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Written by Shalini Sahay (Project Manager)..

World TB day commensurate falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.

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A big celebration took place last March 12 in Bareilly, UP part of the Core Group Polio Project (CGPP) achievement for 3-year free polio milestone!  This celebration is better known as the Jamboree. Community Mobilizers Coordinators (CMSs) gather from all different Districts of Uttar Pradesh to celebrate and be recognized by their great contribution at the community level. The theme of this project was life in rural areas. A new health component was also included: NEWSTART (Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust in divine power). This program encourages people to have a healthy lifestyle taking advantage of the free and natural resources given by God.

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India is about to complete consecutive three years without a polio case. Hence, it is highly expected that the country will be declared as polio free by March 2014. However the journey of polio eradication in India hasn’t been easy. In 2009, the country had more cases of polio than anywhere else in the world. 

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The narrative of Husband and Wife, 36 year old Kamlesh Kumar and 30 year old Devki Devi begins a few years back. A few years after they got marriedDevki recalls “one day in 2005 our district Block Mobilization coordinator (BMC) came to the local hospital and spoke with the doctor there about finding a Community Mobilization Coordinator (CMC) in my village, I was called and asked if I would like to work as a CMC” she adds “earlier I had worked only at taking care of the house, and was delighted that they would consider me, I had no training”. Devki had earlier looked up at the BMC’s working in the field, she knew what they did and always referred to them as Doctor Saab”. She mentions, “the ‘Respected Doctors’ had taught the other CMC’s working there about the importance of hygiene and preventative medication, the CMC’s then in turn told us”   and they wanted Devki to be part of their team.

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Written by Gladwin Bol.

As part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, ADRA India has been working in Uttar Pradesh State since the year 1999. So far the intensified efforts were done by ADRA India in administering two drops of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to every child under the age group of 0-5 year. During the course of implementation of the polio project ADRA India always felt the need to support the children who were physically challenged either by polio of any other reasons. Hence, on 07 Feb 2014, ADRA India, in association with a private donor and health department organized an assistance camps at Baheri block of Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh state and distributed 44 blankets to the physically challenged children. Apart from this, more than 50 differently abled children and their parents were oriented on various government schemes that are available for the physically challanged children. As a part of the regular activity, Community Mobilization Coordinators are continually providing counseling services to the parents of the physically challenged children.

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Written by G. Shalini.

“I started to drink alcohol when I was six years old and started to go for work when I was in Sri Lanka. I spend my earning lavishly in drinking alcohol and gambling.” says Mr Ramesh

Mr. Ramesh, 43 years lives in Anaiyur Camp, Madurai district. He arrived to India as a refugee during his 18 years of age and started working as a daily wage laborer  He married an Indian woman by the name Ms. Angala Eswari and she recalls, “After marriage, my husband’s drinking habit increased and he used to fight with me daily in the night asking money for buying alcohol. In this situation, I had to go for work to take care of my children and their studies. I am working for the past 22 years in petrol bunk and with the earning only I am managing my children education. My elder daughter and younger son while returning from school would first peep inside our home for their father’s presence so that they could hide themselves in neighbours home for the fear of his beatings.”

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Written by Shalini Sahay (Project Manager).

The community mobilization model for TB care and control is a promising strategy to fight the disease. The women above volunteered to be trained as health educators for TB are engaged in disseminating key messages to the wider community.

One of the strategies of the Axshya India Project for TB care and control is tapping and collaborating with community-based organizations such as this women’s group. The approach taken by the project was the identification and strengthening of existing CBOs (community-based organizations) in order to enhance their operating capacities for TB care and control. The women are part of various self-help groups (SGH) that mainly undertakes economic activities. The women above were trained for a day and now serve as the source for awareness generation on TB in the community.

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Written by Abhishek Gupta .

Baby Show had been organized by Health Department & CORE/ADRA India at Block - Baheri, District in Bareilly  on 21st November 2013. Health department  invited CMCs and mothers from our CMC areas. Due to the shortage of RI cards, MOIC made selection based on the vaccination details from our Badhai Cards and distributed the prizes. The top three healthiest babies(having full immunization) of Baheri were from our CMCs' areas. This will definitely motivate other mothers for timely immunization.

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Written by by Rafael Garcia.

 Bhabuneshwar, Odisha.-  Global Medics Ultraviolet Membrane Systems units arrived to the airport of Bhabuneshwar. Global Medics (GM) and ADRA India personnel loaded these water-purifying units that will be installed in different communities that are struggling to get pure, safe drinking water. Open defecation is practiced in all these areas so traditional wells sources of water get contaminated increasing the risks of diseases among the affected populations. Water units will be installed beginning today and will provide the vital liquid for at least 3 weeks to villagers.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CORE GROUP POLIO PROJECT TEAM!

 

 

                              

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