Houston event raises cash to fight infant mortality in India

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The Houston (Texas) branch of a charitable organisation founded by an Indian has collected over $60,000 to be spent on fighting maternal and infant mortality in India.

Save A Mother-Houston Chapter,  held an event to raise funds on Mothers Day and collected over $60,00011,000 was raised from those who attended the event in less than six minutes.

The World Health Organisation estimates that around  67,000 maternal deaths and a million neonatal deaths occur every year in India. There  are also about  42 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, five stillbirths per 1,000 deliveries and 178 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

Save A Mother (SAM) was founded in 2008 by Dr Shiban Ganju, a consultant physician in the Chicago area. He has launched successful campaigns in more than  800 villages in Uttar Pradesh to fight maternal and infant mortality.

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SAM runs a program of seven health practices which include regular meetings and discussions in the community, personal hygiene, pregnancy best practices, infant care, cooperation with public health workers, child immunization and nutrition, adolescence health education,” SAM’s chapter president Veena Kaul said.

Another member of SAM  Rupa Iyer, who is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Technology at the University of Houston, gave a short presentation on  Developing Sustainable Health Solutions  in India. – CINEWS

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