GLOBAL SCIENCE ACADEMY (GSA) IS CELEBRATING ITS 2O YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE HUMANITY!!!

Child Health & GSA

Child Health:

GSA with its programme delivery working on reduction of infant and child mortality. Also, diarrhea and water borne diseases in context of children are being emphasized.

Child Abuse & Child Labour & GSA:

"Child labour" could be considered as one of the modern forms of slavery in Uttar Pradesh and district adjacent to HQ of the GSA (including Basti) Siddharthnagar, Santkabirnagar, Shrawasti, Gonda, Deoria, Gorakhpur etc. are the potent places to be intervened with programmatic delivery to eradicate child labour.

Further, child domestic servants not only work long hours but are particularly vulnerable to sexual as well as other physical abuse. Since children excluded from the most hazardous forms of work, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ILO, by 1995 but these practices are still visible in eastern UP.

GSA has its working experiences with Central Board for Workers Education (CBWE), Ministry of Labor, Govt. of India in organizing special camps for SC/ST workers (-unorganized workers) at various locations in Basti district which aimed at generating socio-economic awareness amongst themselves and in organizing need-based learning-workshop for employees, volunteers and members of the organization for their capacity building in the field of community intervention and house-keeping and chanced to see incidences of “slavery” as a ‘state of mind’ amongst unorganized labourers.

CBWE and GSA:

Central Board for Workers Education (CBWE), Ministry of Labor, Govt. of India supported GSA in organizing special camps for SC/ST workers (-unorganized workers) at various locations in Basti district which aimed at generating socio-economic awareness amongst themselves and in organizing need-based learning-workshop for employees, volunteers and members of the organization for their capacity building in the field of community intervention and house-keeping.

GSA & Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS:

GSA intended to work on ‘Scaling up of Care, Support Services for Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in core hotspots of Uttar Pradesh by targeting OVC, their families and communities’. The amount of demographic and health surveys in this context are negligible and never made a focus on the population in particular. However, in recent past, the Global Science Academy has done certain amount of preliminary survey and study by focussing on orphan and vulnerable children and documented as well to be used a basic tool while implementing this kind of activity. The usable data thus produced was analysed as the situation analysis by using several relevant parameters which included, among many others, age, parental loss, economic status, literacy factors, community perception and awareness etc. to make it a ready tool for implementers for implementing the programme in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Analysis also made on core hotspots in UP in the districts of Basti, Mahrajganj, Deoria, Mau, Ajamgarh, Siddharthnagar, Balrampur, Shrawasti and Bahraich where there are several incidences of orphan and vulnerable children. Aiming at following:

  1. Clinical care that will include clinical management of Opportunistic Infections (OIs), HIV related illness including preventive therapies, TB prevention and control, ARV.
  2. Home based care
  3. Palliative care
  4. Psychosocial support
  5. Stigma reduction
  6. Legal support
  7. Initiate Nutritional Programmes
  8. Awareness on Micro-environment & income generation programmes
  9. Advocacy for Care home

GSA & UNICEF:

GSA has programmatic experience with UNICEF on breastfeeding, nutrition, hand washing, vaccination and quality treatment.

Highlights of that UNICEF project is given below: A thorough baseline survey conducted on 150 villages of GSA’ headquarters’ district (Basti, UP, India) for initiating a Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) project and later submitted a project to UNICEF which become successful. Through funding from UNICEF, GSA conducted the project on “Behaviour Change Communication (BCC)” by providing training to 150 volunteers from 150 villages of Vikramjot Developmental Block of Basti district of Uttar Pradesh, India and covered 6 topics that included- 1) Breast-feeding, 2) Immunization, 3) Personal Health & Hygiene, 4) Importance of Clean Drinking Water, 5) Water Borne Disease specially Diarrhea and Dysentery & 6) HIV/AIDS. Core trainers of the project belonged to UNICEF, GSA & other reputed NGOs. (It is recommended to refer UNICEF office-Lucknow (UP) in order to get more information on the said project).

UNICEF and GSA both had brought out IEC and Resource material along with does and don’t list in this context.

Breast –feeding:

Whilst implementing the said project contents on Breast-feeding specifically designed in activity and highlighted various myths against the Breast feeding in rural areas of the state including Basti district (of UP, India). Since breast feeding practices reducing, hence educated the lactating mothers on real facts of breast feeding, simultaneously there were many myths against HIV/AIDS it needs a discussion to break the hesitation understand the real facts.”

Other contents of the project were:

  1. BCC on Water Purification, Water Collection, Impounding which delineated on how to purify drinking water,-Boiling/chlorination/application of bleaching water and how to collect water and its safer practice handling.
  2. BCC on personal health and hygiene along with environmental sanitation which dealt on importance of bathing, hand washing/nail-cutting/hair cutting under the personal health and hygiene practices, prevention of open defeacation near the water resources and motivated on toilet construction.
  3. BCC on Water Borne Disease especially diarrhea and dysentery along with precautionary/ remedial measures, utility of ORS solution for children. Also highlighted on common disease spreading due to contaminated water.
  4. BCC on Child-care and survival in which broadly discussed on immunization need and time line of immunization, role of ORS Solution in child survival along with myths and realities of breast-feeding & HIV/AIDS.
  5. Follow-up activities were included as household visit observation method as conducted by trained volunteers which later documented as a resource for GSA for further activities

Face-book Communications over Internet: Health Issue

GSA personnel also communicate relevant issues over internet; following is one of the examples:

As Chief functionary (CEO & Secretary) of Global Science Academy (GSA) India, let me share with you that this movement is worthy enough to prevent child death from pneumonia. GSA is proud to be one of the oldest members of this alliance (since 2009) and dedicately doing a lot towards the cause. Kindly accept my sincere thanks for the meaningful voice/effort. Dr. Anil Pratap Singh.