Project: Creating Community Based Safety Net for Better Health and Nutrition Outcomes
Supported by: HCL Foundation
Monjura Bibi, aged 37 years is a resident of Nilamberpur village of Nawpukuria G.P. under Falta block. She is a house wife. She has two sons and two daughters and was pregnant with her fifth child.
Her husband, Mohan Halder, is a tailor and is the only earning member of family. Monjura and her husband are illiterate and they do not have any knowledge about family planning. Health workers of that area counselled her on that matter but they did not show any eagerness towards this. They believed that adoption of family planning methods was against their religious beliefs. They also were of the belief that up-taking of health services from the Sub-centre would isolate them from their religion and thus stayed away from taking modern healthcare services. They had not registered themselves at the Sub-centre during her previous pregnancies and all her deliveries were done at home.
Regular sensitization, joint counselling with FLWs and CINI staff member slowly led to a change in this woman’s thought process. She was shown how her children had missed out on several important immunizations and how it is affecting their health and nutrition. Also, how her own health has also been failing because of multiple pregnancies and disregarding ANC check-ups. Finally, continuous counselling led her to register her pregnancy at the sub-centre and she came for taking her ANC check-ups including the TT injections which were a huge barrier to cross for the team, in motivating her. However, her husband was completely against hospital delivery as he argued if she will be performed a caesarian section then there will be no one to take care of her children. This misconception too was eliminated via counselling that caesarian sections are not done randomly in government hospitals. The entire team of FLWs and CINI staff member did repeated meetings with the family and finally, they decided to opt for hospital delivery. On 3rd July, Monjura felt labor pain, ambulance was called immediately and the local ASHA brought her to the hospital where she delivered a child weighing 2.7 kgs. Monjura’s story has now encouraged other women of the area and she is seen as a change model in her village.