In the absence of proper pre- and post-natal care, as well as a lack of institutional deliveries, both mother and child are at a high risk of mortality and suffer poor health. Adolescent health is another grave concern in rural India due to minimal education and a lack of support
Home Based Neonatal Care -
ACF's Sakhis are trained to provide home based neonatal care at remote areas. They provide health interventions to pregnant mothers, assist in deliveries, oversee the management of new — borns and ensure follow-ups — all to reduce maternal and infant mortality ratios.
Ante Natal & Post Natal Services -
Early registrations of pregnant mothers, supporting with antenatal and postnatal services. This helps to reduce high-risk pregnancy and ensures safe delivery. Providing micronutrients and nutritional supplements for healthy growth and development of the baby.
We promote the immunisation of pregnant mothers and children up to 5 years. Every child is referred for timely immunisation and with the aim of coverage of 100% immunisation.
Adolescent Health -
We provide adolescent health education in schools and create a cadre of peer educators. Topics covered include human anatomy and changes during adolescence; adolescent anaemia interventions and IFA supplementation program.
The Life of an ACF Sakhi
Journey into the life of 3 of ACF’s Sakhis and better understand all they do to facilitate better Maternal & Child Health, wellbeing and enhanced sanitation in their communities – all with the aim to foster healthier, stronger communities.
Age: 36 years
| Village: Kashlog, Darlaghat, Himachal Pradesh
"Her mother in law kept insisting that Pawan have her child at home. She was adamant
She had heard rumours about how crowded the hospital was and that doctors didn’t pay attention.
I tried to tell her about the potential risks — to the mother and the child — but because the previous ultrasounds had been good, she didn’t…