Health
 India
Project #10365

Reduce Infant & Maternal Mortality in the Himalaya

by Aarohi
Vetted

Summary

The Arogya Health Project brings together training, awareness and treatment to reduce the number of mother and infant deaths, and improve the general state of well being for 30 remote villages in the Central Himalayas of India.
$20,000
total goal
$0
remaining
127
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

Over half of the women living in mountain villages of Uttarakhand are severely anemic and malnourished. This along with a lack of health care services in the area results in alarming rates of maternal and child mortality and morbidity. The problem is further compounded by social taboos that often resort in extreme diet restrictions of pregnant and nursing mothers, endangering the health of the infant. Aarohi aims to change this trend through comprehensive community-based training and awareness.

Solution

This project provides extensive training for traditional birth attendants and local health workers in antenatal and post-natal care, safe delivery, and comprehensive growth monitoring of children in the age group 0-3 years. Through Aarohi's mother and child care program, these community members are provided with a dignified livelihood, and are equipped with the skills, guidance and support needed to tackle high morbidity and mortality rates in their village communities.

Long-Term Impact

Going beyond simply providing services to remote mountains villages, the Arogya Project empowers traditional birth attendants and health workers to improve the quality of health care in their own communities. This ensures that mother and child health is achieved in a sustainable way that provides local people with the knowledge and determination to continue providing services long after the project has ended. The proven result is fewer mother and infant deaths and healthier communities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.aarohi.org
Full profile of Aarohi's work in Health Care

Organization Information

Aarohi

Location: District Nainital, Uttarakhand - India
Website: http:/​/​www.aarohi.org
Project Leader:
Sara Tiffany
District Nainital, Uttarakhand India

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