Project #1881

Provide Life Saving Vaccines in Rural India

by Seva Mandir
  • 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.


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

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


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.


Atul Lekhra

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Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving Day to You.

An immunization camp in Sagwada village was initiated by Seva Mandir because of the lack of basic healthcare facilities there.

The nearest general health center is 7km away and the nearest center where immunization is undertaken is 4km away. Many of the women and children of Sagwada are simply unable to undertake these journeys and therefore often missed out on routine immunization.

Kali, a resident of Sagwada who has attended the Seva Mandir camp, shared her experiences with us. She said that without the camp she would not have been able to get immunization for herself during pregnancy or for her young son. She lives at the farthest end of the village and it would have been too great an ordeal for her to walk, either when pregnant or with her baby after his birth, to the nearest center.

Kali had been motivated by a representative of Seva Mandir to attend the camp and received ante-natal check-ups as well as immunization. Kali knows that the camp is a boon for her village as it helps protect the lives both of the pregnant women and of their young children.

Thanks to your generous support.


Atul Lekhra

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Dear Friends,

Today I thought of sharing with you some data and information about our work area: 

  • Infant mortality in Rajasthan is 57/1000 live births
  • Over 70% of children and 60% of women are malnourished
  • Only a third of all of children have been fully immunized
  • Over 50% of households drink from unprotected sources
  • Around 75% of rural households have no toilet
  • Our health program supports some 9,000 women and children in 150 vil­lages
  • Child immunization increased from 35% to 60%
  • 16,000 people assured of access to clean water
  • Over 3,000 people assured of access to toilets
  • More than 300 Traditional Birth Attendants of Seva Mandir counsel women on the benefits of institutional deliveries but are also trained to perform home deliveries. They handle over 4,000 deliveries a year with infant mortality significantly lower than the state average.
  • Seva Mandir offers obstetric care insurance in partnership with hospitals to provide women with access to checkups, curative medication and delivery services.
  • Seva Mandir trains Bal­sakhis, women who provide monitoring and care for newborns by counseling mothers on breastfeeding, nutrition, birth registration and the availability of government support in cases of severe malnourishment.
  • Seva Mandir provides immunization and monitors malnutrition in special camps and Balwadis (Pre Schools). Basic medicines and treatment are also provided for common childhood ailments.

Thank you so much for your continuous support to our program.


Atul Lekhra 



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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India
$112,220 raised of $120,000 goal
954 donations
$7,780 to go
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