The poor and needy children are distributed free medication in the relief programs offering medicine. It has been decided that in future too, people will be provided with free services. The needy and the poor in rural India are also provided with medical and surgical treatment. This free of cost treatment is provided by a small team of medical volunteers at Ashaa foundation
The Ashaa Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in The foundation works for the welfare of children with medical needs, support and dignity to homeless and disaster relief. Ashaa Foundation runs a medical clinic where they treat underprivileged patients free of cost.[ With the help if its donors, the foundation also provides medical help to critically ill children.They run a unique program, storytelling for the children in hospital, where volunteers can visit hospitals and narrate stories to the sick children Poor health is a chronic problem for street children. Half of all children in India are malnourished, but for street children the proportion is much higher. These children are not only underweight, but their growth has often been stunted; for example, it is very common to mistake a 12 year old for an 8 year old. Street children live and work amidst trash, animals and open sewers. Not only are they exposed and susceptible to disease, they are also unlikely to be vaccinated or receive medical treatment. Only two in three Indian children have been vaccinated against TB, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Measles; only one in ten against Hepatitis B. Most street children have not been vaccinated at all. They usually can not afford, and do not trust, doctors or medicines. If they receive any treatment at all it will often be harmful, as with kids whose parents place scalding metal on their bellies as a remedy for persistent stomach pain.
There is much ignorance about reproductive health and many girls suffer needlessly. A girl made infertile by an easily-preventable condition may become unmarryable and so doomed to a life of even greater insecurity and material hardship.
The HIV/AIDS rate amongst Indian adults is 0.7% and so has not yet reached the epidemic rates experienced in Southern Africa. However, this still represents 5 million people, or about 1 in 7 in of those in the world who have the disease. The rate amongst children is lower, but because street children are far more sexually active than their Indian peers and because many are even prostitutes they are thus hugely at risk of contracting the disease. AIDS awareness, testing and treatment exist, but less so for street children than other demographic groups.
ASHAA FOUNDATION provides nutrition, medical treatment, plus hygiene and reproductive health education to 1250 children in our street schools and homes. We run an AIDS awareness program targeting an additional 500 at-risk children. We also operate a Shower Bus that regularly visits street points and offers on-the-spot showers and cleansing products. We employ several full-time nurses and have relationships with hospitals that are willing to treat our children for free. I-India also provides education on tracking malnutrition to local staff in 233 village health centers, benefiting 33,000 rural children
• HEALTHCARE IMPACT
o 33444 people provided healthcare services
o Mobile Hospital programme benefitted 23551 people directly
o 124 multi-specialty health camps conducted
o 1241 children benefitted from School Health Programme
Ashaa home for street children’s Street children in India may be homeless because their family is homeless through poverty or migration, or because they have been abandoned, orphaned or have run away. It is not unusual to see whole families living on the sidewalks of Delhi, or rows of individual children sleeping around the railway station.
Homeless children have the odds stacked against them. They are exposed to the elements, have an uncertain supply of food, are likely miss out on education and medical treatment, and are at high risk of suffering addiction, abuse and illness. A single child alone on the streets is especially vulnerable.
Ashaa foundation prioritizes homeless street children. For them we provide: repatriation to their families, temporary and permanent shelter, street schools, vocational training, nutrition, medical treatment, shower facilities, AIDS awareness and a help line
Ashaa foundation provide care and protection for street children, institutionalized or living on streets, through the provisions of inclusive education, health, nutrition and skill building. Improve community awareness about issues of street children. Fostering dialogue between civil society and duty bearers on their role in protecting street children Poverty is the prime cause of the street children crisis. Children from well-off families do not need to work, or beg. They live in houses, eat well, go to school, and are likely to be healthy and emotionally secure.
Poverty dumps a crowd of problems onto a child. Not only do these problems cause suffering, but they also conspire to keep the child poor throughout his/her life. In order to survive, a poor child in India will probably be forced to sacrifice education and training; without skills the child will, as an adult, remain at the bottom of the economic heap.
The root causes of poverty are beyond a single NGO’s power to change, but ASHAA FOUNDATION believes in helping where it can. Street schools provide some education, as does mainstreaming of children into government schools and offering scholarships to private schools. Vocational training centres are a pragmatic, but powerful, tool to assist children in escaping the poverty trap. Children at these centres learn skills such as jewellery-making and tailoring which can prove more valuable to them than additional formal schooling. The money children earn at the centres alleviates some of their poverty, and encourages the child and his/her parents to choose vocational training over child labour. ASHAA FOUNDATION has also been active in promoting Child Rights.