Thank you for your continued support of our immunization program! With your help, we have made significant strides in improving the health standards of children and young mothers across the region. We have conducted immunization camps across 113 different hamlets, reaching out to remote and rural areas that have previously not received this essential care. In 2012-2013, we were able to immunize 1,324 children, perform 1,553 antenatal checkups, and provide treatment for routine ailments.
In southern Rajasthan, with immunization rates as low as 19% in certain areas, the need for programs such as ours is severe. The health of children and young mothers across the region still presents a significant problem. However, a recent study in 2009 in collaboration with J-PAL of MIT has shown that 60% of children in our intervention areas have received complete immunization, compared to only 35% in non-intervention areas.This year we strove to increase the supply and demand of immunization throughout our work area. We provided regular, reliable, and well-publicized camps, and offered incentives to parents to ensure that they would bring their children to be immunized.
We hope to continue reducing the mortality rates in the area by making complete immunization accessible and ultimately, the norm. Esteemed MIT professors Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo recognized the high quality of our efforts. After conducting a study in 2009, they stated in their book Poor Economics that, “Seva Mandir’s immunization program is one of the most impressive we have ever evaluated, and probably the one that has saved the most lives”.
Our wish is to maintain this high level of quality and performance in our immunization program, and with your help we can. On June 12th, Global Giving will match 50% of your donation to our project. Thank you again for your support of Seva Mandir’s work!
Below is an update on our immunization program, which according to MIT researchers and authors of "Poor Economics" (http://pooreconomics.com/), Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, is "one of the most impressive we have evaluated, and probably the one that has saved most lives." We hope that you are as proud as us to be a part of such a great success. The report below summarizes our progress in the past year, from March 2012 - April 2013:
Immunization camps are being conducted in 113 villages across the five blocks. In the last reporting period, immunization camps were conducted in 125 locations, of which 12 locations were dropped this year as the government began providing support in these locations.
During the reporting period, 1,308 camps were conducted against the target of 1,422 camps, which means 92% of camps were held. A total of 114 camps had to be cancelled due to reasons as mentioned below:
During the reporting period, a total of 1,324 children were registered in the immunization camps against 1,267 children registered in the previous year.
Apart from the routine vaccinations, 2,429 children were given treatment for illnesses such as fevers, coughs, colds, eye or ear infections, diarrhea and skin infections.
The camps also registered 1,783 women for antenatal checkups, an improvement of 230 compared to last year. Of these total registered women, 1,645 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine and 1,377 women received both the doses. The components of antenatal checkups included a hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.
This has been an incredibly successful year for our Health team at Seva Mandir. We have been working hard to make sure that quality health care reaches the communities who need it the most, and we couldn't have done without your support!
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We would like to thank you for your support of the Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers program. This month, we would like to share with you a story of one of the many young women and children whose lives have been impacted by your contribution to this program.
Bindu, pictured here with her child, is one of women who attended Seva Mandir’s immunization camp on the 17th of this month in a village that is part of the Jhadol block. The immunization camp takes place in front of one of the villager’s houses, across from the village school where the children come and say hello on their lunch break.
Attended by a nurse, the village traditional birth attendant and balsakhi, the immunization camp serves many purposes. As the women wait for their turn to have their child given life-saving immunizations, they talk to each other about their families and babies. They share stories about their lives and there is a happy mood among the women. They also have conversations with the Seva Mandir trained nurse, traditional birth attendant and bal sakhi about healthy breast feeding practices and nutritious food for their babies and themselves to maintain good health.
This Seva Mandir immunization camp is highly valued by Bindu and the other women. Bindu, who has two children, one 4 months old and one 2 years oldexplains that she brought both her children to the immunization camps to receive their full rounds of vaccinations. She says she has been able to do this because Seva Mandir’s immunization clinic is always run on the same day of every month, making it easy for her to remember the day she is supposed to attend and ensure she makes it to the camp. Unlike government clinics, which are open for immunizations on irregular days and are often unattended when they are meant to be open, she explains that she knows Seva Mandir’s camp is reliable – and the other women agree with her. This makes her walk to the clinic, which is between 2 and 3 kilometers long, and finding someone to take care of her other child while she is away worthwhile as she knows someone will be there for her to ensure her child gets the services he needs.
Your continued support ensures that Bindu and the rest of the women from the 115 camps Seva Mandir runs a month have somewhere reliable to go where they can receive life saving vaccinations for their children.
Thank you for helping us provide this much needed service to rural and tribal communities.
Wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!
Thank you for your continued support to our project 'Immunization for tribal children and women'.
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 half yearly progress report of this project. We have attached the progress report for you to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:
o 610 children were registered in the 661 immunization camps where they receive vaccination for BCG, DPT1, DPT2, DPT3 and measles were provided to these children.
o 442 children have received complete immunization.
o 987 children were given treatment for diseases such as fever, cough, cold, measles, eye or ear infection, diarrhea and skin infection.
o 905 young women registered in these camps for their antenatal checkup.
o 837 women received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine and 550 women received both the doses.
We are able to make these progresses because of YOU.
And in this holiday season you can help us make more exciting progresses by doubling the impact of your donations.
From December 1, 2012 at 12:01 am ET and December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET, Global giving has created a 'Recurring Donation Campaign' where all the recurring donations made by you will be matched up to $100 per donor per project. We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you can afford and help us to make such more progresses in coming new year.
We look forward to your support and thoughts on this report. Once again, wish you a very happy holiday season to you and your family.
I am here again to share with you happiness, light and tranquility on this Diwali from all the 1,000 children and their mothers you are immunizing through this project every year.
Diwali is a festival of lights and candles. It symbolizes the fact that there is more good in us than bad and that we all have to keep working on it. This is what you have been doing for all these little children. The problems in this world are endless, the struggles break us down everyday and yet we all come together to support each other. This is the message from all the children and mothers from our area.
Happy Diwali to all of you and we also wish you a great year ahead.
With warm regards,
P..S. Find more about Diwali here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali
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