14 Aug 2014
India is currently ranked 137 out of 178 countries in the Save the Children’s “State of the Mothers Index 2014”. This means that there is a lifetime risk of maternal death of 1:170. BKFA has been working in India with our current partners since 2009.
Deepam Trust is a grassroots development organisation functioning among highly under developed poor, women and children, dalits (the untouchables of the Indian society), nomads, tribes, beggars, oppressed rural communities and landless agricultural labourers.
The organisation was started in 1995 by youth group members from dalit humble families in the rural area to work for their development.
Deepam Trust recently conducted 3 training sessions for Birth Attendants on improving maternal and child health in 75 villages of Thanjavur, Ariyalur and Cuddalore districts. Totally 4500 women attended 90 ‘street corner’ style meetings.
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SWEAD works with women and children whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease and other handicaps. With multifaceted development interventions, SWEAD strives to bring about positive change in the quality of life of the poor women and children of Cuddalore region of Tamilnadu.
SWEAD firmly believes and is actively involved in promoting dignity and gender equality through poor people’s social, economic, political and human capacity building.
Although the emphasis of SWEAD work is at the individual level and village level sustaining the work of the organisation depends on an environment that permits the poor to break out of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. To this end, SWEAD endeavours to bring about change at the level of national policy on poverty reduction and health, SWEAD is committed to making its programs socially, financially and environmentally sustainable, using new methods and improved technologies.
Training programs were initiated in 2005 to complement the distribution of the Birthing Kits. These involved 3 – 5 day training sessions where Traditional Birth Attendants, Health Extension Workers, Village Nurses and health workers were educated in nutrition, general health care, midwifery and issues relating to HIV/AIDS prevention.
These programs were designed by the local people to meet their needs.
For more information about the training and in country kit production programs, see the Community Development and Sustainability section.