Help poor women get access to gynecology services

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Help poor women get access to gynaecology services

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Every monthly donation helps more women like Ruby access gynecology care

Ruby Shaikh lives in Chikhalwadi, Govandi. She has 3 children. With her husband being unemployed she was the sole breadwinner of the family. Ruby ran a takeaway lunch catering service for a living. She developed heavy vaginal discharge, abdominal pain and was frequently ill.

Societal taboo made her uncomfortable to seek help and she suffered in silence. She was also worried that if she was hospitalized she would lose her sustenance. During a regular home visit, an Apnalaya health worker met Ruby who confided about her problems. She was advised to come to the clinic. The doctor started her treatment.

Ruby regularly visited the Apnalaya Gynaecology clinic and completed her treatment course. She is now healthy and has resumed work completely.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Maternal Care
What you get
Tax Exemption
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Program Description

Apnalaya runs an initiative to address the issue of maternal, newborn and child healthcare and nutrition in 8 slums in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi in the M/E ward of Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Government schemes and primary health care including maternal and reproductive health care services have been inadequate and ineffective.

There are no maternity homes or inpatient health care centers for a population of 6 lakh in Shivaji Nagar. 78% of the population in this area is living in slums and has the lowest life expectancy rate. Apnalaya works towards improving the maternal health care through its antenatal and gynecology clinics. These clinics provide healthcare to women who otherwise have no access to healthcare.

When you support this program, you help in the running cost of the expenses of the clinic and help women get access to basic healthcare.

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About The NGO

Apnalaya
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Apnalaya

Apnalaya is a secular voluntary organization, that has been building self-sustaining communities since 1973. It aims to empower the disadvantaged to overcome the social, political and economic barriers and help them lead a better quality of life. They work with the most marginalized people dwelling in the slums of Mumbai. There are 4,200 children under 6 years of age at the center of Apnalaya’s Health Program.

The Health and Disability related interventions emphasize on empowering community members to improve health seeking behavior and access healthcare instituted by government agencies. The Livelihood program equips young boys and girls, men and women to identify the potential of opportunities and turn them into economic productivity. They provide sewing classes, enroll and train women who otherwise have been under cultural restraints to stay away from income-generating activities.

209 women have economically benefited from Self Help groups organized by Apnalaya. The Education and citizenship program aims to bring together the volunteers from the community so that they have a better understanding of the challenges faced by their community and identify their responsibilities towards it. In 2017, Apnalaya was awarded the Champion Level- GuideStar India Platinum for highest levels of transparency and public accountability.

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Ngo Founder
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Arun Kumar

Area of Operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Maternal health | women

Location Of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Maharashtra

Apnalaya has

helped 322 underprivileged people earn a livelihood in FY 17-18

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Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2017: Girl Power Awards

2018: Yeh Hai India award

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Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

Program Updates

30 October, 2018

Apnalaya's Update

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Program Update

The Ante Natal Care and Gynaecology clinic is open twice every week, on Tuesdays and Fridays in Padma Nagar, a slum settlement on the edge of Deonar dumping ground in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, in north east Mumbai. About 7-8 family members stay in matchbox-like shanties of 10X15 feet, surrounded by 9.2 million tons of garbage dunes. Almost every public utility service is denied - Housing, Rations, and Water - to name a few. Not only is a quality life denied, but consequently, life itself is denied - with the average age of death being 39.30 years. The predominant livelihood is rag-picking and recycling of waste. Apnalaya partners with local communities and works on issues like education, health, disability, livelihood and citizenship. The severity of the conditions in Shivaji Nagar stands at a tall note and thus the need of a clinic or a nutrition counselling becomes a priority for the people living in the 12 clusters of Shivaji Nagar. In the wake of such a condition, Apnalaya provides medicines and advice from a consultant gynaecologist who comes in every 2 days of the week to all the women attending the clinic from the adjoining areas too. This has led to a built up of a rapport within the community and the support which will ensure a strengthened community based management of issues.

Story from the field

Clinic Case Story Name: - Soleha Ansari Age: - 28 yrs. Community: - Padma Nagar

Soleha Ansari has lived with her family in Padmanagar from last 5 years. Her family includes 5 people, 3 children and Soleha and her husband lives in a rented house. Since her huband is the only one member who works in Garment factory as labour, taking care of house hold expenses is very difficult and there is always shortage of money and often changes a house.

Solheha has been taking medicines from the hospital for 8 years. When Soleha was pregnant with her third child, she followed the advice given by the doctor and was regular in the clinic.

She had registered her name in the government hospital but due to lack of money, she was taking medicines from Apnalay Clinic.

According to Soleha when she was taking her one child to private clinic, she used to spend more money on consulatation and also they used prescribe medicines from outside, but since she started taking medicines from Apnalaya Clinic she is able to take care of her three children health related expense in half of the money she used to spent earlier on her one child. She also likes the advice and treatment given at Apnalaya Clinic doctor. As a result when she given birth to her third child, she decided to go for birth control.

Solihaha thinks that the apnalaya clinic is very useful for poor and poor people in the area.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-191000
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year553

18 May, 2018

Apnalaya's update

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Our Clinic successfully serves the 12 clusters of Shivaji Nagar with the help of two doctors associated with us from the last 6 years. Some of the patients are referred by the health workers who work in the community, while some of them are walk-ins from the same community. The clinic encourages many women and girls to visit the premises with ease and confidence. Patient data: From 1st January 2018 to 31 March 2018, 351 patients, attended the Antenatal and Gynecological Clinic. Also, during this quarter, 38 women attended Antenatal care clinic and 313 women visited the gynecology clinic. This quarter, 38 women attended the ANC Clinic out of 1st Trimester - 12, 2nd Trimester - 16, 3rd Trimester - 10, 44 women came for menstrual problems, 57 women came for white discharge problem, 8 women came due to Infertility, 3 women came for Information, 27 women came for IUD - Insertion, 15 women came for IUD - removal, 56 Women come for IUD - checkups, 96 women came for other Gynecological illness, 38 women came for Antenatal visits, 7 women came for post-natal visits. Remarkably, 14 of them were referred to the nearby government hospitals for registration for antenatal care with the government (5 women referred by gynecological problems which require diagnostics, 3 women referred by ANC Registration , 1 referred by MTP, 1 woman referred by less than 6 HB, 2 women referred by Eyes Checkup, 2 women referred by FP, 1 women referred by TB. Most of the diseases diagnosed and treated result from the vicinity of the dumping ground and living conditions of the patients.

Soleha's story Soleha Ansari had been living with her family in Padmanagar for the past 5 years with her husband and three children. Since her husband is the only one member who works (in Garment factory as labour), taking care of household expenses is very difficult and there is always shortage of money. Soleha has been taking medicines from the hospital for 8 years. When Soleha was pregnant with her third child, she followed the advice given by the doctor and was regular in the clinic. She had registered her name in the government hospital but due to lack of money, she was taking medicines from Apnalaya Clinic. According to Soleha when she was taking her child to private clinic, she used to spend more money on consultation. They also used to prescribe medicines from outside, but since she started taking medicines from Apnalaya Clinic she is able to take care of her three children's health related expenses in half of the money she used to spend earlier on a single child. She also likes the advice and treatment given at Apnalaya Clinic by the doctor. As a result when she gave birth to her third child, she decided to go for birth control. Soleha thinks that the Apnalaya clinic is very useful for the poor people in the area.

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