Till the end of July 2011, we have raised a total of $28,130 and sponsored the institutional delivery of 135 babies born into poor families. All the children who delivered under the sponsorship are healthy and their mothers had safe pregnancies.
By consistently focussing on the importance of institutional delivery and reducing the fears inherent in pregnant women about delivering in under-resourced public hospitals, the outreach team was able to motivate several women to go for institutional delivery under the ‘sponsor a safe childbirth’ project. Through consistent follow-up with the pregnant women, our outreach team was able to increase the ante-natal visits by the pregnant women for those who were registered early on in their pregnancy from 3 in January 2011 to about 5 in July 2011.
Several women who delivered under the scheme come to live with their brothers or relatives in Hyderabad seeking better medical aid than is available in their villages. As their brothers or relatives migrated to the city in search of labour opportunities and do not have stable employment themselves, they end up staying in make shift tent like structures. Without stable and predictable incomes, these families are unable to pay for the institutional deliveries. Ms. Radhika is a case in point. (see photo 1) Despite being steeped in poverty, the contentment of having delivered a healthy baby (see photos 2 & 3) has enveloped her and her family. In cases like these, we can proudly say that you have supported ‘delivering smiles’. She continued to stay with her brother after delivery for some more time, which also facilitated her post-natal visit to the doctor and immunization of the child.
Photo1 - Radhika and her living conditions