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Children are seed of future generations, makers of future societies and nations. It is why George Bernard Shaw once famously said, “A Child is Asset of Nation”.  Being so, child-care is a prime concern of any welfare state. Indian government has also started number of programs regarding Children’s education & health.

Jan-Mitram (Friends of people) is volunteering on these issues since its inception, especially on health. Combating malnutrition is always our primary focus. Parents in any society, obviously wish their children to remain healthy. But some set of factors like severe poverty, lake of awareness, and ethnic belief fall in way.





















Tribal region of Chhattisgarh is a typical example. Here, Infant Mortality Rate is 64 out of 1000. which reflects around 3 lakhs children are fall in death during one year time span. Where as in developed nation 10 out of 1000 reflects the high rate of death in their society.  Despite repeated efforts, government and voluntary organizations still has a long way to go.
lakhs of infants-child are out of the system to reach the entire development process. Primery reason is lake of proper awareness. In Chhattisgarh. Jan-Mitram, is running a comprehensive R-Ch Project in tribal-land of Raigarh district. We have selected 800 women volunteers to take care every of women and children in every hamlet under mitanin programs. Institutional deliveries and pre natal care are primary focus.



Mitanin Prgoramme

Present Status of Basic health services in India; teach us that desired success could not be achieved without community participation. However, most of previous community health programmes lake only one thing, Participation of community. One of its biggest reasons is that in a welfare state, no one can be forced to practice hygiene and remain healthy. It can only be achieved through behavioral change communication and informative education. Janmitram took up this challenge and started Mitanin programme to meet it.















Text Box: Who is Mitanin?  Mitanin is a chttisgarhi word that stands for “TRUSTED FRIEND.”  In our programme; She is a volunteer selected in a hamlet of 40-50 households. A Mitanin Should be   1.	Resident of hamlet for life  2.	Free from social, cultural, or financial constraints.  3.	 Educated and able to communicate  4.	Have some influence over the community   What we do?  We select Mitanin and train them for basic anatomy and physiology, nutritional requirement of different age group, causes and remedies of common epidemics; domestic hygiene etc. They are also trained for symptoms of common diseases and malnutrition, primary care and distribution of drugs & general medicines. Training part also includes making malaria slides, writing referrals to Govt. health centers, documentation etc  What Mitanin Do?  Mitanin have to take care of 40-50 families. They are expected to do change agent’s job not only for health but also in other social sections for all-round awareness generation.   Outreach   Janmitram is running Mitanin campaign in two blocks of Raigarh district viz Gharghoda and Lailunga on its own. We also support Manora block of Jashpur district where government is doing the training part. Over 1300 Mitanin are selected in these arias and they are doing their task efficiently.















































Mitanin is a chttisgarhi word that stands for “TRUSTED FRIEND.” Mitanin is a women selected in a hamlet of 40-50 household. She is selected with due care that it must be resident of hamlet for life, and should be free from social, cultural or financial constraints. Moreover, she must be willing full to take the job on voluntary basis. Ability to communicate and education and influence in community are other criteria.

Selected Mitanin undergo sequential trainings and fieldwork. Training part includes the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology, nutritional requirement of different age group, causes and remedies of common epidemics; domestic hygiene etc. they are trained for symptoms of common diseases and malnutrition, primary care and distribution of drugs & general medicines.

Training part also includes making malaria slides, writing referrals to Govt. health centers, documentation etc. Mitanin have to take care of 40-50 families. They are expected to do change agent’s job not only for health but also in other social sections for all-round awareness generation. 
Janmitram is running Mitanin campaign in two blocks of Raigarh district viz Gharghoda and Lailunga on its own. We also support Manora block of jashpur distirct where government is doing the training part. Over 1300 Mitanin are selected in these arias and they are doing their task efficiently. Over the last two years, Mitanins went under sequential trainings. They were all provided medical kits. Mitanins now ready to impart the function expected to them.

More then 850 Mitanins in Lailunga and Gharghoda are enthusiastically taking care of mother and child health, Nutritional requirement, health, and hygiene etc in their hamlet. They are supposed to promote institutional deliveries. Health officials in the block now recognize the increasing number deliveries in the hospitals. This year, Post Natal Death is reduced 21 per thousand from 26 per thousand; it shows the success of Mitanins in the area.
Mitanins are also provided referral slips and Malaria slides. Their Medical Kits contains Paracetamal, Albandzol, Iron teblets, Kotrim, Metronidozol, antacid, Scbize Lotions and Malaria Slides.Janmitram is keen to ensure regular supply and refilling of kits , on which the success of  programme greatly depends.  

Mitanin are not only providing healthcare facilities, but they are now becoming a lighthouse for awareness generation on various issues. A committed force for social and humanitarian issues is raised in form of Mitanins. All our initiatives in these areas, including livelihood enhancement and Social justice, now thrive on this women force. 
The progamme is now getting support under NRHM .  District RCH society and State health resource centre (SHRC) Raipur are  guiding  us  various technical issue on community health.

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