MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child

Upcoming Events :

  • Call for Applications: Research Fellowships on Public Health and Adolescence 2018

    Upcoming Events

    Call for Applications: Research Fellowships on Public Health and Adolescence 2018.
    December 30, 2018

    MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMTA), under the aegis of its Centre of Adolescent Health and Development is offering a Research Fellowship Scheme. The fellowship aims to promote health, socio-behavioural and policy research in priority areas that impact adolescents and, is meant to develop evidence to guide quality programming and policy. Last date of apply for the research fellowship program has been extended from November 30 to December 30 2018. Know More: Click Here

Case study

MANCH spreading knowledge:

Tiku Bania is a 23 years old woman from village Niz Dahi in Darrang ditrict of Assam. She underwent a home based delivery and delivered a pre-term girl child. Soon after a month child started showing some signs of infection on skin but due to lack of knowledge and healthy behaviour family ignored the skin changes. Gradually, infection raised and leads to formation of sores in skin and started spreading all over the body. This made family a bit alert and they consulted a local quack of their village. The condition of the child continued to deteriorate.

During one community meeting, through one group member, the MANCH Mitra (Peer Leader) from the MANCH (Maternal Adolescent Neonatal Child Health) project of ITC Mission Sunehra Kal implemented by MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMTA) came to know about Tiku and her child. MANCH Mitra went to Tiku’s home and talked to her. After listening to the situation MANCH Mitra told her about the importance of maintaining personal hygiene and taking infection prevention measures for the new born child. Tiku realised that due to lack of knowledge about Home Based Newborn Care (HBNC), importance of maintaining personal hygiene, and adopting better and improved hygiene practices her child was suffering severe infection.

Tiku was told about the health services, especially under RBSK. Child was treated at Darrang District Hospital and was cured after certain visits. Now onwards, Tiku also started attending the sessions, which she was earlier ignoring. Tiku realised that information can act as an effective tool for safeguarding self and family member’s life from health threats.

Tiku says that “after attending MANCH sessions, I feel very confident about taking care of my child in much better way” and she is thankful for the program. Tiku now advises her neighbours too to attend the MANCH sessions and also motivates village women for maintaining hygienic surroundings.