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.
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