Greetings from Seva Mandir!
We would like to communicate our heartfelt thanks to all our donors for their continuing support and faith in our work. The immunization by the Government is not adequately reaching to all poor people. In addition, the awareness with regards to immunization for little children is negligible in the communities Seva Mandir works with. Hence holding regular immunization camps within people’s reach becomes imperative.
In the month of June 2008 a total of 68 immunization camps were held. As many as 541 children and 257 expecting mothers were registered for immunization
At this point I would also like to communicate the challenges that we face while running the immunization camps. One of the many challenges is – when the children are given BCG (for tuberculosis) the vaccine creates a boil on the skin and it also gives fever to the child for a few days. Often mothers are afraid of this and so they do not bring their children to the camp next time.
The Nurse in our camps informs the mothers about the boil, fever and the reason behind it. In addition, the nurse gives pills for fever with instructions to the mothers. Also, the Birth Attendants (Trained and supported by Seva Mandir) help in the process by spreading the awareness about immunization and by following up with the mothers whose children are given shots in order to ensure that everything is okay with them and that they bring their children to the camp for next shots. The birth attendants (are the residents of the same village) thus play a significant role in supporting the mothers in this whole process because the community has a lot of faith in them.
We have learnt a lot by theses camps and we hope to build upon our experiences over time.
I would like to thank once again to all our donors, partners and my team for making this program a huge success. Through this program we are reaching out to the least advantaged in our society. I very much hope that you will continue your supporting this program. Thank you.
If you have any questions then please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Charge Health Program
Seva Mandir, India