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.