April 18, 2009
Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!
Many thanks for your continuing support. There are a total of 66 camps running and this program continues to save several children and women. This has been possible because of support from people like you. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
This month, I am pleased to share a story of one of our GNMs (General Nurse Midwife). The GNM and the assistant as a team deliver the services of immunization in villages. One of our volunteers Ginny who works in Health program visited some immunization camps and spoke to immunization team.
The following story is written by Ginny as she was very impressed with the work these GNMs are doing. We hope that you will enjoy learning a bit about our team.
We will be happy to answer your queries. Once again a very big thank you for all your support.
With warm regards,
‘Gauri is a general nurse midwife who along with her team members runs 17 camps in a month in rural areas of Udaipur. Gauri lives with her husband and their 6-year-old fully immunized daughter. She pursued a career in nursing, starting with a three-year general nursing and midwifery (GNM) degree. Gauri has been working with Seva Mandir for five years and has seen the immunization camps in action.
One of the biggest improvements that she has seen is the addition of antenatal check-ups for pregnant women and the general health check-ups of the children receiving immunizations.
In addition to immunizing children and pregnant women, Gauri checks the blood pressure, hemoglobin count and weight of women as they progress through their pregnancy. This allows her to catch early signs of complication—something important for ensuring the health of both mother and child. Gauri feels that the addition of these programs have added to the benefits of the camps, something she is proud of.
17 days out of the month, Gauri is in the field, at immunization camps in the rural areas around Udaipur and this is where she feels most comfortable. She likes the work that she does bringing change to the lives of so many children. When asked to pinpoint a specific example that has moved her during her time as a nurse, she comments, she is moved every time she gives a child a shot. That child, she knows, has a better chance to be health and happy because of it.
The training that Seva Mandir has provided for Gauri has improved both her skills as a nurse, as a counselor and her overall confidence.’
Greetings from Seva Mandir!
Thank you for your continuing support to our programs. I am writing to share with you some good news. On 27th March 2009 Seva Mandir was awarded the first prize ‘The CSO partner’s Outstanding Annual Report Award 2009’ for our Annual Report 07-08 in the category of Large Organizations. The criterion to win the prize was to have transparent accounts, its disclosures in the report and its ability to communicate well (i.e. readable and understandable for readers).
Such awards and appreciation of our work is the result of many people’s contribution towards our work and mission. Therefore, your support and guidance is one of main attributes of this appreciation. You can find more details about this our website www.sevamandir.org and to view our annual report please visit the following link - http://www.sevamandir.org/publications.htm
Many thanks once again for all your support and love. I will be soon in touch with updates on programs you are supporting.
May the year 2009 bring hope, peace and prosperity to you and yours!
You have with your support helped Seva Mandir sustain its work to enable the poor by improving their health and educational status. We greatly appreciate your contribution and look forward to your continued passion to make the world a better place.
Your support helped us garner about US $9,000 in the Everybody Can Win Challenge for our Immunization Program (including bonus prize of US $2,500). This money will help us do more to save lives of young children and pregnant mothers we are planning to increase the reach of our program to include more villages. Which would mean reaching to more children and expecting mothers.
We will keep you posted on the developments with regular updates.
Thank you once again.
In Charge Reporting and Communications.
We are grateful to all our donors for continuing their faith in our work and for standing by us. Through this letter I would like to share the update for our Immunization Program, which you have been supporting.
Seva Mandir has been conducting immunization camps since April 2007. In the month of July 66 immunization camps were held against the targeted 68. We had to cancel two camps due to heavy rains that made these two villages inaccessible. 380 children were given immunization shots and 182 expecting mothers received Tetanus shots in these 66 camps.
From July 2008, we have also been training our nurses who conduct immunization to treat simple ailments in children and conduct full Antenatal check up. This has increased the benefits to both mothers and children, in many cases helped over major fatality as in the case given below.
Gavri who is in her mid twenties lives with her husband in village Bilwan Khetra. She got two tetanus shots in Seva Mandir run immunization camp during her fourth pregnancy. In her eighth month of pregnancy she began to experience lower abdominal pains. She consulted the TBA (the traditional birth attendant trained and supported by Seva Mandir) who brought her to the immunization camp where the nurse conducted the Antenatal check up. The Nurse could not hear the heartbeats of the baby and so referred Gavri immediately to a hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Our model of conducting immunization camps seeks to address both the supply side constraints by ensuring regular supply and also boosting demand through giving incentives to parents. By and large these camps are very successful in benefiting pregnant women and young children yet there are challenges with which we are still grappling. One such is inability to reach out to more children who have not been vaccinated.
Thank you again for your support. For queries and suggestions please do write to me at email@example.com
In Charge Health Program
Seva Mandir, India
We would like to communicate our heartfelt thanks to all our donors for their continuing support and faith in our work. The immunization by the Government is not adequately reaching to all poor people. In addition, the awareness with regards to immunization for little children is negligible in the communities Seva Mandir works with. Hence holding regular immunization camps within people’s reach becomes imperative.
In the month of June 2008 a total of 68 immunization camps were held. As many as 541 children and 257 expecting mothers were registered for immunization
At this point I would also like to communicate the challenges that we face while running the immunization camps. One of the many challenges is – when the children are given BCG (for tuberculosis) the vaccine creates a boil on the skin and it also gives fever to the child for a few days. Often mothers are afraid of this and so they do not bring their children to the camp next time.
The Nurse in our camps informs the mothers about the boil, fever and the reason behind it. In addition, the nurse gives pills for fever with instructions to the mothers. Also, the Birth Attendants (Trained and supported by Seva Mandir) help in the process by spreading the awareness about immunization and by following up with the mothers whose children are given shots in order to ensure that everything is okay with them and that they bring their children to the camp for next shots. The birth attendants (are the residents of the same village) thus play a significant role in supporting the mothers in this whole process because the community has a lot of faith in them.
We have learnt a lot by theses camps and we hope to build upon our experiences over time.
I would like to thank once again to all our donors, partners and my team for making this program a huge success. Through this program we are reaching out to the least advantaged in our society. I very much hope that you will continue your supporting this program. Thank you.
If you have any questions then please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Charge Health Program
Seva Mandir, India
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