Shishu Kit Project – Swasth Shishu Ek Pahel
Shishu Kit project has been initiated on 11th April 2017 under Lalitbhai Patel Foundation in collaboration with United Way of Baroda, with an aim of Promoting Healthy Nurturing of New Borne, and to improve quality care after delivery. Shishu Kit is a project targeted towards the maternity ward of SSG Hospital, Jamnabai Hospital and GMERS hospital. When women come to these hospitals for delivery, they are usually unprepared. This means that they don’t carry the things that they and their babies would require at the time of post-delivery. Hence, the Shishu Kit is given to the women immediately after delivery. This kit comprises of a total of 15 items including a bag, sanitary napkins, baby clothes (2 sets of shirts, nappies, gloves, and caps), baby wrap towel, plastic mattress, iron tablets, calcium tablets, and gown for mothers and baby care awareness leaflet. The distribution of this kit is done in order to provide for the basic items that the woman and her baby would require immediately after delivery.
Apart from distribution of Shishu Kits, various Behavior Change Communication sessions (BCC) are conducted in SSG Hospital for the women. From the initiation of the project, total 42 sessions have been conducted and 1000+ beneficiaries have been benefited till date. The sessions are conducted on various topics such as maternal nutrition, family planning importance and methods, how to take care of new born babies, and how to achieve mental health and stability in women. Various teaching aids are used while taking sessions such as power point presentations, live models, ICE material, posters, etc. Beneficiaries enjoy these sessions and they promptly respond to the communicator, sharing their experience and problems. The sessions so far have been delivered by two professionals.
When it comes to the making of the kit, the residents of a special school (differently abled) have been enlisted to assemble the kit and in return are paid Rs. 5 on the making of each kit. From 3rd of January, 2019 this initiative was implemented and training was given to the specially abled individuals for the packing of Shishu Kits. This has helped them gain confidence, employment, and a sense of importance. Till date total 8442 kits have been distributed to beneficiaries.