Women Empowering Women: Here’s How Jeevika Initiative Changed The Life Of Bihar’s Pawan Rekha Devi And Her Family

Women Empowering Women: Here’s How Jeevika Initiative Changed The Life Of Bihar’s Pawan Rekha Devi And Her Family

Bihar’s Pawan Rekha Devi broke the shackles of orthodoxy and welcomed a new era of health and well being for her children
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Women Empowering Women: Here’s How Jeevika Initiative Changed The Life Of Bihar’s Pawan Rekha Devi And Her FamilyHappy Women's Day: Apart from the financial help, Pawan also received lot of support and health related information after joining JEEViKA group
Highlights
  • During her first pregnancy in 2009, Pawan had to follow orthodox traditions
  • This led to major health issues in her first child
  • After registering with Anganwadi, her 2nd pregnancy was well taken care of

New Delhi: Pawan Rekha Devi lives with her husband Mahadev Paswan, mother-in-law and her two children, in Bihar’s Gangarho, village. Her husband, Mahadev, works as a labourer to support the family of five. Back in 2009, Pawan delivered her first child, a girl, in a government hospital. After both mother and child were discharged from the hospital, as per the family’s tradition, the newborn and the mother were given a cold bath, right before they entered the house. Since it was winter season, the infant caught pneumonia because of the cold water bath.

Furthermore, due to certain orthodox beliefs, the daughter was not vaccinated properly for many crucial diseases, leading to frequent health issues. She was also fed milk diluted with water through her first few months. Due to these practices, the infant remained weak and also suffered a lot due to her health issues.

Not just that, as her father was the sole breadwinner, her health issues would cost them a lot money. When the times got tougher, Mahajan even had to borrow money to deal with the crisis.

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Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) also known as JEEViKA, is a World Bank-supported poverty alleviation programme. JEEViKA, operational in Bihar since 2007, empowers women to be self-reliant. 1 million women self-help groups work under JEEViKA across Bihar. Pawan Rekha Devi also joined the JEEViKA group in order seek financial help for her family and support her husband.

Apart from the financial help, she also received lot of support and health related information after joining JEEViKA group. One of the major thing she learned was to realise the irrelevance of orthodox practices in today’s day and age.

Her group’s ASHA worker, CM Babita Devi also motivated her to adapt to the changing times.

Babita didi taught me a lot of things, including importance of hygiene for me and my child. When I became pregnant 9 years later with my second child, I knew I needed to do things differently and not repeat the same mistakes I made with my daughter, she told NDTV.

Pawan Rekha Devi was registered with the government and Anganwadi for her second pregnancy. She also received frequent health checks, nutrition and hygiene related tips throughout her pregnancy.

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When the time came for her second child to be born, she delivered him in the hospital with ASHA workers in attendance, helping her through the labour.

She followed all the guidelines and lessons taught to her by Babita didi. The child was exclusively breastfed for the first six months. After the completion of six months, the child was fed nutritional supplement prescribed by the doctor.

This time, the baby was also bathed six days after he reached home. Moreover, the child was given all the vaccines. So the baby had a healthy growth and even started walking in 9 months.

Today, Pawan feels empowered, earning her living and having a support system of women. She chose health and hygiene over traditions and ensured a healthy turnaround for her family.

The sisters of Jeevika Group, took inspiration from Pawan and started educating the older ladies in the village, including Pawan’s mother-in-law, about the pitfalls of age old traditional, unscientific practices like cold bath.

They organise frequent meetings and also explain  the many hygiene and nutrition related reasons behind their children or grandchildren falling sick and increasing their expenses.

Pawan’s mother-in-law now firmly believes that after leaving her old traditions, her youngest grandchild is healthy, fickle and rarely sick.

If he falls sick, then it is cured quickly, unlike the case with my granddaughter, she tells NDTV.

Their ASHA worker, Babita didi told NDTV that the credit should be given to the entire family for their efforts in ensuring the second child doesn’t meet the same fate as their daughter. She said,

If the members of Pawan Rekha Devi’s family did not agree with what the livelihood group and I had said, their son would’ve dealt with the same issues as their daughter. It is very difficult to make such a big change, due to which the second child of Pawan Rekha Devi is healthy, fit and happy.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,78,31,904Cases
6,39,24,968Active
12,96,89,916Recovered
42,17,020Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,78,31,904 and 42,17,020 have died; 6,39,24,968 are active cases and 12,96,89,916 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,16,55,824 41,831Cases
4,10,952 2,032Active
3,08,20,521 39,258Recovered
4,24,351 541Deaths
In India, there are 3,16,55,824 confirmed cases including 4,24,351 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,10,952 and 3,08,20,521 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,03,715 6,959

80,138 733

60,90,786 7,467

1,32,791 225

Kerala

33,90,761 20,624

1,65,011 3,679

32,08,969 16,865

16,781 80

Karnataka

29,05,124 1,987

23,820 318

28,44,742 1,632

36,562 37

Tamil Nadu

25,59,597 1,986

20,716 218

25,04,805 2,178

34,076 26

Andhra Pradesh

19,66,175 2,058

21,180 18

19,31,618 2,053

13,377 23

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,441 31

712 17

16,84,973 48

22,756

West Bengal

15,28,019 769

11,113 58

14,98,770 819

18,136 8

Delhi

14,36,265 58

581 1

14,10,631 56

25,053 1

Chhattisgarh

10,02,008 102

1,863 102

9,86,621 203

13,524 1

Odisha

9,77,268 1,578

14,538 389

9,56,828 1,899

5,902 68

Rajasthan

9,53,667 17

248 6

9,44,465 22

8,954 1

Gujarat

8,24,877 27

252 8

8,14,549 35

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,828 22

122 1

7,81,193 21

10,513

Haryana

7,69,913 29

712 0

7,59,566 27

9,635 2

Bihar

7,24,835 44

457 1

7,14,735 45

9,643

Telangana

6,44,951 621

9,069 72

6,32,080 691

3,802 2

Punjab

5,99,104 51

534 10

5,82,277 60

16,293 1

Assam

5,66,198 989

13,322 510

5,47,616 1,480

5,260 19

Jharkhand

3,47,173 36

252 8

3,41,793 44

5,128

Uttarakhand

3,42,139 116

632 13

3,34,145 129

7,362

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,462 118

1,176 5

3,15,908 113

4,378

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,027 153

1,217 80

2,01,289 72

3,521 1

Goa

1,71,146 94

1,058 35

1,66,941 128

3,147 1

Puducherry

1,20,915 100

962 17

1,18,158 115

1,795 2

Manipur

98,499 801

10,540 195

86,403 981

1,556 15

Tripura

78,583 222

3,482 2

74,346 224

755

Meghalaya

65,000 686

5,966 175

57,949 499

1,085 12

Chandigarh

61,953 1

31 5

61,111 5

811 1

Arunachal Pradesh

48,122 266

3,954 188

43,939 451

229 3

Mizoram

38,925 861

12,388 213

26,387 643

150 5

Nagaland

27,872 159

1,329 55

25,977 99

566 5

Sikkim

26,548 237

3,400 98

22,804 137

344 2

Ladakh

20,338 10

56 6

20,075 4

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650 6

29 1

10,617 7

4

Lakshadweep

10,189 11

84 7

10,055 4

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,537 2

8 0

7,400 2

129

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