Funds provide essential support to Aarohi's Mother and Child program
By Sara Tiffany - Project Leader
Since the month of April when Aarohi's project to “Reduce Infant and Maternal Mortality in the Himalaya” was posted on Global Giving's website, people from all walks of life have found it in their hearts to contribute. These contributions have had an incredibly positive impact on the project, benefiting whole communities through Aarohi's Mother and Child health program.
Located in the Kumaon Himalyas of Uttarakhand, India, Aarohi’s project serves a population of approximately 12,500. Funds raised on the Global Giving website have enabled Aarohi to offer extensive community-based training to Traditional Birth Attendants and local Health Workers. Under the guidance of Aarohi's health team, these Traditional Birth Attendants and Health Workers provided support to 240 pregnant women in the months of April and May, performing essential antenatal check-ups and treatment for anemia. For the 43 women who gave birth during these months, all have received postnatal check-ups to see that both mother and child are in good health and well-looked after. Following all births in the villages, Health Workers are trained to monitor the growth and development of the child through Aarohi’s comprehensive program to prevent and combat malnourishment. Currently this program looks after nearly 800 children from ages 0-3 years and has recently provided full primary immunizations to 224 children. Because not all illness among children in the villages can be avoided, during the months of April and May Health Workers also provided treatment to the 234 children who fell sick, referring them to a hospital when necessary.
This work has been made possible by all those who have kindly donated to Aarohi’s project. We truly cannot thank you enough for your generosity. With continued support Aarohi’s project will surely benefit many more Mothers and Children, while providing a sustainable livelihood to local Health Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants in these remote mountain villages.