Along with reducing the high Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR- 390 per 1,00,000 live birth) Infant Mortality Rate (IMR- 61 per 1000) in Assam, reducing the high Total Fertility Rate (TFR- 2.6) in the state is an important focus area of C-NES’ Boat Clinic health initiatives under NRHM. After constant awareness sessions by the health teams in thirteen districts across Assam, the people are becoming aware of the importance of FP (family planning) and have started using different methods, observed the health team members. Many women show interest in inserting IUCD to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Accordingly the teams plan to organize IUD insertion camps in the chars by bringing experts and experienced nurses. Awareness campaigns on health and hygiene, family planning, safe drinking water and sanitation are regularly organized. Motivating isolated communities under the influence of superstition and religions which do not encourage family planning is not an easy task for the health teams working, as they are, under challenging conditions.
At Dhubri’s Majerchar pt 1 char on the 27th of December, 2011, the Boat Clinic Unit II, Dhubri conducted an awareness session on family planning and IUCD. The Medical Officer Dr Subhamitra Choudhury and ANM Najimun Nessa, trained in IUCD insertions counseled six beneficiaries and conducted an IUCD insertion. During the past year the team has conducted rigorous awareness sessions at almost all camps and organized a Mega Awareness Camp at Poraporichar on immunization, family planning and sanitation. People are happy with such health and family planning initiatives at their doorsteps.