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Infant Death review

This is the story of Nibha Devi, Wife of Shankar Prasad of Makhdumpur village under the Ranipur Panchayat of Islampur block, Nalanda district. Nibha is a mother of two children. One of them is 5 years old, Prince and the other one is a 4 months old, baby girl. Nibha’s husband Shankar, is unemployed. Agriculture is the only source of family income.

Nibha had come to her maternal home, in Makhdumpur for delivery. She registered herself at the Makhdumpur Anganwari centre no. 44, through Saraswati Devi, ASHA worker of her village. The Anganwari sevika Pratima Devi and Anganwari Sahayika Rita Kumari registered her name in the list of pregnant women of the centre. Nibha got the initial checkup, with two doses of TT and 100 pills of iron, folic acid tablets after registration at the Anganwari centre. On 28th March 2012, at 3.30 AM, Nibha gave birth to a child at the primary health centre, Islampur. After two days she was released from the PHC without being given any benefit of the government scheme of Janani Suraksha Yojna.

Meanwhile, CHARM had organized a Community meeting to aware the community about the health services and entitlement. Among other participants in the Gram Sabha, Smt. Champa Devi, mother of Nibha and Mamta Devi (sister in law of Nibha) were also present. After the meeting, they interacted with the CHARM team and narrated about the injustice held with Nibha under the JSY. Under the guidance of CHARM and NARI SABHA (CBO), Nibha’s mother and sister in law, visited the PHC with Nibha’s documents and made a written complaint, regarding non-payment before MOIC. Finally, after the personal interference of MOIC, a cheque in favour of Nibha was released.

Nibha is now happy with her child and is grateful to the Village’s NARI SABHA and CHARM.