Sabuj Sangha envisions a society where all people enjoy equal rights and have access to equal opportunities. Its mission is to ensure sustainable development of marginalised and vulnerable people to ensure them a quality life through empowerment, education, information, infrastructure development, healthcare service and economic self-reliance through convergence of services provided by local self-governments.
Their idea to is inculcate values such as equality, respect, service beyond self, transparency and accountability. The organisation aims to achieve the following objectives: 1. To improve general health condition of the local communities by enhancing access to basic health care services, and increasing awareness amongst local communities on health and nutrition issues. 2. To reduce health hazards by improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation infrastructure and promoting good hygiene practices and behavioural change. 3. To promote quality education among children from poor households and protect them from various forms of exploitation and abuse. 4. To improve livelihood security of the poor households by promoting sustainable agriculture, skill development and credit and market linkages. 5. Build capacity of people living in vulnerable areas to cope with, minimise and overcome the impact of natural and human made disasters. Sabuj Sangha has implemented a range of projects covering sectors such as health, education & child protection, water sanitation & hygiene, livelihood development, women empowerment, disaster response & preparedness etc. The organisation has been receiving funding from international and national agencies, government of India, government of West Bengal and corporate houses since more than three decades.
Proposal – Community Health Programme in Sundarban
Sundarbans is cluster of island bereft of developmental progress and basic facilities such as health services, public transport etc. In such circumstances, Sabuj Sangh aims to make health services accessible to the local community, primarily to pregnant women and young children in Sundarbans. Sabuj Sangh received financial support from THF for the first time in April 2015 for Rural Health and Training Centre (RHTC) and three small Outreach Centres (ORC). RHTC has facilities for institutional delivery, pathology, X-Ray, ultrasound and medicines at subsidized rates. Under the central government’s schemes for Mother & Child Care, Sabuj Sangh receives payment for each delivery. In April 2016 project, Sabuj Sangh received support as last year on i) OPD for 9800 patients ii) ANC & PNC care for 1500 pregnant women & lactating mothers, ii) immunization, supplements for malnourished mothers in 24 villages of 8 Gram Panchayats.
Sundarban Social Development Centre
Sundarban Social Development Center (SSDC) has been working for the last 25 years in South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal on various developmental issues such as health, education, nutrition, women empowerment, livelihood, drinking water, sanitation, eye care, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction strategies. SSDC believes in collaborative and participatory approach and involves community through various groups such as Children’s Parliaments, Kishor Kishori Bahinies, child protection committees and village development committees. The major donors of SSDC have been the Government of West Bengal, Government of India, Save The Children-India, Water for People-India, Terre Des Homes Foundation – Lausanne, CRY-India, PAZ Belgium, KFB Austia, MPTF – USA, Sight Savers International.
SSDC has the following multi-health facilities i) Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) for providing nutritional care to the malnourished, ii) Well-equipped Eye hospital for Eye Check-ups, Tests & Medicines, provision of surgeries and operative follow-ups, iii) Boat program for two health services – a) Eye care services and b) Nutritional support and Mother & Child care.
SSDC is implementing the Clinic Boat service in one of the most backward and disadvantaged regions of Sundarbans in the Pathar Pratima Block situated at South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. In the first year, SSDC was able to reach out to 12,165 patients including 2300 children. The regions suffer from seasonal natural calamities, poor communication and transportation facilities and low standard of living. People suffer from various health related issues such as waterborne diseases, malnourishment, anaemia among adolescents and mothers, low birth weights and high risk pregnancies without adequate support.
Through Clinic Boat, SSDC will continue to support 36 villages in seven Gram Panchayats reaching out to 1,56,750 people among which 19,169 are children between the age of 0 to 6 years and 24,857 numbers of eligible couples. The boat will run for six days and conduct camps at 9 centre points of GPs one in each GP at either river side or any central point reachable to all villages. The project proposes to provide basic healthcare services on daily basis to average 60 numbers of mothers along with children, adolescent and general patients. The services are ANC/PNC care to malnourished and anaemic mothers, children and adolescents from the marginal community through Clinic Boat for better accessibility and to capacitate the community and local health workers for its sustainability. Besides, SSDC will extend the awareness campaigns and will work closely with the government agents such as ANM, ICDS, Asha workers.
Beyond the project time frame, KGMU and its regional partners will use the project as a “proof of concept” for expansion into other regions of UP, thus continuing to increase access to more sight-restoring transplants for the corneal blind.
The Apollo Cochlear Implant clinic, the first in South India, was established in 1994 at the Apollo Health City, Hyderabad. With more than 1100 implantations since 1994, the CI program has grown to be one of the largest paediatric implant programs in India and South Asia. A dedicated implant team of ENT surgeons, Audiologists, Habilitationists (AVT Therapists), Speech and Language Pathologists, Nurse and support staff to help with the whole process of caring for children.
Apollo hospital carries out approximately twelve CI surgeries every month and has successfully completed approximately 1100 CI surgeries in Apollo Hospital in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad till date. The hospital has facilities for assessment of new-born hearing using Oto Acoustic emissions and Auditory steady state responses. Apollo will provide its services to carry out CI surgery for people suffering from hearing impairment and deafness, especially to those belonging to the marginalized communities with a special focus on children in the age group of 0 to 3 years and up to the age of 5 years on the recommendation of the concerned doctor.The activities proposed under the present program are as follows:
- Audiology Evaluation
- Detailed assessment of hearing impaired children to determine Cochlear Implant candidacy
- Cochlear Implant Surgery
- Post-Surgery Rehabilitation