Health
 India
Project #1881

Provide Life Saving Vaccines in Rural India

by Seva Mandir
Vetted

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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  • Dear Friend,

In Undithal, on the fourteenth of every month, Seva Mandir conducts an immunization camp, which is attended by many women who seek reliable health services for their children. These immunization camps are overseen by a nurse, as well as a Seva Mandir trained Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) and Balsakhi (Child’s Friend). These community health workers counsel families on the importance of immunizations, as well as motivate women to come to camps to receive antenatal checkups and treatments for common illnesses. Seva Mandir’s TBAs and Balsakhis do far more than simply counsel though: they actively help. After a Balsakhi encountered the two month old infant, Mangi, who only weighed 1.5 kilograms, the Balsakhi not only helped the mother understand the importance of proper breastfeeding practices, but also encouraged the mother to have her child immunized. The mother was hesitant to attend the immunization camp because she thought she would have to travel too far to reach it, but after the Balsakhi explained that the camp was conducted in the village itself, the mother agreed to go.

Upon reaching the camp, the immunization team spoke at length with the mother to ensure she understood the importance of each shot, and the potentially deadly diseases each vaccine saves her child from. Our teams provide this type of pre-immunization counseling to help eliminate misconceptions related to immunizations.  As a result, families come to immunization camps more regularly.   

This all is only possible because Friends like you are regularly supporting our program.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for your generous support to our immunization program. With your support, Seva Mandir organized free health checkups cum immunization camp in Dabban village in Udaipur district. In this village, it takes more than one hour to reach the nearest health facility by public transport, which is also not very frequent. Therefore, the people rely on home remedies, traditional healers or quacks for treatment and go for qualified care only when the condition deteriorates.

The camp was conducted by a senior Pediatrician, a General Nurse Midwife (GNM) and a senior gynecologist who also heads the health program of Seva Mandir. The camp catered to 139 children (up to 12 years) with treatment for common illnesses and 12 children (up to 1 year) received vaccine shots.

Details of the treatment given at the camp are as follows:

Type of illness and no. of Children

Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)  43

Cold/ Cough 24

Skin Infection 16

Asthenia (Weakness) 12

Pyrexia (Fever) 9

Anemia 9

Abdomen Pai 7

Diarrhoea 6

Bronchitis 4

Vomiting 3 

Dermatitis 3

Conjunctivitis 2 

Burn 1 

TOTAL 139 

Seva Mandir plans to continue to conduct free health check up and immunization camps in other remote villages of its work area. So I wanted to thank you again for your generous support to Seva Mandir.  It is because of kind people like you that we are able to provide treatment to tribal children who would otherwise have no option available to get the basic health care. 

We would love to hear from you. Please reach me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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The children queue up for their turn at the camp
The children queue up for their turn at the camp

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Dear Friend,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Since 1968, Seva Mandir has worked with 360,000 people across 700 villages in south­ern Rajasthan, one of the world’s poorest regions, where people live on an average of USD 0.35 a day, to build cohesive and inclu­sive communities whose members are able to participate actively in the local decision-making which affects their daily lives.

Fostering democratic participation in the affairs of the community is the foundation for all of Seva Mandir’s interventions in the region and is a key element of its success in supporting deprived rural communities.

Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact. 

At Seva Mandir, very modest amounts of money go a very long way toward improving people’s lives, and our success has been recognized through a long list of awards and partnerships with distinguished funders and the Indian government.

We wish to thank you for your continued support.

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
$103,310 raised of $120,000 goal
 
 
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