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The slums are uniformly characterized by inadequate provision of basic infrastructure and public services necessary to sustain health, such as water, sanitation, and drainage.
The Sukarya Swasthya Kendra functioning since 2005 in Sushant Lok is catering to the basic health needs of the population residing in such slums. 32-year-old Santosh is a widow and has two sons and a daughter. She works with a private school as a cleaner in Gurgaon. Santosh suffered from acute body pain for many months but did not receive any treatment as the nearest government facility was six kms away and she could not bear the expenses of the private clinic. Owing to her ill health, she could not discharge her duties at work and had to take leaves.
Sukarya's community health worker met her and convinced her to see the doctor at the community health centre. There she received proper medicines and counseling. The community health worker followed her throughout the treatment to ensure that she takes proper care of herself. Slowly, her condition improved and now she is back to her work. She also regularly visits the centre for all her and her children's ailments. Your donation can make basic health facilities available to the poor. **You can donate with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.
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What the beneficiary gets
Sukarya centre provides quality health services to the underprivileged of Saraswati Kunj slums of Gurgaon. Many people living here still do not have access to basic quality health care services. Government health centres are located very far away and the costs incurred in travelling these distances, coupled with the unpredictability of finding a provider at the centre is the reason why most of the people avoid going there.
Swasthya Kendra, Sukarya provides the entire gamut of primary health services. A physician runs the clinic every Thursday and provides medical check-up and medicines. The health workers counsel women on antenatal care, breastfeeding, importance of an institutional delivery, anaemia control etc. The centre is supported by a strong community outreach programme where a community health worker conducts home visits to build awareness about key health issues like nutrition, personal hygiene and sanitation. They also send people requiring help to the centre and follow up those undergoing treatment to ensure that they recover completely.
5 October, 2021
Life continues through Covid
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc) - Saraswati Kunj and Neemthala slums of Gurgaon. Number of people impacted - 367 Total 367 were impacted through the health clinics, health awareness sessions on maternal-child health care and nutrition, and awareness sessions on COVID19. 3 Health Clinics were conducted in which we attended 95 patients4 Health awareness sessions on maternal-child health care and nutrition were organized. 81 beneficiaries attended these sessions. 4 COVID awareness sessions were organized. 77 beneficiaries attended these sessions. 1 Routine immunization camp through PHCs was organized. 28 beneficiaries benefitted. 257 Home visits and follow-ups of the targeted patients by the Community Health Worker 1 COVID relief dry ration food distribution was done. 50 people received dry ration packets.
Challenges faced and next steps
Due to COVID, it was a big challenge to implement activities in the field with COVID protocol and guidelines. Ensuring Social/Physical distancing in the execution of activities and changing the behaviour of people about wearing masks were the biggest challenge and hurdles in the execution of project activities. Through regular dialogues, awareness sessions and sensitization about the issue we overcame the challenges. The same activities such as health clinics, health awareness sessions and COVID preventive measures awareness activities will be continued.
Stories from the ground
Impact story:“I will never forget how I and my unborn fetus were nurtured”Being a mother is a joyful experience. But when a family is singularly focused on having a male child, the anxiety levels of the expectant mother are high. For Mona, her pregnancy was dominated by stressful moments. Her diet was neglected and she knew from her conversations with other women and health workers in the area that she was malnourished and anaemic. These conditions would severely impact the newborn. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire household’s attention shifted to protecting themselves from infection and managing the perils of an infodemic where unreliable information was causing panic and fear. Mona’s antenatal check-ups were missed and proper monitoring of her blood pressure was not done since her mother-in-law refused to let her go to the health centre, lest she brings back COVID infection for the entire family. Mona felt increasingly uneasy and fatigued but could not share with anyone. When her IFA tablets got over, she told her husband that she had to visit the health centre. With much reluctance he took her and the doctor confirmed Mona’s fears that she was indeed severely anaemic, to the extent that there were high chances of the child being born with retardation. This made the husband more responsible and he promised the doctor he would personally monitor Mona’s food intake and bring her regularly for her ANC visits. He knew the Sukarya team was visiting their household for a long. He decided to personally have a word with them and see how much support they could provide. Sukarya was happy to see him take a proactive approach, involving himself in his wife’s wellbeing. Food packets got customised to suit Mona’s health condition and added multivitamins for her and the rest of the family. Regular visits by Project Coordinator, Sukarya ensured that it was Biplap who was now dedicated to protecting his family from COVID-19 and also giving his wife all the support and care she needed. Mona was thrilled with this change in Biplap. She was now eagerly looking forward to her delivery. Biplap also assured her that boy or girl, all he wanted was for the baby and mother to be healthy.
23 March, 2021
Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Services for Slum Dwellers
In times of COVID-19, other health issues have been put on a back-burner. It has affected many essential health services - maternal and child health (MCH) services being one of them. Neglect of MCH services can lead to the possible rise in morbidity and mortality among mothers and children. This impact will be exacerbated among underprivileged women and children, who already had constrained access to health services, even under non-pandemic conditions.
Access to health and nutrition services for mothers and children has been the sole responsible factor for the high mortality rate in India. So, it is absolutely important to create a society where women’s health is extremely important, and healthy children are more likely to grow as healthy adults.
The Basic Health Care Service (BHCS) Unit of Sukarya provides basic primary maternal child health needs like ante-natal and postnatal checkups, disbursement of medicine, providing food supplements, counselling services but also identify, detect and diagnose anemic and malnutrition condition amongst mothers and children.
The BHCS unit serves as the first service point for targeted beneficiaries and it also ensures routine immunization and TT vaccination facility for children and pregnant women in collaboration with the Government’s Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), Wazirabad.
Through the health awareness sessions, key information, and messages involving usage of masks, periodic hand washing, importance of social distancing are being explained time and again.
The centre is supported by a strong community outreach programme where a community health worker conducts home visits to build awareness about key health issues like nutrition, personal hygiene and sanitation.
Regular health awareness sessions are done on immunization, antenatal care, breastfeeding, advice on institutional delivery.
5 August, 2020
Sukarya is committed to saving the lives of women and children
Sukarya is committed to saving the lives of women and children
The Swasthya Kendra (health centre) was set up in the year 2005 within the Sukarya office premises. The aim was, to reach the underprivileged, especially those living in Saraswati Kunj and adjoining slums of Gurgaon where mostly migrants and construction labour resided.
The team comprises of an MBBS doctor, lab technician and a medicine dispenser. The centre has a strong community outreach programme where a community health worker conducts home visits to build awareness about key health issues like nutrition, personal hygiene and sanitation.
- A physician visits once a week (every Thursday) for four hours and provides medical check-up and medicines as part of an OPD facility.
• Other services include diagnosis and treatment by a female MBBS doctor; pregnancy, antenatal and postnatal check-ups; medicine disbursement; laboratory test services (HB, BP, blood sugar, height & weight measurement); counselling and referral services.
• Preventive services include fortnightly health sessions; group meetings with target groups; community awareness meetings; home visits and follow-ups by the community health worker; and community mobilsation campaigns.
• Organising & celebrating monthly mother and child health days in collaboration with the government health & ICDS department.
- The centre is supported by a strong community outreach programme where a community health worker conducts home visits to build awareness about key health issues like nutrition, personal hygiene and sanitation.
- Collaborate with primary healthcare centres (PHC) where monthly Mother and Child Health (MCH) days are organised.
- Hold camps and provide regular services on immunization, antenatal care, breastfeeding, advice on institutional delivery, basic health checkups and medicine and counselling under one roof.
S. N. Activities Achievements Outcomes
Health Clinic 20 Total patients-530
15-49 years women - 335
No. of 0-6years children - 90
Counseling of 215 Total no. of counseling -215
MCH day 06 Total immunization - 161