Empowering Health, Transforming Lives: Our Journey of Care and Compassion
Since 2010, our organization has been dedicated to conducting the Comprehensive Health Program, a holistic initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of communities. Through this program, we provide essential healthcare services, awareness campaigns, and nutritional support to those in need. We are grateful for the generous support from Oil India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, and ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited) in making these health camps possible.
Our health camps go beyond just medical check-ups and medicine distribution. We strive to create awareness and empower individuals to take charge of their own health. Throughout the year, we organize seminars and rallies in schools and localities to celebrate various health-related days and address important topics. From International Cancer Day to International Diabetic Day, we cover a wide range of health issues and promote preventive measures.
One of our key areas of focus is the Sundarbans region, where we have been conducting special health check-ups and treatments. We understand the unique challenges faced by the islanders and provide them with the necessary medical assistance. Last year, we emphasized awareness camps to combat preventable diseases and distributed free spectacles to those in need.
Our health camps have had a significant impact on the community, reaching thousands of people who lack access to basic healthcare services. By providing free medicine, spectacles, and sanitary napkins, we strive to improve the quality of life for individuals in need. The smiles on their faces and the gratitude they express are a testament to the positive change these camps bring.
During the health camps, our dedicated team enrolls patients and divides them into groups for efficient management. Critical cases receive immediate attention, while common ailments are addressed by our doctors and healthcare workers. We provide full courses of medication and educate patients on their proper usage. Additionally, we prioritize the immunization of children, provide vitamin supplements, and promote good hygiene practices.
Through our awareness initiatives, we educate individuals on the importance of personal hygiene, the use of mosquito nets to prevent diseases, and the significance of breastfeeding and proper prenatal and postnatal care. These efforts aim to empower communities with knowledge and resources for better health outcomes.
As we continue our mission to improve healthcare access, we are grateful for the support of our partners and the dedication of renowned pediatrician Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag our Chairman. Together, we have provided free health services to 1,80,000 islanders in the Sundarbans area. However, there is still much work to be done, and we urge everyone to support our cause and help us reach even more individuals in need.
In conclusion, our Comprehensive Health Program is more than just medical assistance; it is about giving hope, promoting awareness, and making a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and communities. By joining hands and supporting this noble cause, we can create a healthier and more equitable society for all.
Renowned pediatrician Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag (former president of Indian Medical Association, West Bengal) is the director of Aranyaj Health Service. So far we had already provided free health service to 70,000 islanders of the Sundarban area.
Our heroic effort to provide Healthcare during COVID 19 pandemic
In the tumultuous year of 2020, as the world grappled with the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, one organization, Aranyaj Society, embarked on a courageous journey of service and compassion. Known for its unwavering commitment to uplifting marginalized communities in the remote villages of the Sundarbans, Aranyaj Society stepped up to provide free healthcare services during these trying times.
The Sundarbans, a region renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecosystem, is also home to thousands of villagers living in impoverished conditions. Access to healthcare is a luxury here, with remote villages often cut off from essential medical facilities. When the pandemic struck, these communities found themselves even more vulnerable, with limited knowledge about the virus and its transmission.
Under the dedicated leadership of their Chairman, Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag, who himself is 77 years old, Aranyaj Society initiated a bold mission. They launched an initiative to provide free healthcare services to the villagers, including COVID-19 awareness campaigns, medical check-ups, and the distribution of essential medicines. This mission was nothing short of heroic, as it meant venturing into the heart of these remote areas, often at great personal risk.
During the first wave of the pandemic, when vaccines were still a distant hope, the members and volunteers of Aranyaj Society, under Dr. Nag’s guidance, tirelessly worked to reach those in need. They conducted health camps, educated villagers about preventive measures, and offered vital medical assistance. Their dedication knew no bounds, and they continued their selfless service despite the inherent risks.
However, this noble endeavor was not without sacrifices. As Aranyaj Society’s team returned to Kolkata after their tireless efforts in the Sundarbans, some members contracted the virus. It was a stark reminder of the selflessness and courage displayed by these individuals in the face of adversity.
Under the leadership of Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag, who attended meetings through telephonic discussions, Google online WhatsApp video calls, Google Meet, and Zoom calls wherever network connectivity allowed, the members of Aranyaj Society, including those who fell ill, displayed remarkable resilience and made a full recovery. Their unwavering commitment to serving the underprivileged communities of the Sundarbans, even at great personal risk, is a testament to the power of compassion and humanity.
As we reflect on the challenging year that was 2020, Aranyaj Society’s courageous mission, led by the indomitable spirit of Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag, serves as an inspiring example of what can be achieved when selflessness and determination combine. Their dedication to providing healthcare in the heart of the Sundarbans during the pandemic will be remembered as a shining beacon of hope and service, a testament to the potential for positive change even in the most trying times.
Breast Milk: Nurturing Health, Knowledge, and
Breastfeeding stands as a powerful force for global well-being, intelligence, and fairness. It offers immediate and long-term health, economic, and environmental advantages to children, women, and society. Research findings highlight its significance:
Lives Saved and Economic Gains: Universal breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of 823,000 children (87% of them infants under 6 months) and 20,000 mothers annually. It would also yield economic savings of US $302 billion, equivalent to 0.49% of the world’s gross national income.
Effective Immunization: Breastfeeding acts as a highly effective immunization method that can save 147 million children (including 60 million newborns), 32 million stillbirths, and 5 million women worldwide.
Cognitive Benefits: Each month of breastfeeding enhances a child’s IQ by 0.16 points, equating to 3.86 extra points for those who receive the full 2 years of breastfeeding.
Environmental Impact: Producing just 1 kg of breast milk substitute powder requires over 4000 liters of water, contributing to an ecological footprint. Breast milk, a natural and renewable food, is environmentally safe and doesn’t involve pollution, excessive packaging, or waste.
Promoting breastfeeding is essential for environmental sustainability, food security, and climate-smart development goals at national and global levels.
However, global exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates are low, standing at only 37%, and in India, they reach 56%. India faces challenges like a high number of preterm births, undernutrition in children under 5, and neonatal mortality. Understanding factors related to EBF can significantly improve infant nutrition.
Over the past ten years, we’ve been dedicated to promoting exclusive and universal breastfeeding in West Bengal, India. Our efforts encompass health camps, socio-medical seminars, road shows, street dramas, skits in urban and rural areas, colleges, among nursing students and health workers, pregnant and lactating mothers, and school-going girls above 15 who are future mothers.
Our focus includes antenatal counseling on infant feeding decisions, preparation for breastfeeding, and postnatal home visits to establish exclusive breastfeeding, manage challenges, and continue breastfeeding with benefits.
A common reason for non-exclusive breastfeeding is mothers feeling they don’t produce enough milk (24%). However, we’ve discovered that some private hospitals and medical practices exploit new mothers’ lack of knowledge by promoting formula milk illegally.
The industry’s substantial global sales of US $44.8 million in 2014 underscore the competition in infant feeding. We are determined to fight against these giants. The promotion and protection of breastfeeding demand collective societal responsibility. Without commitment and active investment from governments, civil society, and communities, inadequate support for breastfeeding will persist, leading to long-term losses and costs borne by future generations.
Improving breastfeeding practices aligns with the sustainable development goals, contributing to better health, food security, education, equity, development, and environmental preservation.
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