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Only 44% of children between 12-23 months are fully immunized against the six major preventable diseases. Nearly 80% of infants have anaemia. Only 52% of women have at least three ante natal care visits and only 39% have access to government services for ante natal care and delivery. Despite India’s impressive economic growth, access to and the quality of healthcare have a long way to go. BSWI works to fill gaps in the system by providing healthcare services. BSWI believes that the concurrent development of preventive and promotive health is crucial to the well -being of those who are unable to afford regular health care. With this in mind, BSWI plays a crucial role in providing health-care facilities, developing health seeking behaviour and strengthening the existing health delivering mechanisms amongst the target communities.
At least 43% of Indian children under the age of 3 suffer from malnutrition. Malnutrition is linked to half of the child deaths in India. BSWI’s nutrition projects focus on educating women, especially pregnant and lactating mothers, to make the best of what is available. This is usually done by a health worker, a local woman who will be trained by BSWI but who can engage with the women she is trying to help. BSWI also runs an emergency ward for severely malnourished children, which is funded by the S. J. Jindal Foundation. The low cost model BSWI uses to rehabilitate severely malnourished children has been recommended by the state health department.
BSWI has been collaborating with the State’s various health and sanitation programs like Pulse Polio Campaigns, Leprosy Cure Campaigns, Mother & Child health programs, Nutrition programs, and various linkage development areas.
BSWI has set up a curative clinic cum referral center in its campus that is operating since the year of 1987. Annually, the clinic provides curative services to an average of 5000 needy people who suffer from various diseases.
Health and Human Rights training: Health and Human Rights training is been organized by BSWI with a focus on inter-linkages between health and human rights. The training is designed to sensitize people working on issues relating to health and identify issues pertaining to health in the rights framework to guide the analysis and action on the same. BSWI fills the gap between what people with low-literacy skills understand and what health care providers expect their patients to know. By helping the health care providers design plain-language materials, using words and symbols patients with low-literacy can understand, and helping low-literacy adults learn important health information through adult literacy programs through the SHGs and farmers groups. BSWI’s Health Awareness Initiative has raised significant awareness among health care providers about the link between low-literacy and poor health outcomes. Through trainings and the orientations, BSWI continued to train village health volunteers and local quacks to improve their communications with patients and incorporate plain language and cultural awareness into their community outreach efforts. To ensure parents have the right information and skills they needed to become better health advocates for themselves and their children, BSWI trained Village Mobilizers and SHG members on how to integrate health and literacy education, and access and use appropriate health information resources. To support this effort, BSWI has developed posters, flip charts and plain language health education materials for village mobilizers and SHG leaders working with parents with limited literacy skills.
  • ANC/PNC Camps
  • Under-five Health
  • Family Planning Awareness Camps
  • Curative Support
60 ANC/PNC camps were organized in 10 villages where the pregnant and the lactative women were registered and given proper aids and advices to protect themselves from various diseases during their pregnancies and lactative periods. 421 women were provided the services in ten villages.
The services comprised of:
  • health record cards
  • weighing machines
  • Immunization and prescription for curative purposes by the organizations doctor.
  • 55 Under-Five Camps were organized in the villages where all the eligible children were provided with immunizations support in the following aspects:
  • Pulse Polio
  • DPT
  • Measles
  • BCG
  • 1270 children below the age of five years received the services from the project. The project received very good government support and coordination in implementing this program.
    10 such camps have been organized in ten villages, where more than 2400 couples participated. Arrangements have been made with the government hospital (PHC) for supply of condoms and providing the women with Copper T devices as and when required. The village workers are actively working along this line. Services provided in this program are:
  • FP monitoring cards at individual level
  • Demand – supply records at the government hospital
  • Field visits by the village workers and the government field staff
  • Some medicines and health equipments have been provided to the organizations Health Clinic for providing treatment to the needy and deserving people of the project area. During the period, 310 patients have been treated by the trained health professional of the organization in its Health Clinic. Diseases covered were: diarrhea, fever, small injuries, and other minor ailments.
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