Help the poor people in the remote islands of Sunderbans get access to healthcare by Sabuj Sangha

Help the poor people in the remote islands of Sunderbans get access to healthcare

Impact

Malnourished and pregnant, Aparna finds support in a Swasthya Sevika to deliver a bonny baby

"I was afraid to go to the hospital to give birth to my baby, but they were so nice to me that I did not want to leave." - Aparna.

Aparna came to live in Nandakumarpur in South 24 Parganas after her marriage.

She met a Swasthya Sevika - community health worker, of Sabuj Sangha who suggested that Aparna should take a pregnancy test. The pregnancy test was positive. Aparna and her husband were overjoyed that they were about to welcome their first child.

However, her husband who was the sole earning member of the family had a meager income. This led to Aparna being severely malnourished. She weighed just 34 kg, and her blood pressure was alarmingly low.

The Swasthya Sevika advised Aparna to take care of herself so that she could have a safe delivery. She was encouraged to follow a healthy diet and take adequate rest. The community worker conducted regular antenatal checkups to ensure the health of mother and baby. Her weight increased over time, and she weighed 41.7kg in the last month of pregnancy.

Aparna was also advised to go to Anchal, the local sub-center to receive a tetanus injection.

Due to her condition, the health worker felt it would be safer for Aparna to have her baby in the hospital. Aparna was admitted to Sabuj Sangha Rural Health and Training Centre on her expected date of delivery. Later that night she gave birth to a boy weighing 2.4 kg. She received a hypothermia kit after the safe delivery.

The health worker continued to guide her about infant care and feeding techniques for several months after the delivery,

The access to a healthcare center and counseling helped turn Aparna's high-risk. pregnancy to a normal and safe delivery

You can also help people like Aparna get access to basic and primary healthcare facilities that they deserve. You can donate so that they can have a healthy life and not fear simple illnesses. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
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Program Description

Sabuj Sangha runs a Comprehensive Rural Health Care Center for the underprivileged people in the remote islands of Sunderbans in West Bengal.

Donations to this program will contribute to a fund that will cover the cost of honorarium for doctors, nurses, and support staff for the health center.

South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal is a vulnerable community. The area suffers from many problems. The people are economically backward, the area is undeveloped, there is a lack of infrastructure development, and is natural calamity prone.

These reasons hinder any growth, and as a result, people lack access to basic healthcare facilities.

Sabuj Sangha's comprehensive Rural Health Care Center is a part of their 'Health and Nutrition' thematic development. One of their primary concern is the health of the poor people in the area.

To address that they run two health centers, in Patharpratima and Mathurapur 'II CD Block of south 24 Parganas which are equipped with facilities like an OPD, IPD, Pathology and Radiology laboratory, pharmacy and a nursing home.

They also have a lifesaving drugs preservation unit that is run on renewable energy due to the unstable electricity supply in the area. They also have a VCTC ' voluntary counseling testing center.

There are 10 Doctors, 8 Nurses, 6 Support staff and 4 Technical staff attending to 40 people every day. There are about 24 community health workers that work in the communities around the health centers.

The services of the health center are charged to patients based on their ability to pay. People who can afford it pay the full amount of bill and for some, the costs are subsidized. 90% of patients visiting the clinic are economically backward, and for them, services are entirely free.

When you donate to this program, you help poor people from a remote area get access to primary healthcare that they deserve.

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About The NGO

Sabuj Sangha
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Sabuj Sangha

Sabuj Sangha is committed to improving the lives of people who are less fortunate in West Bengal, India, through participation and empowerment. Community engagement is an essential aspect of all their health and nutrition activities.

Their healthcare staff holds regular health camps throughout villages in the Sundarbans to spread information about the importance of a nutritional diet and sanitation practices. Their staff also works to link communities with service providers so that patients can access mandated Government services and schemes.

Their Safe Motherhood in the Sundarbans program aims at reducing maternal and child mortality through increased antenatal and postnatal care. Pregnant women are facilitated to register their pregnancy at Government sub-centers and encouraged to undertake institutional delivery through various Government schemes. They also conduct a range of health camps in the community; ensuring quality professional healthcare is available. The camps include gynaecology, optometry and pediatric services.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Ansuman Das

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

education | health

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

West Bengal

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2012: D.Y. Patil Annual Achievers Award

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

28 November, 2021

Catylist for Change

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The continuing Covid -19 situation has changed the scenario of people’s mobility and thereby consequential activities, including attending Institutional Health Facilities. The fast and vast spread has contributed to people’s apprehensions of becoming contaminated with this disease. Yet our Health Activities through our Rural Health Centre – ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ and outreach camps continued without any interval. General health services – Geriatrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Maternal Health etc. all continued. Amidst the pandemic, this was like a milestone to us. Also, we were trying to open Care Units for Covid Suspects and Patients. This is an addition to our all Milestones. The notable events were our efforts to  Carrying on General Health Services  Open Covid Care Facility Unit; Ambulance Services for transferring referred Covid Patients to higher facility health institutions; Carrying on ANC/ PNC Services and Camps for would-be and newly became Mothers; Addressing Adolescent Health issues and many more. • Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc)37 village areas covering 7 Gram Panchayats in 2 blocks of South 24 Parganas District in West Bengal, India 25000 people served through this health centreThey impacted :  Numbers of Babies were delivered in our Rural Health Centre;  Numbers of would-be and New Mothers facilitated with ANC & PNC Services; Senior Citizens were treated for Geriatrics issues, Chronic Diseases, Ortho and Gastro- problems; Adolescent Health Issues intervention Pathological Tests Ambulance Services Rendered for carrying referred patients to Higher facility govt. hospitalsThus overall health services were facilitated to the marginalised populations of remote and interior Sunderbans villages.

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Challenges faced: The continuing Covid -19 situations and restricted Public Transportation contributed to Doctors absence many times however managed consequentially; The spread of Covid-19 also kept people confined within the home even with health issues contributing to increased health hazards unaddressed; Though gradually came over; The severe cyclone ‘Yaas’ with massive landfall and vast destruction including flooding in operational villages also impacted our service mechanism adversely Covid related hurdles: The continuing Covid -19 situations and restricted Public Transportation contributed to Doctors absence many times however managed consequentially; The spread of Covid-19 also kept people confined within the home even with health issues contributing to increased health hazards unaddressed; Though gradually came over Maintaining Covid related Govt. Guideline Protocols was a big challenge as people visiting hospitals were not always following them strictly. • How did we overcome? Doctors transportation facilities were resolved with special provisions by complying with all government rules and regulations and arrangements to carry Doctors straight from the Kolkata City  We could break people’s apprehensions and myths on Covid -19 by our Community Mobilisers/ Health Workers reached out to people by Door to Door Visits for identifying ailing people and also would be and new mothers and also to raise their awareness level.  Gradually with strict vigilance in the community and also by applications of strict protocols, we could make people aware, alert and thoroughpaced with the right behavioural practices Goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? We have already proceeded for opening an exclusive unit for Covid -19 care and treatment; We will keep reaching out to wider area geography with Covid -19 awareness campaigns through massive campaigns through tabloids, Banners, Meetings by maintaining all protocols etc;  We will try to reach out to more needy marginalised people in dire need of health care supports in the remote villages of our operational area  We will keep our door to door social reach and vigilance mechanism carried to make people practised of availing Institutional Health Services  And enhance our Service to a wider demography

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Story of Sudeshna:29 years old lady Mrs Sudeshna belongs to remote Herambagopalpur village under Patharpratima administrative block in Sunderbans delta region of South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. Her family was identified as belongs to the BPL category. She gave birth to her second child (female) on 19.06.2021 at Sabuj Sangha’s own Rural Hospital i.e. Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan at Nandakumarpur village in Mathurapur II Block of South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. With close supervision of the community health workers, she had received complete ante and postnatal care during and after her pregnancy. At birth, the baby weighed 2 kgs.700 gms. Story of Ashtami:23 years old lady Mrs Astami belongs to remote Kamdevpur village under Patharpratima administrative block in Sunderbans delta region of South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. Her family was identified as belongs to the BPL category. She gave birth to her second child (male) on 20.07.2021 at Sabuj Sangha’s own Rural Hospital i.e. Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan at Nandakumarpur village in Mathurapur II Block of South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. With close supervision of the community health workers, she had received complete ante and postnatal care during and after her pregnancy. At birth, the baby weighed 3 kgs.000 gms.

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23 March, 2021

Health Care consistent amidst Disasters- Cyclone Amphan & still continuing Covid-19

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Two consecutive disasters (i) Super Cyclone Amphan (made devastating landfall on Sunderbans 20th May, 2020 and (ii) The still Continuing Covid- 19 together contributed an enduring wound to the entire marginalized Sunderbans populations and left them at dread and dismay. Sudden loss of Lives, Habitations, Crops, River Embankments, Boats, Flora etc. were severely damaged or broken. These are now gradually being restored.


The still continuing Covid- 19 and consequent prolonged lock down left the population at deep void of livelihood loss. Yet the most passionate & robust Health Team of Sabuj Sangha kept all Health Services consistent through the Rural Health Centre- ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ and Out Reach Camps at hard to reach deep riverine villages.


Health Services continued to cater the needs of Maternal & Child Care, Geriatric Care, Eye Care, Emergency Support to help reaching to bigger Hospital – all. Free medicines were also given. The supporting diagnostics facilities like Pathological Test, X-Ray, ECG, USG etc. are also continued to be rendered.


In continuing Covid -19 situation to spread awareness on Precautions and Prevention need to be followed we have developed a video.


Thus, between the periods of April – November, 2020 we remained consistent in our efforts to extend the essential needed support Health Facility to the almost un-reached deprived marginalized communities of remote Sunderbans villages. We appeal to every one please be generous and stand by our noble cause to protect children from hunger, poverty and thereby dire consequences.


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5 August, 2020

At a outreach Bulbul Cyclone Response Health Camp in Namkhana

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At a outreach Bulbul Cyclone Response Health Camp in Namkhana




The period October, 2019 - March, 2020 has remained eventful for us in various manner.
Immediately after Durga Puja on 9th November, 2010 a severe cyclone Bulbul made landfall
in the vast regions of our operational areas of Coastal & River entwined Sunderbans.


Our organisation, establishments at various corners of vastly spread Sunderbans and most specifically the communities for whom we reach out with our Health Services are severely impacted.


Yet remained consistent with regular Health Services through the Rural Health & Training Centre- 'Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan' (both OPD & IPD) and Out Reach Camps at various corners.


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