Some case studies...
* Sarjina is a very bright 12 year old who comes to satya-jyoti to study and learn
sewing as and when she gets time off from domestic chores. She is the eldest of
Last year, her youngest sister, a baby not more than six months old, was bitten by
an insect while playing in the fields where her mother was collecting fodder. Over
the next two days, her body kept swelling and on the third day, she died.
Her parents had thought it would subside and they did not have the time or the
money to take her to the doctor who is 17km away.
* Mullah lives behind the farm. He has 10 children, the youngest being 2 years old
and the oldest 22, who is married and has children of his own. Mullah is extremely
proud of his virility but had scant regard for his wife's health. She passed away
during the 11th childbirth. When she went into labour, he had to make her walk
over rough hilly terrain for 1 km to get to the nearest bus stop. They got to the clinic
and she gave birth to a baby girl but her condition kept getting worse. The midwife
there asked her to be taken to the nearest hospital but by then septicemia had set
in and she could not be saved.
* Savita is a bright and lively 11 year old. She comes to the school every day
without fail. A few years ago she lost her right index finger when it got chopped by
the fodder cutting blades. Now she had burnt her right thumb and without any
attention, it was soon infected so badly that she was running high temperature. I
drove her to the clinic at Tapukda (her parents were relieved to let me take charge)
and there as the doctor made an incision to drain out the wound, I held on to her
as she screamed in pain. Suddenly a big blob of pus jumped out and fell on to me.
I was appalled at the level of hygiene at the clinic. However, Savita recovered well
and I really have nothing against the clinic. Under the circumstances of limited
resources and staff and unlimited rural patients, they are doing the best they can.
Incidents like these and many more made us aware of the dire need of a health
centre near the farm which could be for 5 villages within a radius of 2km, focusing
primarily on women's and children's health.
Then we met Virginia Soukup in Paris during the Ethical Fashion Show. Now,
under Virginia's leadership with the help of Friends from France, this Medical
Centre looks like a distinct possibility. There is a long way to go but the ball has
started rolling and it is just a matter of time before it gathers momentum. Please
contact us if there is any way you can contribute to this project. Eventually, we plan
to make it a self-financing project with the help of their local craft, the Gudari, a
patchwork quilt using recycled fabrics.
|VIRGINIA & SOPHIE IN VILLAGE GANDWA
photographs courtesy SOPHIE MURGUE
with the help of
13th Dec 08
21st Nov 2009
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|In 2208 and 2009, we organised health camps with the collaboration of Dr. H S Gandhi and Dr. Simran of Gandhi hospital, Tapukdah, to
address immediate and chronic health issues. The focus was on women and children's health which dealt with malnutrition, low
haemoglobin, skin ailments, diabetes...among many others. While we were able to save Runni's legs from Gangerene, we were unable to
save the life of baby Sheetal. Our current effort is aimed towards setting up a primary health centre in collaboration with the Government
which will cater to the needs of at least five villages in this remote area.
The Satya-jyoti team at work
Sheetal (a day before she
died) with her mother & sister
Dr. Gandhi at his clinic