Radhika Batra

Country representing

India

Languages

Hindi

Education

  • Santosh Medical College, Ghazaibad UP India
  • MBBS
  • Post graduate student ( final Year) for MD Paediatrics, Santosh Medical College, Ghazaibad UP India

Current organisation

Every Infant Matters

Current role

President & Founder

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Blogging
Community management
Healthcare
Nutrition

Areas of interest

Health
Human Rights
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I have positively impacted the lives of disadvantaged children in my community and in my country. My NGO, Every Infant Matters, is focused on blindness prevention by distributing free Vitamin A supplements to children who are less than five years old. India has the highest prevalence of childhood blindness. Poor children get the very basic food, mostly carbohydrates, just enough to dispel hunger. Many of these children are doomed to a life of blindness, which is accompanied by stigma, discrimination, mental issues, lack of education, and subsequent poverty. My team of dedicated volunteers have been distributing and directly giving vitamin A doses free of cost to slum children in the neighbourhood, thus preventing blindness in more than 1000 children in the past year. I started work in Ghaziabad, one of the worst affected areas when we think of overcrowding, pollution, lack of basic amenities, substance abuse and crime. As in all industrial areas, there is a huge influx of migrants from villages in search of jobs, who live in makeshift shanties. I am working as Resident Doctor, specializing in Pediatrics at Santosh Hospital, Ghaziabad. Huge numbers of slum children come to me daily. I have developed a team of 4 resident doctors and 3 nurses, to help me in my project. I have procured Vitamin A and deworming tablets free of cost from Vitamin Angels. (Vitamin Angels is an NGO in the US, focused on combating childhood malnutrition). My team is Vitamin A drops to children and also giving medicines for worm infestation. We are taking care of about 80-90 children every month. My goals is to reach a target of at least 4000 children a year. Vitamin Angels has committed to give as much medicine as required. I am looking to develop linkages with other medical professionals in the world and work globally.

Actions

I 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.