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Distribution of neonatal nutritional support for HIV positive mothers

Poor health can drastically limit a child’s development—physically and mentally—and diminish his or her long-term life prospects. In India, many children suffer from preventable and treatable illnesses like those caused by intestinal worms, which prevent them from going to school and stunt their growth. In fact, malnutrition and stunting are significant challenges among India’s children: One in every three malnourished child in the world lives in India (UNICEF). And this only heightens their risk of other serious, life threatening illnesses like pneumonia and malaria.

At Children’s Hope India we believe that every child should have access to basic medical care and we strive to ensure that all of the children we serve through our projects receive this care and have a chance to not only survive, but thrive. In India, where the public health system is overwhelmed and under-financed, organizations like Children’s Hope India fill an important gap in helping poorer children obtain critical medical care. The services we support range from informing parents about nutrition and hygiene to encouraging them to have their children immunized from diseases like measles, from providing eye exams to lifesaving heart surgeries.

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Our initiatives encompass:

Vision

India has the world’s largest population of blind people, but 75% of these cases are preventable with timely and proper eye care. Children’s Hope India supports a project in rural Maharashtra that provides eye exams, glasses, and essential surgeries. Thus far, we have enabled more than 15,000 children in this part of India to see better.

Mobile Medical Care

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Mobile medical care ensures that even children and families in the most remote villages of India can access health services. In Karjat, Maharashtra, Children’s Hope India supports a mobile clinic that travels to hard-to-reach areas and enables women and children in these villages to access care that they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. The van stops at local communities and medical professionals provide check-ups, immunizations, medicines, iron and multivitamin supplements, and other services. They follow up with those prescribed medicine and also hold regular information sessions on topics like HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis.

Immunization

While the Indian government has made much progress in improving health services for children, and now provides inoculation for diseases like polio, measles, and tuberculosis, many parents are not aware of these services or the benefits, or have misconceptions. We support awareness-raising in communities and motivate parents to bring their children to local health clinics for these critical, life-saving immunizations.

Heart Surgeries

For most children with congenital heart disease living in rural India, or even in the slums of major cities, medical care is out of reach and far beyond their families’ financial capacity. We work with expert surgeons at a renowned hospital in Kolkata to ensure those most in need are able to receive lifesaving surgery and care, no matter the cost or complexity of the surgery.

"They bring us coconuts or bananas from their farm. Very shyly they place them on my table and with folded hands thank us for the help given to them for their child’s surgery.” Program Manager, Kolkata

Local Health Clinics

Children’s Hope India provides medical and support services to some of India’s most vulnerable children and women. In the Kalighat area of Kolkata, a red light district, a local clinic provides not only essential lifesaving and life-enhancing services like tuberculosis treatment, but it also provides food and supplementary nutrition for women living with HIV and their children. This is combined with various recreational and therapeutic activities and individual and family counseling. The goal of this project is to support and improve the health of these young people and their families.

“When I am big, I want to be a doctor. I will look after my mother, so that she does not fall sick.” Supriya, Kolkata

Nutrition

For the thousands of children participating in our projects, Children’s Hope India strives to provide at least one nutritious meal or healthy snack a day. This often serves as added incentive for them to attend school or non-formal education sessions and goes a long way in improving their health. At many of our projects, we also educate mothers on how important nutrition is and how they can prepare healthy, inexpensive meals for their families.

One in every three malnourished child in the world lives in India.

The services we support range from informing parents about nutrition and hygiene to encouraging them to have their children immunized from diseases like measles, from providing eye exams to lifesaving heart surgeries.