Introduction and Goal Providing care and protection to children rescued from streets and difficult circumstances has been Salaam Baalak Trust’s core mission. The Trust has been working relentlessly for children in need of care and protection for past 30 years. Medical and health facilities form an integral part of the services offered by the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT). Importance of health and medical facilities has increases manifold for children in need of care and protection as they are prone to injuries, malnutrition, infections and diseases. Also, physical health becomes the foundation of a child’s growth and development. Recognising the importance of children’s health, SBT provides multifaceted medical and health services to children at all its centres. The aim is to ensure that all children coming within the ambit of SBT can access quality medical and health care services. Under the medical programme, SBT covers the following three-pronged objectives. A. To improve access of children living on streets to adequate and timely medical services. B. To improve access to adequate and timely medical services of children rescued / and or motivated to live in shelter homes. C. To strengthen medical and health programme to ensure provision of quality health care. In the reporting period SBT team has striven hard to ensure children in all SBT centres and programme locations are provided health care and medical facilities. The following section elaborates upon key activities conducted under the medical programme. Activities The medical team is guided by standard operations and protocols. As per these protocols, first aid and a medical check-up is provided to the child within 24 hours of coming in touch with SBT. When a child comes in contact with SBT with any major medical problem, she/ he is referred to hospital immediately, prescribed care is provided and regular follow up is done. In the reporting period, with the help of valuable support of Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), more than 4000 children were covered as part of the medical programme. Following key activities were conducted: A. Improving the access of children living on street to adequate and timely medical services through contact points. • First aid care was provided to every injured child who came in touch with SBT through outreach at contact points. • Weekly health check-ups were conducted with regular children. The check-ups were carried out by qualified doctors with overall support of SBT’s medical team. • Weekly awareness sessions were conducted by the medical social workers to sensitize children on issues of health, hygiene, and sanitation. Importance of handwashing and not letting mosquitoes breed in the vicinity was covered during the sessions. • Heath camps were organised to provide routine immunization to the children. The immunization sessions ensure protection of children from preventable childhood diseases. B. Improving the access to adequate and timely medical services of children rescued / and or motivated to live in children’s homes. • Regular medical check-ups of the children were done at the full care residential centres. The check-ups were conducted by trained doctors with the support of medical social workers. • Individual health cards were maintained by the medical social workers to map the health profile for each child at the full care residential centres. The medical social workers also maintain list of all medicines, consumables and updation of first aid kits at the centres. 4 • Immunization and pathological tests were conducted in specific cases on the recommendation of the doctor. • Weekly sessions were conducted by the medical social workers to sensitize children on issues of health, hygiene, and sanitation. During these sessions, importance of bathing daily, maintaining personal hygiene and handwashing while handling food and after using toilet was explained. C. To strengthen the medical and health programme to ensure maximum quality health care. • The medical programme team is making continuous efforts to liaison with more hospitals and health care facilities. They are looking to partner with private health facilities to provide subsidized health care to SBT children. • The team is consciously adopting preventive approach to ensure health of children. Thus, thrust has been laid on making children aware of linkages between health, hygiene and nutrition. Good Practices The good practices adopted under medical programme have been delineated below. • Proactive steps have been taken by the medical team to prevent flu, cold and cough and other infectious diseases through prophylactic measures. • Conducting regular vaccination to prevent the onset of Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and MMR among children, this has contributed in minimising the incidence of diseases • A robust de-addiction programme in partnership with Muskaan Foundation is in place. To overcome pangs of hunger, pain and loneliness, children who live on the streets generally fall prey to substance abuse. Thus, in order to lead them to the path of normal development de-addiction is critical. With the support of Muskaan Foundation 66 children were linked to de-addiction services. • The team also attended sessions on good nutrition and balanced diet. They actively participated in the session and developed an understanding of functions various nutrients play in the body and associated deficiency diseases. Snapshot of Progress Achievements and Targets The expected outcomes of the proposed project were as follows: - Not less than 500 children will receive first aid care. - Not less than 200 children will benefit from weekly health checkups. - Positive behavior change in children in terms of adoption of good health and hygiene practices.
A snapshot of achievements and targets of medical programme across SBT
Medical check-up (no. of times) 17301 Medical check-up (no. of children) 4132 Referred to hospital 1126 Hospitalised 74 Operated/Surgery 11 Tetanus injection 605 MMR vaccination 0 Typhoid vaccination 140 Hepatitis 'B' injection 35 Medical investigation 1322 long term treatment 68 5 HIV test 132 Eye check-up 299 Dental check-up 449 Referred to drug de-addiction 230
Future Plan SBT’s medical team will continue to enhance knowledge, skills and capacities of its members through regular training sessions. The team will also promote preventive and holistic healthcare concepts among children through awareness sessions
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