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    Strengthening Community Engagement on Health Care and Domestic Violence

    “Never before has a camp been organized for women in this area by any organization. Please continue to hold such camps so that women and girls who do not step out of their homes can avail of health benefits”. Ajay, 23 years

     “The next time you hold a camp of this kind please involve my son and daughter. They will be sensitized and will also learn something” Rajrani, 55 years

    “If you organize a camp in any other area please inform me. We will support you and provide any help you may need through our Diagnostic Lab at the hospital.” Sanjay, Moolchand Hospital

     “I was initially apprehensive about how I would be able to help the doctors. But when I helped some elderly women and men I realized that there are many ways in which we can help others”. Bhawna, Volunteer, 17 years

    Following a request by the women survivor groups in the area, a health camp was organized in Block 21, Kalyanpuri, on February 26, 2017. The objective of the camp was threefold:

    • To reach out to other vulnerable women including pregnant, lactating and the elderly in block and clusters of 12, 17 and 21.
    • Engage with the community in these areas on issues of violence against women, especially domestic and intimate partner violence.
    • And to strengthen nutrition and health care services in the settlement by linking up with Anganwadi and ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers.

    The camp was attended by 450 people (349 women and 101 men) from the three clusters and blocks. Of them, 300 patients registered for diagnosis, treatment of various ailments and to seek advice on gynecological problems, anemia, nutrition deficiency in infants and joint pains in elderly women and men. Specific queries relating to STIs, RTI, ANC and PNC were also addressed.

    Dr.Poonam Tripathy, CDPO East, briefed the women on the various services and benefits provided by Anganwadi centers, under the ICDS (Integrated Community Development Scheme), for children in the 0-6 age group.  While doing so, she explained that, “the anganwadi is ä preschool for toddlers where various methods are used to facilitate motor and development skills in young children. The anganwadi workers also take care of the nutrition and immunization needs of children so that they can be protected against diseases.”

    Apart from this, ASHA workers were trained to provide information on the services that are available for pregnant women at the institutional dispensary and hospitals, for care of new born children and for facilitating safe motherhood. The workers also give information on methods of contraception, the need for a gap between children and the adverse effects of frequent pregnancies on women’s health and well being. One hundred and ten (110) women registered with the ASHA and Anganwadi workers for counseling and information on services provided by ICDS.

    A counseling desk was set up by the CFAR team to provide information through the Women’s Helplines 181, 1091, 1516 and PWDVA (Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005), as well as free legal aid services through the DLSA.

    A street Play Mera Wajood was performed by the youth group Hamari Pehchaan before an audience of about 100 women, men and young people. Following the performance members of the youth group responded to questions raised by the audience. Many in the audience also shared personal experiences of violence. Four cases of domestic violence were also registered.