conditions where individual treatment models are limited or fall short.
Integrative healthcare focuses on affordable, minimally invasive therapy. The prevention and treatment of illnesses borrow from a far-reaching knowledge base that incorporates treatment strengths of diverse health modalities.
Integral healthcare goes beyond treating physical symptoms to address the root causes of illness to help restore the body to a healthy balance. This requires the development of ever-evolving, holistic methods of diagnosis and treatments.
Santé puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual influences that affect a person's health. Patient care is based upon diverse treatment modalities in a complementary relationship that is individually tailored to a patient’s needs.
To support this process of integration, health navigation, shared medical records, and patient care conferences are essential elements, thus enabling people to regain and maintain optimum health in their day-to-day life. Wellness must be sustainable; and it can only be possible if patients take significant responsibility for their wellbeing by embracing a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Santé offers a list of integral health care services, treatments and therapies.
- Allopathic Medicine
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Family Counselling
- Midwifery and Gynaecology
- Ozone Therapy
- Paediatric Physiotherapy
- Wellbeing and Medical Massage
- Out-Patient Care
- In-Patient Facilities
- Auroville Ambulance Service (24 x 7)
- First Aid and Nursing Care
- Lab Sample Collection
- Medical Homecare for those in need
- Research, Prevention & Education
- Acute Care Services
In light of the evolving situation with the Covid-19 outbreak, Santé, other AV health service providers and the Working Committee have been working with Government health officials to safeguard the wellbeing of the community residents on many levels.
Acute patient care services remained accessible including continued support for infected and quarantined patients. Ayurveda immunity boosters were made available to the Auroville residents, publications on how to manage stress and isolation during this time were circulated and research on the symptoms and treatment of long-term Covid effects were explored. Outreach education to the residents of the local bioregion was facilitated in collaboration with the Auroville Village Action Group.
Santé manages its day-to-day running expenses and the maintenance of the clinic with the nominal Auroville Central Fund budget.
Donations, by way of qualified volunteer practitioners, medical equipment, and financial aid, help to grow and develop Santé so it may serve its patients better, the integral way.
Santé welcomes trained professionals from various healthcare disciplines to volunteer.
If you are interested in helping, please fill in the Santé interest form. There are several regulations (primarily for foreign volunteers) from the Indian Government. To learn more about volunteering in Auroville, we encourage you to contact SAVI, Auroville's Volunteer service, on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the SAVI website.
Financial contributions for Auroville's development are channelled through the Auroville Unity Fund, from where donations are directed to the designated projects.
For the latest information about Santé, its donation gateways and volunteering opportunities, please check out the Santé website.
Auroville Health FundCollectively Taking Care of Each Other
Based on the goals of an ideal futuristic society envisioned by The Mother, where individual worth is more important, Auroville Health Fund being one of the bedrock services of Auroville, offers an in-house cooperative insurance scheme system for the collective health care of Aurovilians and helps them to manage the cost of their medical needs.
VéritéCentre for Integral Learning, Living & Yoga
Vérité is a multi-faceted project within Auroville, the international "city for human unity" founded in 1968, based on the principles of Mother and Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga.
Dedicated to creating an environment that nurtures individuals and groups to realize their fullest potential, Vérité is a meeting ground for people who are interested in developing capacities and skills to manifest positive change, both personal and collective.