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.
With warm regards,
In Charge Reporting and Communications.
Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In Charge Health Program
Seva Mandir, India
Greetings from Seva Mandir!
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 email@example.com
In Charge Health Program
Seva Mandir, India
During holding the immunization camps it was experienced that many little children suffer from various diseases like diarrhea, cold, cough etc. The General Nurse and Midwife (GNM) who are appointed to give vaccinations in Seva Mandir-run immunization camps are skilled caregivers. In order to refresh their skills and to strengthen their capacity for the treatment of diseases like Diarrhea, Bronchitis, Cough and Cold training was organized in March end for these GNMs.
In the last quarter (January to March 2008) over 1200 children and over 600 expecting mothers have been immunized.
Birth Attendants in the villages have been trained by Seva Mandir to conduct safe and aseptic deliveries. In addition, these attendants also spread awareness about the importance of complete immunization in the village. Read the story to find out how they are of additional help to these expecting mothers and little children...
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