Ray of hope for tribal infants, moms


English: National Rural Health Mission of India

English: National Rural Health Mission of India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Saturday, Aug 4, 2012, 8:49 IST
By Dilnaz Boga | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA


Despite the slim chances, Mayur Bhagat survived.


In Waghwadi’s Shahapur block in Thane, two-month-old was breathless and suffering from acute nasal and chest congestion when he was rushed to Dhakne’s sub-centre. But no doctor was present there. He was treated by a doctor on a field visit.


Bhagat received treatment through Community Health Initiative (CHI), an initiative of Impact India Foundation (IIF). Two million tribals in Thane are reaping its benefits.


CHI is a part of the National Rural Health Mission and is being implemented in the Parali primary health centre of Wada block in Thane. “Since May 2012, it has been working to reduce malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality,” said IIF’s general manager (special projects) Neelam Kshirsagar. The Wada block is home to approximately 60,000 tribals


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