Healthy Start – Our Approach
By creating awareness within communities to address maternal, neonatal, child health needs; informing parents about healthcare services; finding solutions to overcome challenges and accessing these services, CRY and its grassroots partners work towards ensuring the local public healthcare and the anganwadi centres have the necessary infrastructure and qualified health workers to provide effective delivery of quality maternal and child health care.
Our approach include:
- Activate defunct or demand new healthcare centres if the village has none.
- Support the health workers in providing pre-natal care, adequate food and timely health checkups to pregnant woman so that she stays fit and gives birth to a healthy child. Without it she transfers her ill-health to her unborn child, and sets off a cycle of malnourishment.
- Make parents and communities aware of the need of immunisation through local mediums of street plays, women group meetings, posters, wall writings, etc. The idea is to create demand for immunisation from within the community.
- Demand and ensure adequate health workers at Anganwadis i.e. - ASHA workers, Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) workers, Auxiliary Nursing Midwifes (ANM)
- Organise a monthly Mamta Divas/ Motherhood Day to spread awareness on the life saving benefits of immunisation and facilitate checkups for mothers and children.