Reproductive and Child Health under Urban Slum Health Programme

Providing Basic Health Care to Children and Women in slums

Urbanization is associated with many health challenges, especially for the women and children in the slums who are the most vulnerable to diseases mainly due to lack of basic hygiene and sanitation infrastructure and health care facilities and services nearer to them. Lack of awareness among the women and their family members on safe delivery is resulting in hazardous deliveries at home leading to loss of precious lives of the women and the new born or morbidity of the new born and permanent damage to the women’s health. In order to address these issues and to promote safe institutional delivery as well as to create awareness among the slum dwellers, especially women and adolescent girls, the Public Private Partnership cell of the NRHM, Odisha has entrusted OLS the responsibility of running an Out Patient Department (OPD) and providing health care services catering to nearly 25000 people in a cluster of 27 slums in central Bhubaneswar. A team consisting of the Project Coordinator, a Specialist Doctor, Two Auxiliary Nurse Midwives, 1 Pharmacist and 8 Link Volunteers who have been trained by NRHM are engaged in providing the relevant services for the intended beneficiaries. The activities carried out are:

  • Ante Natal care, Promotion of institutional delivery, Post Natal care
  • Promotion of health & nutrition of infants, adolescent girls and pregnant & lactating women
  • Immunization of children and pregnant women
  • Identification of RTI and STI cases and referral services
  • Promotion of use of impregnated mosquito net
  • Promotion of use of safe contraceptives for family planning
  • Sterilization camp
  • Outreach health camps
  • Awareness on health and sanitation issues and remedial measures
  • Capacity building training of adolescent girls, SHG members

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