Manju, a 22 years old mother of already one daughter, a resident of Sonia Gandhi slum was visited by one of Sukarya’s Community Health Workers (CHW) when she was 2 months pregnant with her second child. Sukarya’s CHW counseled her about the importance of registering herself in local primary health centers as well as Sukarya’s monthly health clinic and encouraged her to visit Sukarya’s Health Clinic for her ANC Checkup.
Hesitatingly she agreed and visited Sukarya’s Health Clinic and found the array of health checkups and tests available under one roof like HB test, BP test, Height, Weight, and Blood Group, free consultation with a doctor, free medicine and nutritional supplements, etc. She appreciated her own decision of visiting the health clinic and became a regular for her health checkups. She also attended Sukarya’s sanitation drive and healthy cooking demonstrations and learned how to cook nutritious food and keep her surrounding clean. She worked on improving her HB level by changing her dietary habits and food types and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
Like Manju, hundreds of young mothers turn their pregnancies into a lifetime experience by visiting Sukarya's monthly health clinic. Sukarya’s CHWs sensitize them about the importance of Family Planning and explain to them how critical the spacing is between births. After regular counseling sessions, Manju and her husband decided to adopt Copper-T as a family planning method. After the lockdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic when Sukarya resumed its health services, Manju started participating in Sukarya’s health-related activities and registered for Postnatal Care (PNC) in the health clinic. Both Manju and her husband are very thankful to Sukarya for the health services and for the vital information and counseling on nutrition, personal hygiene, sanitation, immunization, and many more.
During the quarter of July-October, the USHA project areas located in Delhi had 1,749 targeted beneficiaries through Sukarya's monthly health clinics:
Total Home Visits done by CHWs
Follow up Visit done by CHWs
SUKARYA COVID 19 RELIEF DRIVE
Sukrya's programs including the Urban Slum Health Actions (USHA) have been on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak since mid March when the entire India was on a complete lockdown.
The lockdown since March and the loss of livelihood amidst social distancing rules have disproportionately affected our slum communities - migrant workers, daily wage-earners, the urban poor, and other vulnerable groups of women & children in tens of thousands. Hunger, lack of sanitary kits and loss of income to buy essentials have left most or all of them helpless.
The lockdown didn't end on May 31st as scheduled by the health department because the National Capital Region of Delhi that includes Gurgaon continue to be in the Red Zone. Sukarya is in the process to be working on the ground to provide COVID-19 relief and aid along with the preparation to resume its programs including USHA.
The task is monumental. The need is overwhelming. Even after the national initiatives like the PM Cares Fund and efforts from other grassroots non-profits, citizen groups, and civil society organizations, there is still a sizeable population living in our slum communities need to be fed and protected.
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Conceiving and having a baby, is one of the most beautiful, natural and joyful experiences of life. However, this reality can be extremely difficult and life threatening for many women and children living in poor, remote and deprived regions. The story of Rajwati was no different. It was her fourth pregnancy and was a burden for her. Physically she was not ready for it.
Sukarya’s CHW counseled her and encouraged her to visit Sukarya’s Health Clinic for her ANC Checkup. At first she hesitated but later she agreed and visited Sukarya’s Health Clinic where she had access to all health tests under one roof like: Health Checkups (HB test, BP test, Height, Weight and Blood Group), Doctor’s consultation, free medicine and nutritional supplements.
She appreciated her visit to the health clinic and promised the CHW that she would visit the clinic every month regularly and she did. She got the benefit of Sukarya’s Health Services. She also attended Sukarya’s Sanitation Drive and Cooking Demonstration. She learnt how to cook nutritional food hygienically and how to keep her surrounding clean. She became a regular and dedicated beneficiary of sukarya. She improved her HB level by changing her food practices. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl and feels proud to have a girl child. She is very thankful to Sukarya for turning her unwanted pregnancy to a lifetime experience. Now she takes an active participation in Sukarya’s field activities and motivate other women to take care of their health.
Quarterly actiities for Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) program
November'19, 2019 to February '18, 2020
No.of Health clinic organised: 14
No.of patients treated: 707
No.of Pregnant women received ANC services: 260
No.of Women recieved PNC services: 78
No.of women treated in the age group of (15-49): 278
No.of anemic women identified & treated: 165
No.of Children treated 0-6 yrs category: 101
No.of Malnourished children identified & treated 33
No.of women received counselling services 536
No.of Health clinic organised with Govt .system and celebrated as MCH day: 2
No.of Patient referred to Govt.Hospital or other facility points 2
No.of Home visits /follow ups done by CHWs 1149
No.of Patients received Nutrition supplements during Health clinic 200
No.of Immunization camp organised by Govt .in Project locations 65
No.of Immunization camp attended by CHWs 59
Total Immunization Coverage -Figure across the project locations (674Child+475ANC)= 1149
No.of Cooking Demonstration/event organised: 2
No.of people participated 61
No.of Sanitation /Cleanliness drive organised with community 4
No.of Children/people participated 131
No.of Meetings held with Govt.Health ,ICDS and other related departments 10
No.of Meeting organised with Community stakeholders ,PRIs ,Ward members etc. 8
FDG Activity on understanding food practices of community people 4 (done in all 4 Project Location)
Social Mapping Activity4 (done in all 4 Project Location)
In life, it just doesn’t get much happier than the arrival of a new baby girl. Same was the moment for Peehu’s parents when she came in to their life. But unfortunately the poor living condition of the slum in Surya Vihar coupled with challenging situation and surroundings of Aakash and Neha (Peehu’s parents), had an immediate impact on the health of Peehu.
Peehu’s poor health condition drew the attention of Sukarya's community health worker (CHO). In one of her scheduled home visits, the CHW found Peehu visibly malnourished and covered with dirt. On interacting with Peehu’s parents, the CHW found that the family was not able to give nutritious feeding to their daughter and were unaware of hygiene practices in daily life. After observing Peehu’s health condition, Sukarya’s CHW counseled her parents to visit Sukarya’s monthly health clinic for their daughter’s checkup.
When Peehu’s parents brought her to the health clinic, Peehu's weight was only 7.2 kg, which was a poor indicator of health, The doctor advised her mother that the under weight situation is not good for Peehu’s health and it is a clear symptom of malnourishment. The nutritionist counseled them about malnutrition as a critical issue in itself; lack of nutrition has repercussions in every sphere of child's development, as it stunts the physical as well as mental growth of child.
Initially, both Akash and Neha had an impression that the nutritious food would be very expensive but after attending the regular interventions of Sukarya they became aware of many low cost and easily available nutritious food items as Daliya, Seasonal fruits, pulses, mashed potatoes, milk etc. They started using them, adopted healthy living practices while focusing on Peehu’s hygiene.
And here is the good news!! On their latest visit Peehu had gained 1.2kg with her weight being at 8.6kg. Now she is out of danger zone and her weight is accurate in terms of BMI. Her parents are so happy and thankful to Sukarya’s efforts on awareness campaign on the importance of nutrition and health to sensitize children, their families and communities.
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Aug 20 to Nov.20, 2019
No.of Health clinic organised 14
No.of patients treated 713
No.of Pregnant women received ANC services 237
No.of Women recieved PNC services 75
No.of women treated in the age group of (15-49) 235
No.of anemic women identified & treated 213
No.of Children treated 0-6 yrs category 138
No.of Malnourished children identified & treated 52
No.of women received counselling services 462
No.of Health clinic organised with Govt. system and celebrated as MCH day 3
No.of Patient referred to Govt. Hospital or other facility points 26
No.of Home visits /follow ups done by CHWs 653 Ensuring Immunization by Govt.System
No.of Immunization camp organised by Govt. in Project locations 56
No.of Immunization camp attended by CHWs 49
Total Immunization Coverage - Figure across the project locations (632Child+553ANC) 1185
No.of Sanitation /Cleanliness drive organised with community 2
No.of Children/people participated 65
No.of Meetings held with Govt.Health ,ICDS and other related departments 10
No.of Meeting organised with Community stakeholders, PRIs, Ward members etc.14
Babita, Nalapar, Suya Vihar, Kapashera, Delhi
Ensuring Antenatal & Postnatal Checkups
Babita suffered from severe anemia and weakness due to poor nutrition, especially, during her first pregnancy. Due to financial struggles and lack of awareness, she had her delivery at home. Babita’s income as a house maid was not enough to afford private antenatal and postnatal care and her busy lifestyle makes it impossible to attend a government clinic. The community health worker educated & motivated her to attend Sukarya’s Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) clinic.This was how she ended up attending Sukarya’s USHA camp during her second pregnancy ensuring it to be trouble free .
At the USHA clinic she was given iron and calcium supplements and her hemoglobin level was measured in a timely manner. The Doctor and counselor encouraged her to eat healthy foods such as vegetables, lentils, and fruit. The clinic also helped her stay on track with her vaccinations throughout her pregnancy. Additionally, the physician and USHA team encouraged her to deliver her baby in the hospital to avoid any complications. Babita had a healthy baby born at the hospital. She came back with her second child for postnatal care and for her monthly prescription of supplements.
Currently both mother and child are the regular visi caretors of the clinic and they adhere to the counseling, prescriptions and guidances provided by the healthcare team about lactation and child health care.
USHA Activity Indicator June 2019 to 22nd August 2019
No.of Health clinic organised: 111.
No.of patients treated: 545.
No.of Pregnant women received ANC services: 1951.
No.of Women recieved PNC services: 411.
No.of women treated in the age group of (15-49 years): 187
No.of anemic women identified & treated 205
No.of Children treated 0-6 yrs category119
No.of Malnourished children identified & treated 40
No.of women received counselling services 315
No.of Health clinic organised with Govt .system and celebrated as MCH day11.
No.of Patient referred to Govt.Hospital or other facility points 49
No.of Home visits /follow ups done by CHWs 574
No.of Immunization camp organised by Govt .in Project locations 58
No.of Immunization camp attended by CHWs 53
Total Immunization Coverage - Figure across the project locations (761Child +505 ANC) = 1266
WASH - Water+Sanitation+ Hygiene session organised 6
No.of Children/people participated 222
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