Health
 India
Project #1881

Provide Life Saving Vaccines in Rural India

by Seva Mandir
Vetted

Dear Friend,

Today, I would like you to know about Jaruli who lives in one of the village of Kotra block where Seva Mandir works. She has given birth twice and both times the baby did not survive. During these pregnancies, she never received any maternal health care assistance, such as antenatal care or TT vaccinations, as government health services and facilities in the area were out of reach. She got pregnant again, but this time Jaruli attended immunization camps in her village, an initiative been launched by Seva Mandir since 2009 in order to raise awareness and improve immunization services. She was given proper vaccination shots during her pregnancy. She was also counseled on nutrition and advised to take iron tablets to combat her anaemia.

Furthermore, Seva Mandir’s Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA), a woman from the village who had been trained by Seva Mandir to serve pregnant woman, assisted her throughout the pregnancy, checking on her every month when she visited the village for immunization camps. Thanks to her primary assistance, eventually Jaruli had a safe delivery.  Jaruliis now happy with her healthy child and she's deeply grateful to Seva Mandir’s TBA for all the help and support she was given during her pregnancy.

Seva Mandir will continue to conduct free health check up and immunization camps in other remote villages of its work area in order to help many such women like Jaruli.

Your support to Seva Mandir is essential, since only people like you can really turn Seva Mandir's efforts and commitment into reality. With your help we can make a difference and provide a valid treatment to tribal women and children who would otherwise have no option available to get the basic health care. 

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Lalit with his mother
Lalit with his mother

Lalit, the baby in this picture wasn’t always as happy as he looks. Just sometime after his second month birthday, Lalit started suffering from swollen tummy. The baby’s cries would echo across the village each evening. On the Balsakhi’s visit to the village, she was told about Lalit’s condition and soon the necessary treatments were catered to the child. This was indeed possible because of your support to our initiative of providing medications to places where one can’t imagine finding a doctor.

Lalit’s tale is just one of many. There are hundreds of children waiting to be immunized each month.  And to continue this, we are indeed in need of your assistance.

Wondering how you can help us?

Global Giving is having its little by little match making challenge from the dawn of 26th October 2015.  Every contribution made by you exceeding £50 will be partly matched by Global Giving Family and together the amount will go to ease the access of education to children.

We look forward to your benevolent gesture in making a dream come true.  For any query, feel free to write to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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50 kilometers from the city of Udaipur, the only way to reach Jhabla is to take the early morning bus. Once you manage to get off the overcrowded bus a 6 kilometer trek awaits you to reach the village.  This is something that the migrant labors travelling each day are quite similar with. Another issue that everyone is familiar with is the lack of health care facilities for the residents of this village. In Today’s time when science and modern medicines are doing wonders, it’s sadly the ultimate truth that curative health care has not yet been able to make its reach in these remote hamlets of rural India.

 Seva Mandir through its immunization camps reach out to pregnant women and children who need to be vaccinated and immunized against fatal diseases. At present Seva Mandir reaches out to  over 1700 women pregnant women and 3500 children every year in remote villages of Districts of South Rajasthan.

I had hemoglobin deficiency when I conceived with my first child. Little did I know the consequence of the situation. If not for the injections, the worst could have been possible

Rama says -“I was anemic during my second pregnancy and was referred to the doctor. My baby was born in the 7thmonth but its life was saved because of the immunization team’s timely advice. Now I suggest all the pregnant ladies in my village to be vaccinated in time”  

There are hundreds of women in our working area who have such tales to tell and this would have been possible with your support. However there are still numerous expecting mothers and children who need your support.  

Wondering how can you help us? 

GlobalGiving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

 Hence we would request you to be our recurring donor and help prevent women and children from fatal diseases. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us and look forward for your continued support in providing these life saving vaccines to mothers and children.

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Deu, 24, is a resident of village AmbaKa Vela (Shishvi Zone). This village fares low in terms of health facilities for its residents and thus Seva Mandir started the immunization camp which caters to the pregnant women and the children.

 Deu came to the immunization camp during her second pregnancy and during the checkups it was revealed that her hemoglobin level was very low and she was anemic. The immunization team advised her to consult a doctor immediately as otherwise it would prove to be dangerous for her as well as the child. However, she did not give importance to the advice and never went to the doctor.

 On her second visit to the camp, the team again asked her to consult a doctor and also counseled her family members about the same. She was then taken to the hospital in ‘kurabad’ from where she was referred to the Udaipur Hospital. The woman delivered in her 7th month and she was put on drip as her condition was poor. She gave birth to a still born child but the doctors were able to save her life. She had become very weak after the delivery but has gradually regained her strength.

 The immunization team’s timely advice and appropriate counseling saved her life and this experience has also proved to be a learning experience for Deu for her future pregnancy.

At present, these camps reach out to over 1700 women pregnant women and 3500 children every in remote villages of Districts of South Rajasthan.  This would have not been possible without your constant encouragement and support.

Also, I would take this opportunity to share with you that Bonus day is round the corner on 16th September from 9 AM EDT.  The donations made on bonus day will be matched up to 30%. That means we would be able to expand further and hence would appeal to you to support us on 16th September.

We would love to hear from you on your side of thoughts and to know why you would be interested to be associated with the cause. Please do reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thank you for joining hands with us! I am sure we can really make a difference in these children’s lives by providing them a bright future through quality education.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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Savita, a resident of one of the village of Seva Mandir’s work area, was reluctant in getting her daughter Laxmi immunized as she believed the vaccines to be harmful which would lead to her child to become handicapped. Manju who works with Seva Mandir, counseled her to visit the camp once where she would be able to interact with the mothers of her own age group. On visiting the camp, Savita witnessed the ease with which the other children were getting the vaccination and also got an opportunity to hear about the positive personal experiences of the mothers. The nurse counseled Savita about the benefits of immunization and cleared her misconceptions regarding the vaccines which instilled confidence in her and she agreed to get her daughter immunized. Individual counseling by the nursing team and the community health workers is the backbone of the program as the women have a number of misconceptions regarding immunization due to which they neither get themselves or their children immunized which can pose a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of the pregnant women and children.

Friends, this all progress wouldn’t have been made without your support. Once again many thanks for your continued faith in our work.

With warm regards,

Atul Lekhra 

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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India
$112,220 raised of $120,000 goal
 
954 donations
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