The Child Health program aims to reduce child mortality and morbidity amongst rural communities by developing better child health-related norms at the community level.
- High Infant Mortality rate (63 per 1000 live births) (SRS 2008)
- 75% of children below the age of three are anemic (Health Survey by MIT/Vidya Bhawan Society, 2007-08)
- 64% of children are still without complete immunization (Seva Mandir survey in rural Udaipur in November 2009)
- Only 36% of children children have had check-ups within 10 days if delivery (DLHS-3)
Seva Mandir’s response:
- Home based care for neo-natals and infants through trained village level women (Bal Sakhis). Currently there are 53 Bal Sakhis working in 37 Villages across five blocks.
- Camps in 128 hamlets per month for immunization and the and treatment of childhood illness.
- There has been an improvement in the immunization status of children with 60% of the children getting full immunization in the intervention areas as compared to 36% in comparison areas.
- There have been signs of positive change with regards to the care of newborns and infants specifically with feeding practices.
- The Baby Warmer and Kangaroo technique are effective in the home based management of newborns with a low birth weight.
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