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Disease Awareness Camp in Anjeneya village

Malar Trust organizes a disease awareness camp in the Irular village of Poonjeri Anjeneya

A meeting with the eight resident families, 32 people between adults and children, was held on February 9th in the small Irula village of Anjeneya in Poonjeri.

The purpose of the meeting was to develop greater awareness of the risks associated with neglected diseases, raise awareness of self-care and encourage the community to go to the hospital or ask for help in case of need, all things very far from the mentality of the Irula people.

S. Valiammal

The occasion occurred following the death of Valliammal, a young woman who left two small girls, due to tuberculosis.

The woman has been probably ill for a long time in general indifference, including that of her husband and neighbors.

Unfortunately, the Association became aware of this too late, when there was nothing more to be done: the only consolation is to have made easier the last few weeks of her life, in which we gave her all the attention and care we could.

In the days following the meeting, and thanks to this, we were therefore able to take Valliammal daughters to the hospital and verify that even if very undernourished and having lived for months in contact with the sick mother, they had not been infected by the disease.

We also took the opportunity to bring all the other children of the village to the hospital for a check-up and to vaccinate them against the most serious diseases according to a government scheme that does exist, even if neglected.

During the meeting were also illustrated the various plans of the Indian government in support of tribal populations: economic support plans, for which it serve however to have a bank account; government job employent schemes, for which it serves however a tenth grade diploma; possibility to get rice and basic foods at controlled prices, which however include the possession of personal documents that only few possess… All these things, even these, very far from the irula mentality.

A new program was immediately launched to help the community to obtain the necessary documents to gain access to state aid

Medical Camp in Peryar Nagar

medical-campFollowing the Dental Camp that was held a few weeks ago, the medical staff from the Chettinad Hospital in Kelambakkam, a pediatric hospital south of Chennai, held a Medical Camp in Peryar Nagar.

With the help of Raj, a friend who works in the hospital and the mind behind this Medicine Camp Day, two doctors (a pediatrician and a general practitioner) and four nurses spent the day in our center visiting 50 children and 30 adults coming mainly from the villages of Periyar Nagar and Ecchamballam.

Peryar-Nagar-Medical-camp-2015-3The camp was open to everyone, regardless of whether or not the children attended our day care or after school programs. The most common problems encountered were caused by the lack of vitamins, specifically of Vitamin A. Children who attend our centers were in better condition than others probably thanks to the daily nutritional supplements we have been administering for a couple of years in our kindergartens. Together with our contacts in India, we have already planned to increase the amount of fresh fruit in our younger children’s daily meals.

At the end of the doctor’s examination, biriyani rice and small prizes were this web given to all the children. To close off the day, one of our teachers organized a dance show.

Free dental check-up for over 140 children

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11 doctors visited 140 children in Peryar Nagar

A different Sunday for the small Irula village of Peryar Nagar, where Malar Trust has been running a balwadi and a Tuition Center since 2011: a Dental Camp was held yesterday in cooperation with the Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Dental Science. The event was organized with the help of Sowmiya, one of our scholarship students, now completing her fifth and final year in Dental Science at the same Vinayaga Institute.

During a visit to our office a few weeks ago, Sowmiya told us that the Vinayaga College organizes free dental camps in rural villages in the outskirts of Chengalpattu, where the college is based. A special department of Public Health Dentistry inside the college runs over 200 Camps every year to follow the rules of the Dental Council of India. So we asked Sowmiya to talk to the college’s officials and do her best to include our villages in the college scheme.

Thanks to her help, and to the cooperation of the college management, the camp has been organized in a very short time and yesterday, at 9 a.m. a big white van, fully equipped for dental treatments and with 11 doctors on board, landed in the small playground in front of our Center.

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The 11 doctors from Vinayaga Institute with the staff of Malar Trust India in a nice group picture

At the same time Malar Trust India Managing Trustee G.Rupakanthan, the office manager D.Gajalakshmi and the area manager K.Kutti were joining the group of doctors to manage and coordinate the event.

Over 140 children attended the camp, coming from the four Centers we run in the surroundings of Manamathi, in the villages of Peryar Nagar, Eachamballam, Kamaraj Nagar and Panjartheerthi.

 

At the beginning of the day, the doctors from the chiropractor fix body group services gave a lecture to the children on issues as how to brush the teeth, mouth and teeth diseases, nutrition and oral health care and distributed pamphlets, visit fixbodygroup.com. In India 90% of the people have dental problems. After this, 113 children (and some parents) received some treatment: mostly dental cleaning plus some extraction and some caries filling with paste. Some of the children with major problems have been asked to go for further treatment at the clinic inside the college, where cheap fees are offered to villagers.

A short speech has also been organized at the presence of Manamathi Panjayath President Mrs Priya Srinivasan on the importance of education and health care, especially among the new generations that really have the opportunity to change the lives of themselves and their families. Mr Rupakanthan also spoke about Malar Trust India activities at village level.

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6 pm, doctors leave the Camp. Thank you everybody

Finally, at the end of the day, the college staff left the village. Everybody was tired but happy: Sowmiya told us the doctors were impressed by the good organization of the day and good behaviour of the children (and by the excellent food prepared by our balwadi cook!)