New Delhi: Self-care significantly impacts the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of mothers and children. It is not just their nutritional aspect that needs to be taken care of, but factors such as diet diversity, physical activity, and personal care and hygiene are equally essential for their overall well-being, all which are less available to the women and children of the rural and tribal communities of India. With the aim of improving self-care practices among mothers and children under five years of age, Reckitt and PLAN India has come up with a ‘Self-Care’ programme.
The Ideation Behind Reckitt’s Self Care Programme
The project is based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) self-care guidelines, WHO 7-point plan on comprehensive Diarrhoea control and The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) by WHO and UNICEF.
Objective of The Self Care Programme
The Self-care programme strategy is built on the four objectives of access, coverage, quality and safety. The programme focuses on the mental and physical well-being of women and children of the rural and tribal communities of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
The programme will address issues such as Anaemia, malnutrition and promote antenatal check-ups, birth spacing, and Yoga practices among women and children. Besides, it seeks to educate and counsel new mothers on hygiene and health, handwashing, clean water consumption, and safe waste disposal to significantly reduce the risk of infectious diseases and promote overall well-being.
Under the programme, Reckitt and PLAN India has launched a ‘Self-Care Kit’, a box full of essential items that are needed for women and children.
Here’s a look at what the kit contains for mothers and children:
- The kit has supplements like iron, vitamin C and folic acid tablets for antenatal care and to reduce the risk of low birth weight, and Anaemia among women.
- It includes Dettol sanitiser, liquid soap and bar soap, to promote hygiene practices and hence reduce the risk of spreading infections.
- The kit contains gloves to protect hands from blood and body fluids, including respiratory secretions among women and children.
- For children, the kit has strips of zinc supplements and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) sachet, to make sure they are well hydrated and rejuvenated.The Self Care kit also has a baby blanket.
- A thermometer and a pulse oximeter to monitor oxygen in a child’s blood and keep a check on the temperature, like in case of Diarrhoea.
Talking about the Self-Care Programme, Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs & Partnerships, SOA, Reckitt, said,
Reckitt’s mission is to raise self-care awareness, empower new mothers, promote healthy behaviours, encourage community engagement and address key diseases of young children. And we are doing it with several initiatives like Self-Care Kit.
Dr Komal Goswami, Chief of Party, PLAN India said,
Women focus on the health and hygiene of their family, but cut themselves out of care. It is essential that we lay our focus on making them aware about self-care. And this is where Self-Care Kit comes in handy.
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