Thursday, May 6, 2010

The chance to make a small difference

I am totally thrilled with my India assignment! It is a huge job, but just what I love doing.

Anganwadi (Day Care centre) Khaniyara Road
Child care, Pre-school teaching – Taking care of infants/ children

Their mission is to:
1. Lay the foundation for the proper psychological, physical and social development of the child
2. Improve the nutritional and health status of children below the age of six years
3. Reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school
4. Achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation among departments to promote child development.
5. Enhance the capability of the mother to look after normal health, nutritional and development needs of the child, through community education.


  1. Great initiative Robin.Health care remains huge concern. According to a recent Planning Commission assessment, the shortfall of primary health centres and sub-centres in 2008 has remained almost the same as in 2005, and the number of auxiliary nurse midwives has, in fact, decreased over the same period. Today, there is a 50 per cent shortfall in trained health workers, radiographers, lab technicians and doctors. At the existing rate, only 62 per cent deliveries will be attended by skilled personnel by 2015 - with rural areas being particularly under-serviced.

  2. The numbers overwhelm us until we take one face at a time.