Maternal and Child Health Initiatives

The Foundation has initiated 25 Nutrition Centres for pregnant and lactating women. Women come into these centres every day to take a scientifically worked out diet supplement. These also serve as centres for awareness and education on childcare, nutrition, AIDS, child spacing, etc. Sensitization of mothers and mothers-in-law of pregnant women, healthy baby competitions, peer-to-peer learning approaches, all help to sustain proper nutrition and childcare practices. These centres provide Regular medical check-ups during pregnancy, Awareness on the importance of health and nutrition, Awareness on institutional deliveries and immunization. Awareness on colostrum feeding, breastfeeding and family planning. The celebrate special events such as Godh Barai, Annaprashan, Healthy Baby Show etc.

Highlights

The program has so far reached over 2000 women and has shown excellent results.

Every year, about 500 women benefit from these centres.

Provision of supplementary nutrition consumed by women in the Centre itself ensures that the concerned women get the necessary inputs.

Weight of the child at birth has seen a record rate of not less than 2.5 kgs

Complete immunization has come up to 100% from 65%, in 2008.

100% initiation of colostrum feeding and exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months

Case Study

Hope Blossoms at Vemagiri!

For orphans who are infected/ affected by HIV, living itself is a great struggle. GMRVF channelizes the support extended by the colleagues of Vemagiri Power Generation Ltd, Rajahmundry and a few ex-servicemen to such children. The employees are providing education support to 113 AIDS orphans. Some children have been provided with bicycles. Further, 25 children are assisted with regular nutritious food support. Foundation facilitates regular Anti Retro Viral therapy and CD4 Count tests (Cluster of Differentiation 4-a glycoprotein whose count is measured to assess the immune system in human beings) for these children in collaboration with the Government Hospital, Rajahmundry. There is a remarkable improvement in the CD4 count of the children.

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