MOTHER & CHILD HEALTH

While the success of several government schemes has helped reduce maternal mortality and improve newborn care in India, it has still a long way to go to eradicate maternal mortality and curb infant mortality or address the needs of post-partum mothers. Increased demand for care in public health facilities has not been met with a comparable expansion of healthcare services.

Doctors, nurses, and midwives are in short supply, and as a result, women who opt for institutional deliveries are often discharged from facilities just hours after giving birth. Awareness is lacking and only half of expectant mothers in our country receive any kind of postnatal care, and most never receive counseling in newborn care or the importance of breastfeeding. Education in family planning and sexual health is likewise lacking.

Fortis Foundation has come forward to help bridge this gap in mother & child health It aims at looking at various issues from encouraging spacing in births to providing pre and ante-natal care to females to creating awareness on nutrition, breastfeeding, immunization and many more issues. This all is done with the support of Fortis network hospitals, through various health camps, awareness raising sessions and educational programmes in different states of our country.

Mother & Child Health Camps, Noida; Uttar Pradesh - December 2012

Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital Noida held 2 M&CH camps in the month of December 2012 for beneficiaries of a non-profit “Vidya and Child”. This Noida based NGO works in the area of educating children belonging to socio-economically marginalized sections of society, majority of them have parents who are illiterate/ semi-literate and work as domestic servants, daily wage laborers, industrial workers, rickshaw-pullers and street vendors. The first camp was held at village Sahpur, Sector 130, noida expressway and the second camp was held at Harijan Basti in Sector 37. At present these areas completely lack healthcare facilities and locals are entirely dependent on untrained medical practitioners and even on black magic. Both these camps catered to 205 children and their mothers. The children, mainly found suffering from malnutrition and general protein deficiencies were provided with a thorough check-up by the team of doctors and nurses from the facility.

Mother and Child Heath Camps in Chandigarh

With continued support from our network facilities, Fortis Foundation is committed to provide access to healthcare facilities to the underprivileged wherever practically and logistically possible. In October, Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital Mohali initiated a series of seven Mother & Child Health camps through a non-profit organization Vatsal Chhaya, which has been working in the field of providing educational and vocational training to underprivileged women and children in and around Chandigarh.

The first camp of the series was held in October at the second largest slum (colony No. 4) and the second one in November 2012 at Bapu Dham in Chandigarh. Besides providing thorough medical checkup to children and their mothers, the services at the camp also included hemoglobin testing and distribution of basic medicines. Over 250 children and their mothers benefitted from these camps most of whom were found to be suffering from anemia, malnutrition and respiratory tract infections. 5 more camps will be organized till March next year.

Glimpses of camp held by Fortis Hospital Mohali at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-Chandigarh on 18th December 2012

Glimpses of camp held by Fortis Hospital Mohali at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-Chandigarh on 30th January 2013

Glimpses of camp held by Fortis Hospital Mohali at Bapu Dham, Chandigarh on 28th February 2013

Glimpses of camp held by Fortis Hospital Mohali at Colony No. 4, Chandigarh on 24th April 2013

Breastfeeding and its Importance; August 2012

Fortis Hospital Mohali organized an awareness session on "Importance of Breastfeeding" in association with Rotary Club, Chandigarh. The session highlighted the importance of breastfeeding for a child’s immunity, healthy growth and development. A session on hand hygiene was also held in which 7 vital steps of hand washing were demonstrated. Around 70 women from different backgrounds attended this interactive session.

Door to Door awareness on Mother & Child Health concerns; Village Mohna; Faridabad; July 2012

Nurses from Fortis Faridabad, organized a door to door awareness drive in village Mohna to create awareness on the critical health concerns of a mother and child health. This village is situated at a distance of 35 kms from the facility. The Nurses visited each house and explained about the importance of breastfeeding, immunization, institutional deliveries, personal hygiene and infection control to expectant mothers and their family members. They also responded to various queries from the villagers and how best they can do to avoid any mother & child health related complications.

Fortis Hospital Mohali conducts medical check-up for 100 mothers and their children at Roshni Institute, Colony No 5, Chandigarh.

As part of its efforts to increase societal awareness to alleviate health related issues faced by women and children Fortis Mohali organized a camp at Roshni institute, an adult Literacy Centre run by Rotary Club, Chandigarh on December 21st 2011. A dietician from the facility educated mothers present about common health problems such as anemia, constipation and protein & calcium deficiency prevalent in economically backward classes. Medical check-ups included an oral examination, eye check-up, BP and ENT examination and medicines were dispensed wherever required. After the check-up calcium and folic acid tablets were distributed to the mothers and refreshments were given to the children. Over 100 women benefitted from the camp.

Fortis Hospital Mohali conducts eye and health checkup up camps on the occasion of World Blindness Awareness Month

Fortis Mohali in association with CII Chandigarh organized 2 camps for the underprivileged, one at YTTS centre ( Youth Technical Training Society) in Bhaskar Colony, sector 25, Chandigarh on October 11th and the second at YTTS centre in Maulijagran village on October 12th. Around 350 women and children attended the camp and underwent an eye check up, ENT examination and B.P check.

Fortis La Femme in association with V care NGO conducts medical camp at Jehangirpuri
Fortis La Femme in association with V care

NGO

conducted a medical camp at Jehangirpuri, an urban slum in north Delhi on 29th September 2011. Medical checkup with consultations in specialities of gynaecology, internal medicine and orthopaedics was done for around 70 people mainly women and children. Free medicines were also distributed wherever required.

Fortis Foundation in association with PVR Nest (philanthropic arm of PVR Ltd) conducts health camps

The Foundation with support from five Delhi based Fortis Network facilities (Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, Fortis La Femme and Fortis Jessa Ram) came forward and became the ‘Overall Health Partner’ of PVR Nest for the year 2011-12.Through this partnership the facilities organized 18 health camps over a period of 9 months, which catered to hundreds of children and their mothers. Teams from the facilities visited these locations, provided medical check-ups, free basic medicines and delivered awareness talks related to the health of a mother and child.

The first camp under this partnership was held on 19th July by Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj for the beneficiaries of PVR Nest’s School Life programme in Kusumpur Pahari in Vasant Vihar. The second camp was organized by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on 20th July at Literacy India centre, Saket for the children attending their School Life & Childscapes programs

The third camp was held on 11th August by Fortis Jessa Ram hospital, Karol Bagh at Vasant Vihar and the fourth camp was organized by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on17th August at Literacy India centre, Saket



The fifth camp was conducted on 15th September by Fortis La Femme in Little Ones Public School in Saidulajab, Saket. A paediatrician conducted a medical checkup of around 90 children and free basic medicines were distributed for stomach ailments, general weakness and anaemia, cough and colds, diarrhoea, fever and other complaints. Children with headaches were referred to optometrist for getting their vision checked. A dietician also gave a talk to mothers of the students on nutritional needs of a growing child.



The sixth camp was held on 23rd September at Green Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari by Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh for 75 beneficiaries of PVR Nest’s Childscapes program. These children go daily to PVR complexes and are mainly engaged in activities like rag picking, begging, shining shoes and doing odd jobs for earning their living.

The seventh camp was conducted by Fortis Jessa Ram hospital on 14th October at Literacy India centre, Saidulajab. Around 70 children between 8-13 years attended the camp. The children were also given tips on maintaining hygiene and following best nutritional practices.

The eighth camp was held on 18th October by Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall hospital, Vasant Kunj at Green Field Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar. 40 children along with their mothers attended the camp.

The ninth camp was held by Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on 11th November 2011 at Green Field Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar. Around 45 children from PVR Nest’s school life and bridge course were screened for various ailments and given free basic medicines wherever necessary.

The tenth camp was held at Literacy India centre ,Saidullajab, Saket on 17th November by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla . 60 children from PVR Nest’s school life ,bridge course and childscapes program benefitted from the camp.

The eleventh camp was held at Literacy India’s Saidulajab centre at Saket on December 16th 2011 by Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital. The twelveth camp was held on December 20th 2011 at Literacy India’s tuition centre at Vasant Vihar by Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall hospital, Vasant Kunj. These 2 camps catered to 114 children and their mothers.

In the month of January 2012, two more health camps in association with PVR Nest (philanthropic arm of PVR Cinemas Ltd.) were held at Literacy India Centre at Saidulajab, Saket on 19th January by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and at Green Paramount School, Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar on 20th January by Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. These camps catered to 108 children and their mothers.

In the month of February 2012, two more health camps in association with PVR Nest were held at Literacy India Centre, Saidulajab,Saket on 13th February by Fortis Jessa Ram hospital and at Literacy India’s tuition centre at Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar on 21st February by Fortis Ft Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj. These 2 camps catered to around 100 children and their mothers.

In the month of March 2012 Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis La Femme organized a health camp for Nest beneficiaries in Childscapes, Bridge Course & School Life children at Literacy India’s Saidulajab centre at Saket. The camp was conducted with 56 children and their mothers.

The partnership between Fortis Foundation and PVR-Nest was renewed in June 2012. In the year 2012-13, the Foundation will organise 10 health camps for the target children and their mothers. 2 new locations have been added this year PVR-Naraina and PVR-Vikaspuri.

Glimpses of the camp held at PVR-Vikaspuri by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla on July 10th 2012.

Glimpses of the camp held at Vasant Vihar by Fortis Vasant Kunj on 24th August 2012

Glimpses of the camp held at PVR-Naraina by Fortis Jessa Ram on 5th September 2012

Glimpses of the camp held at Saket by Fortis Shalimar Bagh on 15th October 2012

Glimpses of the camp held at Saket by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on 22nd November 2012

Glimpses of the camp held at Vasant Vihar by Fortis Vasant Kunj on 18th December 2012

Glimpses of the camp held at PVR-Naraina by Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital, Karol Bagh on 4th January 2013

Glimpses of the camp held at PVR Vikaspuri by Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh on 8th February 2013

 

Glimpses of the camp held at Vasant Vihar by Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla on 13th March 2013

 

Day-long Health Camp for 300 Commercial Sex Workers and their Children in Sultanpuri, Delhi, March 2012

Under our planned community initiative based on Mother & Child Health, Fortis Foundation in association with Fortis Hospital (Shalimar Bagh) and Drishtikon - a voluntary non-profit organisation, organized a free health check camp for female Commercial Sex Workers and their children in Sultanpuri, which concentrated on health concerns of mothers and their children besides creating awareness on preventive care.

This camp was held in Sultanpuri and was attended by 300 sex workers and their children. The team from Shalimar Bagh included pediatrician, gynecologist, medical officer, dietician, nursing staff and GDAs. The sex workers, who are often given information only on HIV/AIDS/ STD, were happy to get medical services for other ailments. In particular, these mothers appreciated the opportunity of showing their children to the pediatrician. Basic Medicines were also distributed wherever required and counseling was also given to the mothers on nutritional needs of a growing child and the importance of hygiene.

Community Outreach by Fortis Nurses

This year, on International Nurses Day, Fortis Nurses pledged their support for the initiatives of Fortis Foundation. Nursing departments of several facilities adopted a community to spread awareness on different health concerns related to Mother and Child

As a part of this annual initiative supported by the nurses, they will visit the adopted rural or slum areas, located near their facility, once every month to create awareness on various critical healthcare concerns of a mother and child. The first intervention was held on May 13th which entailed discussions with the community on healthcare issues such as care during pregnancy, healthy nutrition, breastfeeding, hygiene, immunization etc.

Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad

The facility organised an awareness programme on importance of breast feeding and immunization of children in A.C Nagar, a slum area.

Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh

The facility organized an awareness programme on breast feeding and immunisation to slum residents next to the facility. A Nukkad Natak at hospital on importance of breast feeding was also conducted. About 100 people participated in this awareness initiative. They were demonstrated on steps of hand washing and need for cleanliness for preventing diarrhea and water borne diseases, importance of breast feeding and immunization was explained to them through a talk and Nukkad Natak.

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI)

FEHI organized a visit to Jasola Village, Okhla Vihar and Madanpur khaddar, promoting awareness on different health concerns of a mother & child, starting with “immunization”. The nurses interacted with the people living there, educated them about immunization, pre and post-natal care, breastfeeding, healthy nutrition, hygiene etc. FEHI also distributed the leaflets on Immunization and explained its importance and need.

Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj

The nurses from the facility visited Indira Camp, Rangpuri Pahari in Vasant Kunj. They performed a street play/Nukkad Natak on the importance of breast feeding and immunization.

Fortis Hospital, Noida

Nurses from the facility visited the Navada Village in Sector -62, Noida. The nurses performed Nukkad Natak at the village to create awareness about immunization and a talk was delivered on the benefits of Breast Feeding.

Escorts Heart Centre, Raipur

Nurses from the facility visited Telibandha Basti in Raipur which has a total population of 600 people with most of them being laborers and belonging to BPL category. The team made door to door visit and held sessions on importance of immunization and organized group discussions

Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai

Nurses from the facility visited Malligai Poo which is an urban slum and held awareness sessions on importance of immunization and breast feeding.

Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur

Nurses from the facility visited Katkutli Nagar, an underdeveloped and poor area and held awareness sessions on importance of immunization and breast feeding. Leaflets on immunization were also distributed.

Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd. organises a Raffle to support Mother & Child Health Initiative of Fortis Foundation , Nov 2011

Mrs and Mr Malvinder Mohan Singh handing over the keys of the Scorpio
(Mr Malvinder Mohan Singh is
Executive Chairman of Fortis Healthcare)
Mrs and Mr Shivinder Mohan Singh handing over the keys of Scorpio
( Mr Shivinder Mohan Singh is the Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Healthcare)
Mrs and Mr Aditya Vij handing over
the keys of Scorpio
(Mr Aditya Vij is the CEO
of Fortis Healthcare)
Mrs.& Mr.Malvinder Mohan Singh handing over the papers of the LCD T.V Mrs and Mr Shivinder Mohan Singh handing over the papers of LCD T.V Mrs. and Mr. Aditya Vij handing over the papers of the LCD T.V

On completing 10 years as a prominent healthcare provider in India, Fortis Healthcare (India) Limited organized a Raffle named ‘Have u a Smile to Spare’ in June 2011. This decade raffle was meant to raise funds for Fortis Foundation’s Mother and Child Health programme and also to sensitize the employees and patients of Fortis facilities towards the causes taken up by Foundation for the larger community.

About 20000 people including employees, Doctors and patients of Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd. & Fortis Hospitals Ltd. participated very actively in this raffle. Rs. 30 lacs raised through the sale of raffle tickets with generous contributions from the top management were donated to the Fortis Foundation. The final draw was held in Delhi on 13th November 2011. Foundation is indebted to Fortis Healthcare India Ltd. for sponsoring the prizes - 3 SUVs (Mahindra Scorpio) and 3 LCD Televisions.

Awareness camp for mothers on their nutritional needs at village Mauli Jagran, Mohali; September 2011

On the occasion of national nutrition week Fortis Hospital Mohali, organized a rural outreach camp for the women on their nutritional needs especially of expectant and lactating mothers at village Mauli Jagran. It is important to empower the women on importance of eating a healthy diet, as they prepare meals for themselves and the whole family. A team from the department of clinical nutrition and dietetics spoke on common health problems prevailing in economically weaker section of the society such as anemia, constipation and calcium and protein deficiencies. Importance of taking milk and dairy products in daily nutritional diet was also emphasized .The camp also aimed at highlighting the benefit of a single and wholesome meal. With help of visual aids, mixing and matching of various food groups in one dish, it was shown how to modify the diets and several low cost and high nutrition recipes such as ‘bajra khichdi’, sprouts and vegetable upma and poha and all with roasted peanuts added to them were taught to the women present. There was an interactive quiz at the end of the camp and over 120 women and children benefited from the camp.

Fortis Mohali observes World Breastfeeding Week, August 2011

To join hands on our initiatives of changing the Mother & Child Health situation in India, Fortis Hospital in Mohali conducted a rural outreach camp during the world breastfeeding month for expecting, lactating mothers and Anganwadi workers at Kajheri village in Mohali on 12th August. Dr Swapna Mishra, a prominent consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology department of the facility, volunteered her time and delivered an awareness talk on importance of breastfeeding for the health of an infant. The multiple benefits of breastfeeding were explained to the women - how it protects an infant from diarrhoea (a major reason for infant mortality in rural India), ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections and the many long term benefits like reduced risk of asthma, allergies and some childhood cancers. The need for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infants life was also stressed upon.

Solidarity Walk by the Fortis Nurses to raise awareness on importance of immunization to commemorate International Nurses Week, May 2011

On 15th May 2011, Fortis Foundation organized a solidarity walk in association with the nurses of Fortis Network Hospitals at India Gate, New Delhi. More than 550 people, including 500 nurses from 7 facilities of Fortis in Delhi/NCR (Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Fortis Ft. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Fortis La Femme, Fortis Hospital Noida, Fortis Escorts Faridabad, Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital and Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh) participated in this walk. Dr. N.V. Kamat, Director, Directorate of Health Services, Government of NCT of Delhi flagged off the walk from India Gate that concluded at Jantar Mantar. This walk aimed at generating support towards the cause of creating awareness on importance of immunization amongst general population including patients within the hospitals and people in the community.

180 nurses of Fortis Escorts hospital, Jaipur organized a similar walkathon, showcasing their support to the cause of Fortis Foundation. The Hon’ble Health Minister of the state Mr. A. A. Khan flagged off the walk from his residence

Over 100 nurses of Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai organized a walkathon to create awareness on importance of immunization. The walkathon was flagged off by Dr.G.Prabhakaran, senior consultant pediatrician in Fortis Malar.