“I have been working as a Female Community Health Volunteer for 20 years. My main duty is to raise health awareness among children under five and pregnant women. I also advise mothers about their environment, hygiene and health.
Diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and diarrhoea are very common in our village. The water source is not well protected and it gets contaminated easily, and hygiene behaviour is not good at all. It is sad that some children are still dying due to malnutrition and diarrhoea.
I am glad to be involved in the government’s immunisation campaign. I feel great serving children and pregnant women in the community. We are improving, but there are challenges as well.”
“This is my second baby. She is nine days old. My elder daughter got all the immunisations. But immunisation is not sufficient for staying healthy. We have to maintain personal hygiene.
For my new baby, I have to change my clothes every day. The kitchen where we prepare food has to be clean. The utensils, washing point and surroundings have to be clean. If we do not maintain cleanliness, the baby gets infected with lots of diseases, so hygiene plays very important role in our life.
The first thing about changing our behaviour is to start within ourselves. If I want to keep my daughter clean and healthy, then I have to do it in my daily life so that my daughter can learn.”
“This is my second daughter. She is four months old now. It’s very important to keep the baby clean and healthy. I do not let her play in the mud and if she touches some rubbish then I must wash her hands with soap and water. Along with this, I have to keep the utensils clean in the kitchen.
In the same way I have to keep her clothes clean and the room also has to be kept clean. I have to eat clean and hygienic food. I have to give her a bath and put her in warm, clean clothes.
We also shouldn’t defecate in an open area as it makes our surroundings dirty.”