HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Delhi to Fund Schoolchildren's Medical Care

SOS Children's Villages Canada

1644 days ago   Article ID# 1282305
Original URL

 

United Nations Children’s Fund

OTTAWA, CANADA (SOS Children's Villages Canada) - Government officials in Delhi, India, have announced a new programme that will give free medical care to schoolchildren in the area.

The Government of Delhi will launch the Chacha Nehru Health Scheme on November 14, the national Children’s Day. This coincides with the birthday of the country’s first prime minister, the late Jawaharlal Nehru.

The health scheme was announced in the city’s 2011/2012 Budget Speech. The government has recently completed the necessary preparatory work and is now ready to implement it. To this end, cooperation with the departments of Health and Education is essential. The Health Department, for instance, will ensure that any bottlenecks will be quickly cleared up in order to smooth the scheme’s implementation.

Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, chaired yesterday’s meeting on the discussion of the scheme, expected to include 100 schools. Under the Chacha Nehru Health Scheme, the children will receive comprehensive check-ups, including testing for diseases and routine immunizations. Treatment, as needed, will help keep the children healthy.

Eventually, it is hoped that the scheme will be scaled up, including all of the 954 schools in the Delhi region. Also in the works is a computerized plan to create medical records for the children.

The scheme will require 117 health care teams, each consisting of one doctor, nurse and computer data entry clerk. Each team will be able to check 60 children each day. With a working year of 200 days, each team will see 12,000 children annually.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), improvements to children’s health have been made over the past thirty years, but early childhood diseases and inadequate care during birth and the neonatal period continue to pose challenges.

India is presently “off-track” to meet the fourth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on child health. The target for this goal is to reduce child mortality levels by two-thirds of the 1990 rate. Indicators for this goal also include the infant mortality rate and the proportion of one-year old children immunized against measles.

The country’s child mortality rate in 1990 was 118 deaths per thousand lives births. In 2009, it was 68 deaths per 1,000 live births – a 57.6 per cent reduction. More than two million children continue to die from preventable diseases every year. Measles remains the biggest killer, as vaccination rates have fallen from 72 per cent in 1995 to 61 per cent, notes UNICEF. Meanwhile, tetanus infection among newborns is a danger in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, and Assam. While polio cases continue to be reported, India is on its way to eradicating the disease.

Copyright 2016 SOS Children's Villages Canada   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1644 days ago   Article ID# 1282305

United Nations Children’s Fund    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Unite For Children News

Canada aids humanitarian relief

37 hours ago From thewhig.com 

KINGSTON, CANADA - ...

34,512 Adamawa children badly underfed — UNICEF

2 days ago From vanguardngr.com 

LAGOS, NIGERIA - ...

Local Gov't Ministry launches cholera prevention campaign

2 days ago From pulse.com.gh 

ACCRA, GHANA - ...

UNICEF condemns withdrawal of children from schools in Kidal

3 days ago From un.org 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

Coordinated response to drought, refugee relief

3 days ago From allafrica.com 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Health News

Action Center

Africa’s antelopes face extinction as climate change squeezes habitat

Action: Climate Change

Africa’s antelope species are in need of immediate help if they’re going to survive the threat of climate change, according t ...

Yellowstone bears need your help

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Grizzly bear numbers in the Greater Yellowstone area have improved since the animals were first protected in 1975, but the be ...

We lose 50 soccer fields worth of forests a day, worldwide

Action: Stop Deforestation

One of the premiere issues for discussion on this Earth Day 2016 concerns the world’s forests, which have witnessed massive d ...

Demand clean water for Flint and across the U.S.

Action: Stop Pollution

Two years ago this month, officials in Flint, Michigan, flipped the switch on the faulty new water system that led to the tra ...

The vaquita could go extinct this year as totoaba poaching continues to increase

Action: Save Our Oceans

China’s demand for swim bladders from a giant Mexican fish called the totoaba is putting the species at risk. It’s also pushi ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.