ORPHAN & VULNERABLE CHILDREN PROGRAM
Medical Camp's were conducted in two drop in center (DIC) at Nizamuddin railway Station and Red Fort-Mori Gate slum regions, New Delhi. Senior pediatricians including Dr RN Srivastava, Dr Rajeev Seth & Dr Uma Agrawal volunteer their time for these health camps. Health camps are organized every fortnight, as per the needs of the children. Dr Seth is available round the clock to handle emergency calls if any.
Health check up provide basic weight/Height assessment, checks for anemia/nutritional deficiency, acute care/first aid, treatment of common infections such as viral fever, upper respiratory infection, skin infections (pyoderma), diarrhea, pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Sexually transmitted diseases/HIV/AIDS. About 50-60 Children/people from the community benefit from the medical clinic. Medicines are given free of cost. Every child is provided vaccinations free of cost.
Mid Day Meal Program was started in July 2012 (almost 4years ago ) for Street children, mainly rag pickers, child laborers, children engaged in menial tasks, work in eateries in Red Fort-Mori gate area of old Delhi. Every day 35-45 children at the Mori Gate DIC are served hot cooked food. Raw material are bought from local sabzimandi, local grocery store, all bills/receipts are kept every month. Cooking gas cylinders are also provided. Field program manager Yawer Qaiyam, Staff supervisor Sandhya Mandal, Cook Sunita Sharma are responsible for the success of this program. Major donors of this program are Dr Meera Prakash, Dr Shalini Bansal & Mr. RC Mody.
Vocational & Skill Development
BUDS strongly believes in building vocational and skill development for these groups of vulnerable children. Mr. RC Mody takes personal interest and supervision of children for their higher education. Case of Pintu Jha, an ex-street child, is a shining example of what we can together achieve! Pintu has graduate from Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) program, IGNOU, New Delhi and now enrolled in MCA. BUDS is providing vocational training to 37 vulnerable children/ youths from Nizamuddin Railway station area in the age group of 15-25 years.
Children day celebration, DMA Hall, Delhi
BUDS co-organized a very successful Children's day celebrations on November, 2015, at Delhi Medical Association Hall, Daryaganj, New Delhi from 11 to 4pm, along with Indian Child Abuse Neglect & Child Labor (ICANCL) group, Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and our allied NGO's. The event raised the self esteem of more than 300 under-served children, who participated from four different slum sites. The orphan and vulnerable children got an opportunity to express themselves through a painting competition and a grand cultural program, full of fun, songs, dances and a play, as per enclosed program. All children were given warm winter cloths and awards. The children were served hot cooked lunch on arrival and refreshments at the end of the event.
The following senior doctors addressed, motivated and blessed the children: Dr Rajeev Seth, Dr Uma Agrawal, Dr RN Srivastava and Dr Yogesh Sarin. Mr. Aseem Pal, Yawar Qaiyum, Ramesh Paswan, Shobha Yadav and Sandhya motivated the children. Ms Bonnie and Tony Uppal donated toys, while Mandeep and Shradha Wasu donated warm winter sweaters for the children. BUDS office bearers have no words to thank everyone for their support to the children day celebration: a day of joy, freedom and to engage in fun!
Despite the impressive economic strides India has made, education and access to basic health care coverage is abysmally low in rural communities. BUDS has recently (2015) adopted an under- served Village Ghasera, also known as Gandhi Gram Ghasera, because of historic visit by Mahatma Gandhi to this village at the time of partition. The village is located near Nu, Mewat Haryana and has a population of over 15000. The goal of this program is to enhance access to education, basic health care of the vulnerable rural children. BUD Shas organized several medical camps here and evaluated the needs of the community. One of the major challenges is inadequate vaccination coverage, which leads to outbreak of vaccine-preven table diseases, poor child health and survival. Ideally, a successful vaccination program should include maintaining / tracking records, and efficiently connecting target populations with needed vaccines. Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in mobile phone usage and short message services(SMS) even in rural poor populations. BUDS has embarked on a novel mobile cellular technology based approach for timely vaccination reminder service to significantly improve health outcomes.
"Enhancing Health Care Access with Cellular Technology"
succeeded in obtaining an Indo-BUDS has launched a project "Enhancing Health Care Access with Cellular Technology" in village Gandhi Gram Ghasera communities. BUDS has US R03 Grant, jointly sponsored by National Institute of Health (NIH)USA and Department of Biotechnology (DBT),Government of India for this project. BUDS is evaluating a software platform in mother-infantunits to improve uptake and coverage of primary childhood vaccinations. Mobile phone text messages in local languages are being used to give reminders to parents and also for surveillance. Interactive voice message can communicate where populations have low levels of literacy and spreada wareness at the grass root level. Dr Professor Sanjay Jain, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore is the US principal investigator, while on the Indian side the team is led by Dr Rajeev Seth. BUDS proposes that such "Novel cellular technology based approaches for timely immunization reminder, can therefore significantly impact health outcomes in these communities".