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Hello to All,
Community response is well appreciated when they really work harder to make their children, families and villages happy. They create demand and also help the Health system in a different way.. Here is the story of Mr. Mahizudul Islam from village Bajpara part 4, #Bongaigaon district, #Assam, India. He is a SALT champion and working for the welfare of children through improving the immunization.
This is real example of behavior change, response and ownership where community providing the evidence of change, evidence of increased coverage of immunization and evidence of their hard work..
Herewith attached link where you can feel his work for community-
Summary : I am Mahizudul Islam , from village Bajpara part 4, #Bongaigaon district, #Assam, India. I am a SALT champion. Today ie 15th March 2019, some people asked if there is evidence that SALT approach is going on well or not. I want to tell them that SALT approach is going the right way.
When SALT team came to our village they asked many questions including immunization. I did not have any answers, so I went to Sub-centre where mothers take their children for immunization and asked the ANM, Doctor and ASHA what is immunization and why it is given. They explained to me. I asked them please share the data with me of last month. They shared that the target was 109 but only 35 were regularly taking vaccination. I went and discussed this issue with other youngsters like me. I thought don't parents love their children that they do not fully immunise their children.
We called for a village meeting and invited everyone including the older people. I asked why parents were not taking their children for immunization. They said that after vaccination due to fever the baby cries the whole night and we cannot tolerate his or her pain. Then, we, young people, went to the parents and explained to them the importance of vaccination to the parents and they agreed to regularly immunise their children.
Yesterday 14th March 2019 I called up ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) According to her data out of 120 children 78 children are getting immunised. Is this not a sign of improvement and you are asking us data? He ends with saying that they have been working hard as a community and needs wishes so that they can continue this trend. (This was under the project Constellation, CNES and Voluntary health association of India; video recorded by Dr Gaurav Sethi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India)
With Best wishes,