The Trust has been sending out mobile medical teams to the villages every month for the past decade. In the camps, the volunteer doctors (obstetricians and paediatricians) give prenatal and postnatal check-ups to pregnant women. Paediatricians examine and treat newborns to children up to 12 years of age. Para Medical staff assists the doctors in the camps.
Minor problems are treated in the camps; more serious problems, when identified, are referred for medical treatment at the Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals.
“Instruct the women of the villages on the basic principles of child health, child care and child training. When health fails, people become despondent and even desperate. When health prevails, vitality pervades both mind and body.” – Baba
The doctors, who come from all over India to offer their services at the medical camps, also provide continuing education to the village women on nutrition, health, child care and hygiene. Over the time that the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust has been running these camps, there has been a marked improvement in the health and body weights of both mothers and infants.
Vitamin and mineral supplements are given out in the camps, along with a protein mix. Medicines are given (free) to every patient. The medical camps are divided into two sections: Obstetrics and Paediatrics.
The Mother and Child Project offers free prenatal and postnatal care to women, along with immunization and medical care for infants and very young children, in the villages of Sathya Sai mandal. Once a month, teams consisting of doctors, medical technicians and sevadals, from all over Andrah Pradesh trek down the narrow bumpy roads to remote villages, along with a fully equipped "Mother and Child" ambulance provided by Bhagavan. Women receive on-going medical and nutritional support, as well as training in childcare, personal hygiene and spirituality. This loving care extends to the village headmen, local schoolteachers and elders, who are involved in activities to ensure that women have community support.
The project is also committed to improving knowledge and training for local birth attendants, educating them to provide better care for mothers before, during and after delivery. "Human birth is a gift from God," says Swami. "It is only by the strength of a mother's will that a child will come up in life. Hence she must be given pride of place. She must be respected and cared for."
Post natal visits train mothers in better infant care and include preventive healthcare education, immunizations and on-going nutritional counseling. "It is highly important to take care of the health of children," says Bhagavan. "Health is the foundation upon which human life rests."
A healthy mother = a healthy baby = a healthy nation