Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sure Start

A mail on an initiative by PATH to educate pregnant women on safe childbirth. Read more about it here:

Dear Indiahelps team,

A million babies in India die each year during child birth.
78,000 women die in India during labor.
Simply because they do not know about safe child birth practices.

Sure Start project, a five-year initiative by PATH, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works towards educating pregnant mothers in India about safe child birth. Sure Start trains volunteers to meet and interact with illiterate pregnant women and their families and spread the message of safe child birth.

Sure Start uses innovative tools like games, music, songs and radio programs to educate women on the importance of medical care during pregnancy, the need for hospital births and the significance of breast-feeding and regular vaccinations for the newborn child.

Sure Start is working on promoting safe child birth in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra in India. Sure Start’s efforts have shown impressive results in these two states.

100% of committees in Uttar Pradesh have functional plans for providing transport for expectant mothers to the hospital for delivery
94% of all women in Uttar Pradesh receive the tetanus toxoid vaccine by their third trimester
75% pregnant women receive iron and folic acid tablets
85% of women in Navi Mumbai deliver in hospitals

But there are still miles to go…so many places to cover and so many lives to touch.

You can know more about us on:
Sure Start Site: http://www.path.org/projects/sure-start.php
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/Sure-Start-Project-by-Path/178629192101
Twitter http://twitter.com/pathsurestart
Orkut http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Community?cmm=96618068
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/pathsurestart/sets/72157622703699725/
Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/pathsurestart

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