Serve Train Educate People's Society-STEPS

STEPS NGO gives emphasis on Medical and health aspects of those particularly preventive and curative health related programmes, with a special focus on children, Adolescents, and Women with more specifically emphasis on strengthen integrated child health and awareness and advocacy services. MISSON: To provide better future to the most vulnerable women, children of those particularly deprived sections by protecting their health needs and rights women's reproductive health with an integrated approach. We believe that access to affordable health services are fundamental human rights. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES: To become centre of excellence in the field of medical and Health, Women empowerment, chi...
Aug 26, 2014

Supporting Senior Citizens of Kalahasthi

One of the community meetings
One of the community meetings

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Serve Train Educate People's Society-STEPS.

In order to get to this small town in Southern Andhra Pradesh, I had to catch a flight and then travel by road for another hour. All I knew was that Kalahasti is a small town and was expecting a small low capacity organization. What I found, was a modest office that runs healthcare services for 18 areas within Kalahasti, equipped with outreach staff, project leads, and community centers that address challenging areas of TB, Malaria, Pre-Natal education, Malnutrition and many other issues - all done with a very modest budget. 

At the center of all of this activity is Dr. Prameelamma, who has dedicated her life to servicing this community, along with her husband. As we travelled through and visiting multiple community center clinics in different slums, and heard stories from her about the community, there were so many people who would come up to her to say hello. Locally, she is known by almost everyone as she is frequently on the ground, seeing patients or running awareness sessions.  

What struck me was the sophistication in delivering their programs. An example is their TB program, which requires almost 100% outreach, so when they hear of even one outbreak, STEPS can mobilize to stop the spread. In order to accomplish this 100% reach in 16 areas, they work with grassroots organizations and trained outreach staff to survey, gather incidence information and run medical tests.

The malaria program, posted on global giving is another fantastic program. The patients Prameelamma recognizes that patients cannot travel far, so STEPS has set up local centers, where they see patients, distribute medication as per patient charts, conduct weekly meetings to educate communities on sanitation and prevention and nutrition. As you see the pictures on the project page, you can see the level of swelling and ulcers which are extremely painful and cause difficulty in walking. I learned that these are primarily due to malnutrion plus mosquito bites in these areas or drinking mosquito infested water. The local area is industrial and filled with quarries where stagnant water is prevalent. The result is that the weakest or the poorest and neglected segment of society suffers without access to adequate healthcare or nutrition. Several patients that I spoke to could not stop expressing their gratitude that this support was available and I feel privileged for having seen their work. 

One of the recipients of malaria care
One of the recipients of malaria care
Distribution of nutritional kits
Distribution of nutritional kits
Another patient receiving care
Another patient receiving care
One of the slums
One of the slums
A map of Kalahasthi and the impact in the city
A map of Kalahasthi and the impact in the city
Jun 26, 2014

Your help is taking care of Filariasis patients

G Venkatamma, Filariasis patient
G Venkatamma, Filariasis patient

Dear Friends,

Greetings from STEPS NGO

Your help is taking care of Filariasis patients in India

With your generous support STEPS NGO could able to provide treatment to poor Filariasis patients and makes them better living and give them an opportunity to recover from the disease.

 I am writing to share with you the story of G Venkatamma,filariasis patient who is taking treatment. She would like to thank everyone for the generous support received when she was suffering with the disease.

 Story from a beneficiary

I am 70 years old and suffering with Filariasis since 30 years. My husband G. Chenchaiah died during the year 2000. I am staying in 10-90, Salipeta slum, Srikalahasti, India.I am very poor and cannot afford treatment. Your donations helped to give basic materials to STEPS NGO for my treatment. Without your help probably I could not have been able to walk and move freely, said Venkatamma Thank you!

 

The team of STEPS NGO wishes to thank all of its donors on GlobalGiving, for their contribution to provide health care of the filariasis patients in Srikalahasti.

 We hope to continue extending treatment and check the spreading of the disease.

  Thank you and regards,

 Dr. P. Prameelamma

 

Apr 3, 2014

Awareness, care & treatment of Filariasis patients

J. Papamma, Filariasis patient
J. Papamma, Filariasis patient

Your help is providing awareness, care and treatment for Filariasis(LF) patients in India

 Dear Friends,

Greetings from STEPS

During the month of March, STEPS provided LF patients required medicines and treatment. Thank you for your support to our program awareness, care and treatment for Filariasis(LF) patients. STEPS NGO continues to support people who were diagnosed with Lymphatic Filariasis.

 We are very happy that  Neeharika Tummala representative of Global Giving visited STEPS NGO on 19-02-2014.She interacted with the Filariasis patients and gave suggestions to our NGO for effective implementation of the program.

We would also like to share with you a case study.

J. Papamma, 72 years, a resident of 10/303 Salipeta slum in Gajendra nagar, Srikalahasti Municipality suffering with Filariasis since 7 years (Right leg). In the beginning she was reluctant for taking treatment. She is having belief that there are no medicines for the disease.

One day she visited the STEPS UHC for general health checkup. During that time she told to the Medical officer that she is suffering with Flariasis since7 years and she is not taking any treatment. UHC staff gave counseling to her and advised her to visit the UHC once in a month for checkups and treatment. All her misconceptions were cleared. Every month she is attending the Health Centre and taking treatment regularly. She expressed that she is feeling better now and there is no spreading of the disease.

 

 Once again thanks for all donors for your continued support. We look forward to your support and suggestions on this report.

Thanks and regards,

Dr. P. Prameelamma

Neeharika Tummala with Filariasis patients
Neeharika Tummala with Filariasis patients
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