Women of Wadaj

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Short Introduction: In the Wadaj slum of Ahmedabad live four women who have dedicated their lives for the betterment of their community. Everyday in the afternoon they visit pregnant women to check their vitals, inform about good and proper nutrition, dispel superstitions, and counsel about family planning.

Women of Wadaj is an initiative that aims to provide excellent quality medical equipment to these  women so that they can carry on their wonderful work, more effectively than before.

About: The four women, Arunaben, Bhartiben, Yoginiben, and Nanduben are a part the "Anganwadi" program run by a local Ahmedabad NGO called Manav Sadhna. Anganwadi is a community based program of providing Nutrition, Health and Health Awareness programs in slums. Some of Anganwadi's goals include improving the health of pregnant and feeding   mothers, promoting awareness on health, hygiene, and nutrition to pregnant and feeding mothers, and giving immunizations. (Source: Manav Sadhna)

Everyday in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, these women visit the about 3-4 pregnant women in Wadaj and sit down with them to look at their latest check-up report, check their vitals, answer questions, and give advice about nutrition and ways to not have more kids.
 
A lot of pregnant women, especially of the lower socioeconomic class in India, often do taxing manual labor even at 8 months of their pregnancy to earn some money to support their already big family. Unfortunately, they are not even giving themselves enough nutrition, and are succumbing to society's superstitious beliefs of how some foods might actually be "evil". For example, a lot of them think eating bananas would make their baby's head stick to the walls of their uterus or that eating dates would lead to a miscarriage when in fact they are a great source of potassium and iron respectively. They are also not educated about how the sex of the baby is determined right at fertilization. For this reason, many women practice activities that may harm them in order to "make" their baby a boy.  In some cases, women fail to keep a track of their pregnancy term and accidentally deliver at home. This causes many complications in the mother's and the child's health going forward.
Our four Wonder-women of Wadaj deserve great quality paramedical equipment and supplies that can ensure that their good work is continued so that the pregnant Women of Wadaj can be more aware and empowered. Please consider donating to this cause.

List of Medical supplies budgeted:
  • Glucometer x1
  • Digital Thermometer x1
  • Urinanalysis Strips box x2
  • Fetal Doppler x1
  • Hemoglobin meter x1
  • Examination Gloves box x2
  • Sterilium 100 mL x2
  • Electrode Gel x5
  • Glucose powder x100
  • Oral Rehydration Solution x100
  • Glucometer and Hemoglobin meter strips 100 ct. vial x1 each

About me: I am Pranali Haribhakti and I am currently studying to become a doctor at Texas A&M University. I had the absolute privilege of volunteering at Anganwadi for a few days with the amazing four women I talk about on this site. I was immediately inspired by their cause and knew that I wanted to do something to help the women of Wadaj and hence this initiative came to be. I hope you found their work as spectacular as I did, and that you donate to this cause.
Please use the contact box to reach me if you have any questions for me or the Women, or even if you want me to relay a kind word.
Thank you, and warmest regards.

Pictures: (individual check-ups and health camps)

 





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Rs.9,075
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Beneficiary: Anganwadi info_outline

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Anand donated Rs.5,000
25 days ago

Dear Pranali, I am very proud of your initiative, continue your quest for such a wonderful cause !

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Anonymous donated US $5
25 days ago
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Sophia donated US $10
25 days ago
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SANJIV donated Rs.2,500
25 days ago

All the best for your noble endevour

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Anonymous donated US $10
26 days ago