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An immunization camp in Sagwada village was initiated by Seva Mandir because of the lack of basic healthcare facilities there.
The nearest general health center is 7km away and the nearest center where immunization is undertaken is 4km away. Many of the women and children of Sagwada are simply unable to undertake these journeys and therefore often missed out on routine immunization.
Kali, a resident of Sagwada who has attended the Seva Mandir camp, shared her experiences with us. She said that without the camp she would not have been able to get immunization for herself during pregnancy or for her young son. She lives at the farthest end of the village and it would have been too great an ordeal for her to walk, either when pregnant or with her baby after his birth, to the nearest center.
Kali had been motivated by a representative of Seva Mandir to attend the camp and received ante-natal check-ups as well as immunization. Kali knows that the camp is a boon for her village as it helps protect the lives both of the pregnant women and of their young children.
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“My child is only of one and a half months old. I have come to Seva Mandir’s immunization camp to get the first course. We used to face a lot problem before these Seva Mandir immunization camps. We had to walk a lot to go to immunization camps and it was very tough for the pregnant ladies. Now, Seva Mandir health workers come to our village and they have also arranged emergency vehicle for us. Now all the information about government health schemes comes to us through Seva Mandir,” says Geeta from Girwa block.
On the 4th of every month, Seva Mandir holds an immunization camp in a small village in Girwa Block. The camp is very well attended by pregnant women and mothers with young children. They know they can count on the regular attendance of Seva Mandir-trained medical staff who administers inoculations and antenatal care competently and hygienically. Every year, Seva Mandir holds immunization camps in over 100 villages in a program that poverty researchers and M.I.T. Professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have called “the most impressive we have ever evaluated, and probably the one that has saved most lives.” (http://www.sevamandir.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Poor-Economics.pdf)
Seva Mandir provides training, medical equipment, stipends and supervision to over 323 Traditional Birth Attendants and 99 Balsakhis (Friends of Children)from our partner 152 villages in 2013. Together they reached out to 7,003 pregnant women.
Seva Mandir recently organized a training workshop of 4 days at Kaya Training Centre from 4th to 7th May, 2014. More than 50 TBAs attended this training. TBAs were given training on how to perform safe home delivery, about care and precautions during pregnancy.
Here is the full video of training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9oRjYBJR1I
Thank you so much for your support.
Thank you for supporting Seva Mandir's immunization camps The generous donations by you will help provide healthcare to many tribal women and children.
Here's a quick update on our immunization programme.
Last year, immunization camps were conducted in 113 hamlets across the five blocks, focusing on areas where government maternal and child health centers were not operational. This year, 1308 camps were conducted and a total of 1324 children were registered in the camps, against 1267 children registered in the previous year. Apart from the routine vaccinations, 2429 children were given treatment for diseases such as fever, cough, cold, measles, eye or ear infection, diarrhea and skin infection. This year, the camps registered 1783 women for antenatal checkups against 1553 women last year. Of these 1783 women,1645 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine. Antenatal checkups included hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.
Attached is a photo essay on the immunization camp held in Girwa this year by John and Felicia Pheasant from UK, consultants of Seva Mandir who had visited this immunization camp. We do hope you enjoy the Photo essay.
Thank you for your continued support to our project 'Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers'.
With your support we are about to begin a new year and are excited about the hopes and challenges it will bring. And at this yearend, we would like to share our progress report of this project from april to September 2013 so that you come to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:
Immunization camps are organized by Seva Mandir in 110 hamlets across the five blocks. During the reporting period, 633 camps were conducted against the target of 662 camps, which means 96 per cent of camps were held. This is an improvement over the 90 per cent in the last year (April – Sep 12). There is also a slight increase in the number of children receiving vaccination, against 610 children of the previous year, 686 children were immunized this year of which 375 were boys and 311 were girls. 337 children completed their immunization schedule of which 194 were boys and 143 were girls. 1451 children, of whom 804 boys and 647 girls, were given medicines for common illnesses in which the maximum number of children came with the complaint of diarrhea followed by skin infection and fever. The absence of nurses and problems in reaching the camp site during monsoons has been the major reason behind the cancellation of the camps.
The camps also registered 894 women for antenatal checkups against 905 women in last reporting period. Of these total registered women, 796 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine and 697 women received both the doses. 362 women visited the camps for their third ante natal checkup which is indicative of a positive shift in the behavior of the women towards their personal health during pregnancy. The components of antenatal checkups included hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.
We would also like to share with you a case study.
Savita Devi, a resident of Hasreta village in Kotra block was reluctant in getting her daughter Laxmi immunized as she believed the vaccines to be harmful which would lead to her child to become handicapped. The Bal Sakhi (Child Caretaker from Seva Mandir) Manju counseled her to visit the camp once where she would be able to interact with the mothers of her own age group. On visiting the camp, Savita Devi witnessed the ease with which the other children were getting the vaccination and also got an opportunity to hear about the positive personal experiences of the mothers. The women from Seva Mandir counseled Savita about the benefits of immunization and cleared her misconceptions regarding the vaccines which instilled confidence in her and she agreed to get her daughter immunized. Individual counseling by the nursing team and the community health workers is the backbone of the program as the women have a number of misconceptions regarding immunization due to which they neither get themselves or their children immunized which can pose a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of the pregnant women and children.
Once again thank you so much for your continued support.
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