1. Blindness Prevention: More than 25,120 children have been given Vitamin A to save them from going blind. These are children from India and Nigeria, in slums, villages, orphanages, street children, and those living in shanties at construction sites.
1.4 million children worldwide go blind, the commonest cause being Vitamin A deficiency. In India, there are about 320,000 blind children. This is more than any other country in the world. Preventing blindness in children is a priority since it can affect their development, mobility, education and employment opportunities. These are children who live on a handful of rice daily, and have never seen milk, eggs and butter
2. Deworming: 15155 children have been given deworming tablets to treating worm infestation, thus improve health and nutritional status. Treating worm infestation improves nutritional status, as it prevents loss of nutrients from the body, prevents micronutrient deficiencies, and ensures that children retain adequate nutrients to support their mental and physical development.
3. Prenatal Vitamins to Disadvantaged Mothers :These will improve nutrition for both the mother and the child. We have started a pilot with 500 pregnant women in India and 1200 women in Nigeria, each has been given a bottle containing 180 tablets of high quality vitamins. This project will go to scale in 2020 to serve 4000 women
4. Holistic health care: More than 32,000 disadvantaged families educated on breast feeding, immunisation, hygiene, hand washing techniques. We take care of gender issues and encourage families to do so. We dispel harmful life-threatening myths, such as: applying cow-dung on the umbilical cord, cessation of feeding when a child has diarrhoea or vomiting, giving diluted milk to neonates, going to witch-doctors who burn children with hot iron to ‘cure’ diseases, etc.
5. Promoting gender equality: There is great injustice meted out to women and girls. The girl child is neglected when it comes to health and education. Girls are given less food than boys. Boys get lentils and vegetables; girls get rice. Female feticide has been rampant for a long time.. All this left a lasting impression and motivated us to work for gender equality, especially in the field of health. Providing the gift of sight is the first step towards women’s independence. Women are denied opportunities, and the situation is much worse if she is blind. A girl who has the gift of sight gets education, jobs, entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities.
Every Infant matters has been implementing its projects both directly or through health camps held in partnership with other NGOs, physicians, and charitable organisations:
1. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has carried out blindness prevention and womens health camps in Lucknow, UP, India in November 2019. Camps were organised by Dr Rukhsana Khan, I am past President IMA lucknow, .past vice president IMA, UP, India, Presently UP Chair Person WDW (Multispeciality Female Wing) sister concern of IMA. These camps were attended by women and children from slums of central lucknow as well as its suburban villages. Dr Khan accompanied by a team of doctors volunteered their time for this.
2. DEACON EKPENYONG EFFIOK, FOUNDER & CEO, JEKSUME RESOURCES NIGERIA, CALABAR : This organisation has carried out a series of health camps in Nigeria, in Ikot Ansa Primary Health Care center, and Diamond hill primary health care centre., Nigeria, attended by several thousand women and children. the camps were hedl between September 2019-November 2019. More than 100 volunteers were in preparation for the training by Vitamin Angels. Children and women came directly to the camps, others were are approached by volunteers from their work, farms, markets and schools for the children, and where members of any organisation are gathering, such as in churches, mosques etc.
Prenatal Multivitamins given to 15,762 women.
Vitamin A and Albendazole given to 1198 children.
3. New Health camp in NIGERIA: by Dr EKPENYONG EFFIOK, FOUNDER & CEO, JEKSUME. A large scale camp carried out in Ekori community, Yakurr LGA in Cross River State, Nigeria, from 28th to 30th December, 2019. They were able to cover over 2,700 women beneficiaries . They have been booked to return in 6 months time to carry out another round of health services.
4. Camp in collaboration with Chetna NGO and Apollo Hospitals was held in Mahipalpur on 1st September 2019. Another camp was held Maidangadhi Delhi on 28th August 2019 with collobration of Apolo group of Hospital and around 500 people have been benefited in each camp. Chetna is an NGO "Chetna Samaj Karya Evam Punerwas Sanstha " BUNDI Rajasthan and working at southDelhi,Jaipur,Bundi and few other places of Rajasthan. .
5. Health camps organised in Partnership with JNU Jaipur. Pregnant women were given prenatal vitamins given by the physicians at the in-house hospital of JNU. Marginalised children from slums and villages were given Vitamin A and Albendazole both at the hospital as well as the camps they have organised in the slum areas.
6. Virat Hospitals and Dr Virat Vir Yadav have conducted health camps in Rewari Haryana in villages and orphanages
7. Health camps for children of labourers at construction sites by Pediatrician Dr Shalini Pandey
8. Bhagat Foundation, Gareeb graamin seva trust
9. Saksham: Saksham is implementing Projects of Every Infant Matters through its community teaching programs, plays, events, seminars & workshops at school, college, university as well as village & gram panchayat levels.
Health camps in Nigeria