Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in India (which is being gradually lifted), SevaChild has paused its vitamin A distribution campaigns. We've temporarily shifted our focus to providing meals and rations to poor families in slums who have not been able to go out to work or purchase food because of the pandemic and lockdown.
When the lockdown is lifted and conditions are safer for our staff and volunteers, we will return to providing vitamin A doses for children under the age of five in India.
We appreciate your donations, and your understanding during this challenging time in our world.
Development Director for SevaChild
Mar 20, 2020
Protecting 10,000 Indian Mothers from Disease and Miscarriage
By Jeff Bibler - Development Director
We wanted to share with you the progress our teams have made in providing iron-rich micronutrients to pregnant women in Karnataka state of south India. For every dollar you’ve given ($1,640 through March 17), we’ve been able to administer this vital nutrient to a pregnant woman in her second trimester of pregnancy. That’s over 1,600 women so far. They now stand a much better chance of giving birth to a healthy child of normal weight – as well as surviving childbirth.
While we’re grateful these many women have been helped thus far, we are all too aware of the many more women in this area who are not receiving these life-saving micronutrients.
With your continued help, we can reach many more young women who are at risk for severe complications during pregnancy. Would you consider becoming a monthly donor and help us attain our goal of 10,000 pregnant women with this iron-rich micronutrient?
Monthly donations can make such a big difference with our project work in India. If we know we have a predictable flow of funds, we can better plan our projects and, of course, reach many more pregnant women in need.
Will you join us and consider becoming a monthly donor?
As we stated in our last report, the first 5,000 children in Uttarakhand state received their vitamin A micronutrients in October of last year. We're happy to report that another 5,000 children have received their first doses of vitamin A micronutrients in 2020. We're thrilled that our goal of reaching 10,000 children in Uttarakhand has been met -- and it would not have been possible without your financial gifts.
We have shifted our focus and resources to developing our administration network in Uttarakhand at this time due to growing government enthusiasm and support for our work there. We look forward to bringing you the latest developments in our next report.