You helped Narmada's child getting an immunization shot
By Deepti Ameta - Program In-charge Resource Mobilization
Narmada with her child in Immunization Camp
Narmada is pictured in the photo holding her son Rahul (15 months) as he getting an immunization shot in Seva Mandir's immunization camp.
Narmada is from Balvi village. Narmada is joyful, open and personable during the interview and happy to share information. Rahul crawls around on the shaded dirt floor chasing a small kitten, un-phased by the immunization shot and medical procedures.
Throughout her interview Narmada mentions the lack of access to government health facilities. In fact, the government facility is prohibitively far and even for this camp she had to travel 02 km. During this camp she has left her other child with her mother-in-law in order to make the journey to the camp with Rahul across the hot desert terrain.
We then ask Narmada about the other women in her village and their knowledge and use of immunization camps such as this. She explains that she tells the other women that immunizations are a necessity. However, many women tell her they will come and never turn up for the camp.Narmada delivered both her babies at the government hospital and the deliveries were done by the Total Birth Attendant (TBA) Devli Bai. For herself, she explains that if the Devli Bai, did not exist she would not get vaccinations or even go to a hospital for delivery.
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