Dashrath Manjhi, also called the Mountain Man, was an Indian man who dug a road through a mountain to reduce the distance to medical health. Instead of 70 km around the mountain to the nearest hospital, the distance was reduced to one km. It took him 22 years to make the break-through. Truly a man with a mission to help his community despite the doubts from others.
Dashrath Manjhi was literally breaking down barriers to ensure easier access to health services. Working in the health literacy field we also seek to make it easier for people to access, understand, appraise and apply health information and services to improve their quality of life. We often too encounter doubts from the environment when we start changing organizational and societal infrastructures to make the patient journey easier and less bumpy. The story of Dashrath Manjhi shows, however, that our efforts can be rewarded if we adopt his attitudes of commitment, systematic approaches to our work and endurance to keep on going despite the bulk of work ahead of us
"Persistence is the most powerful force on earth, it can move mountains" - Albert Einstein.