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Statistics for women and children's health in Odisha highlight the need for serious intervention in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), anaemia and malnutrition. Poor nutrition, lack of health seeking behaviour, inadequate health services including inadequate infrastructure, unavailability of doctors and birth attendants, lack of pre & post natal care all contribute to the dismal statistic of thousands dying each year from preventable causes. Gender discrimination and financial dependency do not allow women to have a voice in the house and this leaves them neglected. Yet, it is the women who have to shoulder the responsibility of childbirth, health & nutrition and, often, manage the family within an impossible budget. As a result BIPF has an all-encompassing program for women and children comprising of maternal and child health (MCH), health literacy and empowerment.

Major Interventions:
Project Unnati:

BANSIDHAR & ILA PANDA FOUNDATION enables social transformation in the hands of women by building their capacity to handle their economic and social life themselves. With an integrated self-help approach (i.e. finance & livelihood, education, health, nutrition, sanitation & hygiene etc.) the aim is to transpose the lives of these women, by providing a platform for social action. The SHG members act as agents of change for the development of the entire community.

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Partnership with Pathfinder International:

Pathfinder International, a global leader in reproductive health, operating in 22 countries, partnered with the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation to implement their Raksha Programme training in Angul & Keonjhar districts of Odisha. This Programme has been successfully implemented in Bihar, Rajasthan & Tamil Nadu with the aim of decreasing maternal mortality.

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Ila Panda Gynecology Ward

To bridge the gap of inadequate infrastructure for maternal and child health, IMFA constructed the Ila Panda Gynecology ward in Angul District Hospital. Till date, this ward has served more than 20,000 women with the aim of reducing Odisha's high MMR of 257.

Janani Express

A Public Private Partnership with National Rural Health Mission, Government of Odisha & UCL. This is a service to transport pregnant women to the nearest health facility for institutional deliveries. In the first year of operations itself, the Janani Express operated by BIPF assisted more than 1000 women in safe childbirth.

Project Arogya Dhara

Medical dispensaries in both Therubali and Choudwar serve communities from the 250 surrounding villages. On average, about 300 people visit the dispensaries every day, which translates to approximately 100,000 beneficiaries annually.

For the population that cannot reach these facilities due to long distances, BIPF conducts periodic medical camps at hard to reach villages. A complete range of treatment with special focus on mothers, children and adolescents are provided under:

  1. General Health Examination
  2. Antenatal care
  3. Advice & Counseling for safe Deliveries
  4. Child Care including Vaccinations
  5. Adolescent Services
  6. Laboratory services- Hb
  7. Referrals

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