Updates from this quarter

Save the Children takes Poshan Maah campaign to the last mile

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24, 000 mothers and children reached in Maharashtra, Delhi, Bihar and Jharkhand through child screening, family counselling, and awareness on local nutritional practices aligning with the Poshan Maah campaign by the Government of India to improve nutritional outcomes in children. Along with ground-level interventions focused on mothers, children and families, policy engagement initiatives targeted a multi-stakeholder approach ugh collaboration with NITI Aayog, the Department of Women & Child Development, UNICEF, and a front-line Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) functionary.
Save the Children team also met Joba Majhi, Minister Women, Child Development and Social Security Department, Government of Jharkhand to propel nutritional rights of children.

Child treatment facilities inaugurated at Tilak Nagar hospital, Delhi

Save the Children in collaboration with South Delhi Municipal Corporation launched the operation of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Ward, and PSA Oxygen Plant at Mata Gujri Hospital in Tilak Nagar. The unit was launched in the presence of Mayor Mukesh Suryan, Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti, Sudarshan, CEO, Save the Children among others. Save the children has supported setting up of these facilities for treatment of children suffering from COVID or other ailments.

An eight bedded Pediatric ward, supported by Save the Chidren was also inaugurated by MLA Hiralal Alawa in community Health Center, Manawar in Madhya Pradesh.

Save the Children and BBC Media Action overcome vaccine hesitancy through film, awareness van

Governor of Karnataka, Thawarchand Gehlot launched a Mobile Van Campaign on COVID-19 vaccination and released a film on ‘Vaccine Confidence’ in collaboration with Save the Children and BBC Media Action, India, on 21 December in Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru. Four children - Vishnu (12), Sangeetha (14), Umabai (14) and Sathish (13) - from the waste picking community were also present at the launch ceremony along with the dignitaries. The mobile van reached 12,000 households to create awareness among 50,000 people in a span of 30 days.

A film was also launched to dispel myths, misconceptions and fear among the community members and build trust in COVID-19 vaccines. Watch the film here

Save the Children launches vaccination camps for adolescents across states

Save the Children has been organising vaccination camps and drives across states since the government’s roll out of vaccines for 12-18 years. We have also been parallelly working with children's groups to bust the fear and myths associated with vaccine, to encourage children to get vaccinated on priority. In association with health departments, schools, public and community health centers, we have administered more than 3 lakh vaccine doses on children across 11 states (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rrajasthan, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra).

Similar vaccine camps and COVID surveillance camps have also been supported to augment Health Department, Gurugram’s efforts to maximize vaccine coverage. Our mobile vehicle has vaccinated more than 800 people in 19 wards in Gurugram city.

An audio-visual tableau, supported by Oracle took the messages of COVID vaccination and careful and cautious resumption of normalcy to people from eight Gram Panchayats and workers from 45 brick kilns in Minakha districts of West Bengal.

1000 youth enrolled for vocational training, mentorship and employment

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Save the Children piloted vocational training, mentorship and employment program in five Child Care Institutions and two Day Care centers in Delhi to empower 1000 youth through a hub and spoke model- supported by AVAYA. 155 youth are accessing regular sessions of life skills, 133 on vocational training. 12 youth have also been placed. In another similar program in Delhi aimed towards dignified livelihood for youth, around 209 youths are being trained through vocational training. Out of these 100 youths have secured jobs in Delhi and NCR.

Young Campaigners Program launched in collab with MASH Project Foundation

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We joined hands with the MASH Project Foundation to launch the Young Campaigners (YC) Program on National Youth Day (12 January). The Program will enable 800 young students across 8 colleges, 4 cities – Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangaluru, who will further reach out to 80,000 young people. The aim of the program is to create an opportunity and a platform for a caucus of young changemakers enabling them to take individual and collective action for betterment of their communities.

MoU with SSA Assam for COVID-19 IECs

We have signed a MoU with Sarba Siksha Abhijan, Assam to work jointly on development of children friendly IEC materials for promoting COVID-19 appropriate behavior in schools across the state. We have organised Safe Back to School campaigns in the state to bring children back to school while maintaining COVID appropriate behaviour. Students are also informed and encouraged to take vaccines on priority for safe return to schools.

Ministers join Save the Children’s COVID campaigns

Sachin Pilot, MLA, Tonk, Rajasthan, State Health Minister, Prasadi Lal Meena, inaugurated our specialised pediatric ward established in the district hospital in Tonk, Rajasthan. These hospitals which were built amid the peak of the COVID second and third waves are serving the children in the community now. These wards are marked by colourful walls, games, desks and benches for ensuring a happy recovery for children.

In Madhya Pradesh, Health Minister Dr. Prabhuram Choudhary launched 10 vaccination vans on 3 Feb 2022, in presence of cabinet minister Arvind Bhadauria and Rajvardhan Singh, Minister of Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion of Madhya Pradesh.

11 rehabilitated from child labour get Buddy4Study scholarship

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11 children rehabilitated from child labour under SC Italy supported program in Delhi have been selected for scholarship program Buddy4Study sponsored by HDFC for children from vulnerable communities to continue their education. This scholarship has been initiated in light of COVID-19 induced challenges. These children will receive a sum of 21,000 INR every year till s/he completes her/his education.

SOP for allies for girls safety

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Save the Children presented the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Volunteering Program on Girls Safety to the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Telangana to ensure uniform and standardised service delivery across the state towards the safety of women and girls. This comes after a successful pilot of youth led safety clubs in 2000 colleges in Telangana that seeks to help girls and women access remedial bodies in case of a security breach. Save the Children will also support the department in preparing youth-friendly training modules on Cyber Safety, Domestic Violence, POCSO and Anti-trafficking.

Low-cost innovation pilot for Pneumonia management concluded in UP, Rajasthan

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Save the Children successfully concluded the pilot of low-cost innovative approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and management of Childhood Pneumonia in support of the implementation of National Pneumonia guidelines with support from Philips Foundation (the platform of societal activities of Royal Philips). The two-year pilot outreached more than 1 lakh people and saved over 800 deaths in a significant milestone aligning with the Government Integrated Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (IAPPD). The initiative holds a promise of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030) in accordance with the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD 2025) targets reducing Pneumonia deaths to less than 3 per 1000 births.