Sunday 11 September 2016

Gramsabha (Community meetings)

Gramsabha (Community meetings)

We arrange 'Gramsabha' in our 15 intervention villages for mass health and nutrition awareness and community participation. The various activities in villages are village cleaning, tree plantation, personal hygiene, nutrition demonstration, health education for infectious diseases and proper nutrition, awareness rally, games for children, street play, village meeting, De-addiction and Malnutrition documentary. These helps to improve health canvas of Melghat.
Gramsabha in progress
Nail Cutting in gramsabha

Counselor persuasion resulted into saving mother life

A pregnant lady from 'Gobarkahu' was severely anemic and in need of urgent blood transfusion. But she and her family members were reluctant for hospitalization. Due to continuous intensive counseling by Lata Kasdekar (Counselor), she was hospitalized and received blood transfusion. Thus her life was saved. 
This success story is part of our program -'Counselor Program'

Typical picture of counselor counselling relatives of patients

Result of Persuasion

Result of Persuasion-
Our four field supervisors visited 'Kawalazhiri' village for screening the tribal people for eye problems. When they introduced themselves to villagers, one of the old ladies went inside her house and locked the door from inside. She was suffering from bilateral blindness since 3 years and not able to perform her daily activities properly. But she didn’t want surgery. After continuous counseling by MAHAN team, that old lady was ready for surgery and brought to our hospital by MAHAN ambulance. She was operated successfully in our hospital free of cost. She was really very happy to see the world again. This was a winning moment for MAHAN team.

“Nasha Mukta Tyohar Abhiyan” (Alcohol Free Festival Campaign)

“Nasha Mukta Tyohar Abhiyan” (Alcohol Free Festival Campaign)
Shramdan @ Berdaballa
                ‘Holi’ is the most popular and the biggest festival of Tribal. On this occasion, tribal celebrate the festival for 5 days & drink alcohol in large quantity. We are practicing the ‘alcohol free festival campaign’ since past 7-8 years in villages. Due to our efforts, women & village committee members and key persons of villages (Ghota, Kot, Chitri) could successfully reduce social drinking to a significant extent. In two villages, alcohol production was stopped. We are diverting this energy & time in constructive work.
Benefits of alcohol free campaign:
1)      People saved their money.
2)      No fights due to alcohol in households of those villages.
3)      No crime was reported in Police Station during this period.
People participation increased in various activities

Story of Coaching mother about neonatal care:

VHW Kanatabai taking weight of Baby boy
Story of Coaching mother about neonatal care:

In Village Chitri baby of  mother 'Y' (original name undisclosed), was case of low birth weight baby. Baby boy was having problem of sucking the breast-milk. VHW Kanata aunty educated mother about how to breastfeed the baby and visited regular check up. Subsequently baby gained the weight and after 20 days he gained required weight & normal.

This success story is part of our program -'Home Based Child Care'

Story of Mother 'X':

Story of Mother 'X': 
Happy & safe Mother 'X' with her new borne baby 
Mrs. ‘X’ (original name undisclosed), 22 years tribal pregnant woman from village Chitri, was a patient of severe hypertension (Initial BP - 180/110 mm of Hg). The treatment of hypertension was started by MAHAN VHW (Village Health Worker) and her BP was controlled during her 8th month of pregnancy. Our supervisor and VHW were continuously monitoring her blood pressure in village. She was the case of Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and was at high risk because she can get convulsions at the time of delivery. Mother and child both were at risk of death. Institutional delivery was the major indication for this but her relatives especially her father in law was not ready to admit her in hospital. She has a history of still birth in the year 2014 because of PIH.

Our HBCC (Home Based Child Care) supervisor and VHW did intensive counselling of relatives for a day and admitted her to our base hospital. Her BP on the day of admission in hospital was 157/98 mm of Hg. Gynecologist started medication to control the blood pressure and she delivered a baby on the same night normally. We succeeded to save her and her baby’s life. It has been proved that continuous monitoring of the blood pressure of the pregnant women can save maternal and child lives and reduce deaths.
This is part of our program - 'Mortality Control Program for Economically Productive Age Group'.