Associated with IIPH for Maternal Child Health and IIT Gandhinagar for water and sanitation
Sevak project in its eight year is now spreads to over 90 villages in Gujarat and four in Odisha. The sevaks associated with the project till date screen over one lakh people for diabetes, hypertension and collecting data on source of water, sanitation and cooking fuel.
Like every year the Sevaks associated with the Sevak project in Gujarat gathered in Vadodara for the refresher training programme. The project now associates with Indian Instiute of Public Health (IIPH) for maternal child health.
“In the maternal child health project, Sevaks are screening girls age 11 to women 40 years for anemia. This is done by the use of Toucth machine developed by Biosense of Pune.The plan is to treat all the females with anemia and plan on how to fortify the family food with iron, to prevent anemia. The aim is to make the girls strong from inside to prevent the complications during pregnancy in later stages of life,” said Thakor Patel Chairman Sevak Project.
He said tbe Sevaks received training in Indore at CETI in how to make the Sevak Villages TB free. The program has started and they are hoping to make all the Sevak villages TB free and then expand to other villages. This project is in collaboration with AAPl.
“We are working with IIT Gandhinagar to do research in clean drinking water, sanitation, insulin coolers, prefab Jumpdi’s etc. Two brothers Chiragbhai and Chintubhai Patel (lndustrialist) from New Jersey gave two million dollars grant, 1 million to Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) for water and sanitation research and 1 million to lndian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHGN)for maternal child health,” said Patel.
Sevak Project starting from Gujarat is of chronic disease screening, lifestyle intervention and referrals to rural Indians in India. Such a project will help keep the pOpulation healthy and chronic diseases well managed and prevent complication.
“In the village of Chandragarh in Morbi district 248 people were detected with kidney stones and 28 have been operated. We built a Reverse Osmosis plant in the village and now there are few complaints of new stones, less joint and stomach pains. Till date we have installed 6 RO plants and rest five new ones will be installed in near future, ” said Patel.