In Malwani, diseases like Tuberculosis, malaria, dengue, jaundice, typhoid, etc are very common. To make the situation worse, more than 40% of our students are malnourished and hence, once they contract such a disease, recovery becomes difficult for them.
The water and air of the community is often contaminated. It is difficult for most families to afford access to private healthcare system which is why most of the families either go to government hospitals or local clinics, or resort to home remedies. The lack of attention in the public healthcare systems creates hesitance to reach out for medical care and support. This has become worse with the pandemic and the associated financial crunch it has brought.
The access to healthcare for women and girls has an extra hurdle of taboo. There is a hesitancy and discomfort in families to have conversations about female bodies.
Recently, we lost one of our students, a 13 year old girl, to abdominal TB. We tried all ways possible but her situation had gotten so worse, there was no way to save her.
We want to ensure this doesn't happen with another child.
We want to ensure this by making sure there is early diagnosis, access to good healthcare facilities and medicines, workshops around prevention of these diseases, and health, hygiene and nutrition education to children and families.
Please help us raise money for timely medical interventions in the classroom and to ensure that each child is healthy enough to learn and grow.