More good news from the pilot project for maternal health literacy in the urban slum areas of Kochi (Kerala, India).
The Tejus (word for ‘energy, light’) health clinic is now operating at full speed, offering services to a growing numbers of attendees, mainly women of all ages and children. They have turned to the clinic for advice in a wide range of problems: from general health conditions to maternal-related, such as fertility and general pregnancy check-ups.
The clinic is also offering classes on nutrition and one-to-one appointments. An increased number of women attended the last class (13 women, while 6 in the previous one), together with their children. The result was an interactive, entertaining and playful meeting in which many questions were addressed. The one-to-one appointments were introduced as an additional opportunity for supplementary information and focused education on the subjects covered during classes.
The organisers are confident that the number of participants will increase due to recent experiences and through consistent advertising and by word of mouth.
Birth for Change reported that a cheerful atmosphere of collaboration and relationship is growing between clinic staff and patients. This sounds like a positive indication of strengthened trust and a sense of belonging to the project by the local community.
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