In association with Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore, online training was conducted for 30 mothers from SARVAM’s Project villages.
Immunisation prevents deaths yearly in all age groups from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), influenza and measles. According to a source, immunisation prevents 4-5 million deaths yearly. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions.
The trainer explained the importance of early immunisations in a child’s life.
She emphasised that vaccination throughout childhood is necessary to provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are tested to ensure they are safe, effective, and appropriate for children at the recommended age.
In addition, she pointed out that the direct benefits of childhood vaccination in reducing the burden of disease morbidity and mortality cost-effectively are well-established. Also, she said that new evidence suggests that the measles vaccine may improve immunological memory and prevent co-infections, thereby forming a protective shield against other infections and consequently improving health, cognition, schooling and productivity outcomes well into the adolescence and adulthood in low-income settings.
There was a free-flowing question-and-answer session during which mothers clarified their doubts and asked questions. As a whole, the program was very informative and helpful. Women expressed their gratitude and ensured that other women were also aware of the points.