Caring for one's own health is fundamental to daily living as it directly impacts one's quality of life. But for women from disadvantaged background who struggle to meet basic needs of their family, self-care is not a priority. India is home to maximum anemic and malnourished women, who also lack awareness about personal hygiene. The project aims to improve their health by creating awareness about the importance of self- care, healthy lifestyle choices, balanced diet, hygiene & nutrition.
Indian women give last priority to their own health. Between managing jobs, households, children and financial woes, their own well-being is neglected. The situation is worse for single mothers and women who do not receive any support from their jobless or alcoholic husbands. Usually these women are the last in the family to eat and mostly make do with leftovers. Medicines are never bought due to financial constraints. The biggest challenge is lack of awareness about importance of self-care.
This project aims to solve the problem in 3 ways 1) Awareness sessions 2) Medical camps 3) In-kind support. Women selected under this project are either single parent/ family in financial crisis /alcoholic or jobless husband / Single or widowed. They will receive sustainable support through awareness programs, Life skill sessions on health/ hygiene/ nutrition and in-kind support such as hygiene kits (toiletries, sanitary pads), supplementary nutrition and medical care for a period of one year.
The project aims to improve the overall physical, mental and emotional health of the selected women from disadvantaged/ underprivileged background. After intervention, the women will learn to take better care of their health, go for routine medical checkups, and take proper balanced diet and medications. They will pay more attention to hygiene and cleanliness. This will promote a culture of self-care and make the women more productive and healthy than before.