Manjuara went to her maiden home at Sekendarpur in Diamond Harbour with her 5 years old son Manjur Alam Mondol. There, he used to play with other children and enjoy the vacation. One morning Manjur was playing in the nearby pond and accidentally drowned there. After few hours of searching the family members found him dead. This story implies that children don’t drown by falling in the water; they drown by staying there. We can’t afford to forget that Life is the only thing which can never be replaced when lost…
India has the highest burden of under-five deaths in the world, 8.8 lakh child deaths reported in that age bracket in 2018. But those deaths due to drowning are mostly invisible. Even no such data available yet in any Govt and non Govt sources.
CINI organised a day long symposium to advocate on convergent action to make duty bearer and community responsive on preventable child deaths on 5th September 2019. The event with the theme “Towards Zero Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths” took place in the eve of National Nutrition Month, in collaboration with District health and family welfare society, ICDS and Zilla parishad, Government of West Bengal.
To mobilise political will to prevent accidental deaths, parliamentarians and district level women elected representatives were engaged in the symposium. Honourable member of parliament Shri Subhasish Chakraborty, Ms Sachi Naskar from Nari O Sishu Karmadhkshya, Zilla Parishad South 24 Parganas. Dr. Somnath Mukhopadhyay, CMOH of South 24 Parganas along with other medical officers, DPO, CDPO attended the workshop. International dignitaries like Ms. Hannah Willams from Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Dr. Jagnoor Noor and Ms. Medhavi Gupta from George Institute for Global Health were present in the workshop. Dr. Bhaskar Baishnab DY CMOH-III has taken a very positive role to glorify the theme of this event.
Dr. Samir Narayan Chaudhuri, Director, CINI inaugurated the event with his key note address where he shared the data of a flagship study on drowning which reveals that we have lost 645 children aged between 1 to 9 years in last 3 years. 2 children aged 1-4 years old are drowning every day in the Sundarbans. 57% of deaths occurred with 1-2-year-old children. CINI has been appreciated for taking such pioneering initiative to arrest child death in association with The George Institution (TGI) & Royal National Lifebiat Institution (RNLI). More than 12 print and news media including Doordharshan covered the event.