Last month, a workshop for adolescent girls and women was held at the Baank-e-Loom centre in Saidanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Women from various backgrounds and age groups participated in the workshop that was led by a gynaecologist. It is said that five out of 10 women in rural India suffer from kind of vaginal infection. Further, the society believes in several taboos and myths around menstruation. The discussion aimed a busting these false beliefs so that women do not feel excluded. At the workshop, women were also trained in making their own reusable sanitary pads.
Making a responsible effort towards child health and education, CIRCs in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh collaborated with a local hospital (Padhar) and organised an awareness camp to spread awareness among villagers about malnutrition. Several stalls were put up at ‘Nutrition Mela’ to discuss the issue with parents and children through the medium of audio and visuals; and tell parents how they can prevent malnutrition among children or find signs of malnutrition in them. Nutrition Mela also gave Team CIRC an opportunity to make possible collaborations for telemedicine services at their centres.
Down south, in Puducherry, the CIRC collaborated with the Puducherry Institute of Medical Sciences last month to organise a free medical camp at the centre. At this camp, over 50 women and children were provided free medical check-up facility; and 20 of them were referred to the hospital for a free-of-cost treatment. The centre plans to organise more such health camps on a regular basis in the future to ensure quality health services are available for marginalised communities. Meanwhile, CIRC Puducherry has also begun tailoring classes at the centre for women and girls from neighbouring areas.