I am passionate about
ActionsI am passionate about children. Children are the future of society and of the
country. Every child deserves health and education. It’s a shame that
millions of children worldwide are doomed to go blind because of preventable
cause, Vitamin A deficiency. Amongst marginalised children dietary deficiency
is a rampant. Worm infestation further leads to loss of nutrients. My NGO
Every Infant Matters, is engaged with children from slums of India, and my
team of dedicated volunteers addresses all above issues. We give free vitamin
A supplementation to children below five years, we give advice on
breastfeeding, and we give treatment for worm infestation to improve health.
A healthy child will go to school, get educated and grow up into a
responsible citizen. Preventable blindness is the biggest cause of lack of
education, stigma and poverty. My NGO will a give healthy future to every
child it effects, and I want to touch millions of lives.
I believe that providing access to health care is one of the biggest
challenges worldwide, and this must be overcome. All over the world,
governments have made huge health infrastructures. Unfortunately, last mile
connectivity is missing. This is true in developing countries, but also in
developed countries where there are many social groups that are marginalized,
such as the Romas of Europe or indigenous people.
An example for this is vaccination. In spite of India's universal
immunization program, less than 43% of the children are fully vaccinated. One
of the biggest issues is adherence. Women are unaware of free vaccines and
their benefits, and there is no one to help. They are intimidated by public
hospitals. Time and money is spent in commuting. All this results in poor
vaccine uptake. I am passionate about providing health facilities at
grassroot level, so no one has to miss work and wages to get health benefits.
I believe that front line local health workers can be trained to carry out
all health related activities.