Project #1881

Provide Life Saving Vaccines in Rural India

by Seva Mandir
Laxmi Bai
Laxmi Bai

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

Hope you are well. I like to introduce myself to you. I am Atul Lekhra. I have joined Seva Mandir early this year and I will now be communicating with you through these project reports. I am glad to be a part of this program and look forward to talking to you about all these wonderful projects you are supporting.

Today I want to share with you two stories, one of Gita Bai of Bhichiwada village and another is of Laxmi Devi from Bhilwara village.

Gita Devi:

Immunization camps are organized regularly on the 4th of every month in the Bichiwada village. Gita Bai is a regular visitor to these camps as she has three children who are receiving vaccination. She has 5 month old twins for whom she has not missed any vaccine shot. She is very happy that immunization team comes to her village regularly and she can get her children treated at these camps without worrying about travelling to PHC which is a very difficult task. She tells about her last visit to camp where her son got treated for diarrhea. She also feels good that they are provided with lentil by Seva Mandir after every vaccine shot to her child.

This case of Gita Bai highlights the key role played by camps in providing basic healthcare for children for these inaccessible areas of Udaipur district.

Laxmi Bai:

On 2nd day of every month immunization camp is organized at Bhilwada village. Laxmi devi, a 35 yrs old woman of Bhilwada agreed to visit this camp after a lot of counseling by TBA (trained birth attendant of Seva Mandir). She had heard about vaccination for children but was not aware about need of vaccination in pregnancy. Initially she was not agreeing for TT shot but after lot of explanation by health workers at camp and also after observing that many of other pregnant women of her village are also taking it, she understood its importance and happily agreed for it.

She also underwent ANC check up including Hb, BP etc. she was found to be underweight and was counseled about the diet she should take during her pregnancy. So these camps are not only providing immunization for children but are also very important centers of ANC check up. These camps are creating general awareness among rural and illiterate people about health and clearing their misconceptions. 

Much of this success is also due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having you by our side. We really appreciate the trust you have shown in us. Please do let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you again.

Atul Lekhra.


Mother with her child in an immunization camp
Mother with her child in an immunization camp

Dear Friends,

            Thank you for your continued support of our immunization program! With your help, we have made significant strides in improving the health standards of children and young mothers across the region. We have conducted immunization camps across 113 different hamlets, reaching out to remote and rural areas that have previously not received this essential care. In 2012-2013, we were able to immunize 1,324 children, perform 1,553 antenatal checkups, and provide treatment for routine ailments.

In southern Rajasthan, with immunization rates as low as 19% in certain areas, the need for programs such as ours is severe. The health of children and young mothers across the region still presents a significant problem. However, a recent study in 2009 in collaboration with J-PAL of MIT has shown that 60% of children in our intervention areas have received complete immunization, compared to only 35% in non-intervention areas.This year we strove to increase the supply and demand of immunization throughout our work area. We provided regular, reliable, and well-publicized camps, and offered incentives to parents to ensure that they would bring their children to be immunized.

We hope to continue reducing the mortality rates in the area by making complete immunization accessible and ultimately, the norm. Esteemed MIT professors Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo recognized the high quality of our efforts. After conducting a study in 2009, they stated in their book Poor Economics that, “Seva Mandir’s immunization program is one of the most impressive we have ever evaluated, and probably the one that has saved the most lives”.

Our wish is to maintain this high level of quality and performance in our immunization program, and with your help we can. On June 12th, Global Giving will match 50% of your donation to our project. Thank you again for your support of Seva Mandir’s work!




A health worker gives a child an immunization.
A health worker gives a child an immunization.

Dear Friends,

Below is an update on our immunization program, which according to MIT researchers and authors of "Poor Economics" (, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, is "one of the most impressive we have evaluated, and probably the one that has saved most lives." We hope that you are as proud as us to be a part of such a great success. The report below summarizes our progress in the past year, from March 2012 - April 2013:

Immunization camps are being conducted in 113 villages across the five blocks. In the last reporting period, immunization camps were conducted in 125 locations, of which 12 locations were dropped this year as the government began providing support in these locations.

During the reporting period, 1,308 camps were conducted against the target of 1,422 camps, which means 92% of camps were held. A total of 114 camps had to be cancelled due to reasons as mentioned below:

  • Unavailability of nurse - 56
  • Heavy rains and bad roads - 14
  • Replacement for nurse/assistant could not be arranged - 23
  • Festivals - 12
  • Other - 9

During the reporting period, a total of 1,324 children were registered in the immunization camps against 1,267 children registered in the previous year.

Apart from the routine vaccinations, 2,429 children were given treatment for illnesses such as fevers, coughs, colds, eye or ear infections, diarrhea and skin infections.

The camps also registered 1,783 women for antenatal checkups, an improvement of 230 compared to last year. Of these total registered women, 1,645 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine and 1,377 women received both the doses. The components of antenatal checkups included a hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.

This has been an incredibly successful year for our Health team at Seva Mandir. We have been working hard to make sure that quality health care reaches the communities who need it the most, and we couldn't have done without your support!

Please feel free to comment or rate our report, and share our good work with your friends!

With regards,



Bindu with her child
Bindu with her child

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you for your support of the Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers program.  This month, we would like to share with you a story of one of the many young women and children whose lives have been impacted by your contribution to this program. 

Bindu, pictured here with her child, is one of women who attended Seva Mandir’s immunization camp on the 17th of this month in a village that is part of the Jhadol block.  The immunization camp takes place in front of one of the villager’s houses, across from the village school where the children come and say hello on their lunch break.

Attended by a nurse, the village traditional birth attendant and balsakhi, the immunization camp serves many purposes.  As the women wait for their turn to have their child given life-saving immunizations, they talk to each other about their families and babies.  They share stories about their lives and there is a happy mood among the women.  They also have conversations with the Seva Mandir trained nurse, traditional birth attendant and bal sakhi about healthy breast feeding practices and nutritious food for their babies and themselves to maintain good health. 

This Seva Mandir immunization camp is highly valued by Bindu and the other women.  Bindu, who has two children, one 4 months old and one 2 years oldexplains that she brought both her children to the immunization camps to receive their full rounds of vaccinations.  She says she has been able to do this because Seva Mandir’s immunization clinic is always run on the same day of every month, making it easy for her to remember the day she is supposed to attend and ensure she makes it to the camp.  Unlike government clinics, which are open for immunizations on irregular days and are often unattended when they are meant to be open, she explains that she knows Seva Mandir’s camp is reliable – and the other women agree with her.  This makes her walk to the clinic, which is between 2 and 3 kilometers long, and finding someone to take care of her other child while she is away worthwhile as she knows someone will be there for her to ensure her child gets the services he needs. 

Your continued support ensures that Bindu and the rest of the women from the 115 camps Seva Mandir runs a month have somewhere reliable to go where they can receive life saving vaccinations for their children.

Thank you for helping us provide this much needed service to rural and tribal communities. 

With regards,


Bindu's friends also came for immunization


Nurse taking antenatal care of tribal women
Nurse taking antenatal care of tribal women

Wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

Thank you for your continued support to our project 'Immunization for tribal children and women'.

With your support we are about to begin a new year and are excited about the hopes and challenges it will bring. And at this yearend, we would like to share half yearly progress report of this project. We have attached the progress report for you to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:

o 610 children were registered in the 661 immunization camps where they receive vaccination for BCG, DPT1, DPT2, DPT3 and measles were provided to these children.

o 442 children have received complete immunization.

o 987 children were given treatment for diseases such as fever, cough, cold, measles, eye or ear infection, diarrhea and skin infection.

o 905 young women registered in these camps for their antenatal checkup.

o 837 women received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine and 550 women received both the doses.

We are able to make these progresses because of YOU.

And in this holiday season you can help us make more exciting progresses by doubling the impact of your donations.

From December 1, 2012 at 12:01 am ET and December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET, Global giving has created a 'Recurring Donation Campaign' where all the recurring donations made by you will be matched up to $100 per donor per project. We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you can afford and help us to make such more progresses in coming new year.

We look forward to your support and thoughts on this report. Once again, wish you a very happy holiday season to you and your family.

Best wishes,


Mother holding her child to get his vaccination.
Mother holding her child to get his vaccination.



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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India
$103,298 raised of $120,000 goal
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