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Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Health

CARE India’s interventions in the health sector work to improve access to quality health services for the poor and marginalised communities. By identifying the root causes of healthcare challenges, CARE India works at the individual, community and systemic levels to develop innovative solutions and help implement quality healthcare services. The work with community groups, collaborative work with government and civil society organisations include cross-cutting strategies to improve the health and nutrition status of the poorest and excluded groups, particularly women and children. With a focus on policy advocacy and system strengthening, CARE India builds the capacities of healthcare service providers and officials of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), to create impact at scale.

The various areas of healthcare system delivery addressed by CARE India’s projects include improving the quality of services for maternal and reproductive health, child health and nutrition, and early identificationa nd treatment of communicable diseases such Tuberculosis (TB), Kala Azar, pneumonia, diarrhea and HIV. To increase the uptake of services, besides the supply-side interventions, many projects work with communities and groups of mothers to break social barriers by engaging men and other key decision makers in rural households. The aim of the health interventions is to strengthen and promote comprehensive health for women and girls, and create a positive and enabling environment for accessing quality healthcare services.

Major Achievements

  • 01
    72%

    Increase in the number of one-year-olds who have completed their immunisation schedules in Bihar

  • 02
    3,239,002

    Women received delivery assistance from skilled birth attendants through our health programme in Bihar

  • 03
    60%

    Reduction in post-partum hemorrhage, better management of birth asphyxia and sustained improvement in facility based care in Bihar

  • 04
    13,000

    Weak new-born babies were saved through our home-based care programmes

  • 05
    40%

    Reduction in number of Kala Azar cases detected and reported in Bihar and Jharkhand due to our project

  • 06
    3,244

    Nurses mentored in public health facilities under Phase 1 of the AMANAT-B programme

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The Protector

Reena Devi, a resident of Naxalite affected Panapur block, Bihar, gave birth to a premature baby girl. At birth, the baby was severely malnourished, weighing only 1500 grams.

The only medical facility around was a Primary Health Centre (PHC) which lacked basic infrastructural facilities. Post the birth, the medical record of the baby was shared with frontline health and Anganwadi workers using Open Data Kit (ODK), an Android based application introduced by CARE India.

Reena was visited by the health workers at home, and they even brought an ambulance along, in case the mother and child needed medical assistance. Reena was counseled by the health workers to only breast-feed the baby. Read more…