Community Health Program
Shield yourself from Omicron- Online Webinar
The COVID 19 variant, Omicron, continues to spread across the world, once again disrupting our lives and creating anxiety. We need to practice self-awareness, self-discipline and collective strength if we want to overcome this variant and find a way back to normalcy . At such a juncture, an online awareness program was organised by Doctors for Seva at the PAN-India level.This webinar was held on 22nd January 2022. The speaker was Dr. Jyothi Lakshmi, a family physician for 20 years and an active member of the medical task force during COVID-19. She kept the discussion simple, yet informative with 80 participants being present. The session is also live-casted on YouTube. FAQ's have been answered with a hope of better efforts from all of us in defeating this global pandemic.
National Girl Child Day Program
Why do most Indian couples prefer a male child? Numerous reasons could be listed - Fear of sexual assult, victim blaming, gender gap, a girl child’s parents having to live alone after their daughter’s marriage and countless more. Over the past 2 decades in India, more than 10 million female babies have been aborted! The pressure to have a son is terrifying for a to- be mother and moreover, the women pregnant with girls are beaten and abused by husband and in- laws, in spite of knowing the fact- a woman carries only the X chromosome and she cannot be blamed for the gender of the child.
With an objective to increase awareness on the importance of a girl child’s position and rights in the society, National Girl Child is observed on the 24th January, 2022, annually. To celebrate the accomplishments of a girl child, Doctors for Seva organised a virtual program for girls from Prasanna Jyothi and Surabhi Trust Shelter Homes. Cultural activities like dance, music and pick and enact were held. Prizes were announced for drawing and audio talk competitions. Speakers including Dr. JyothiLakshmi, a family physician for 20 years, Dr. Nirupama, DFS program manager and Ms. Mangala Metri, an educationalist, addressed the girls and encouraged them to be proud of their identities, to face adversities with confidence and to build a better life for themselves. Overall, the program was an enjoyable and meaningful one. As the theme of 2022 is “ Digital Generation, Our Generation”, girls were empowered on digital generation - the pros and cons of using gadgets, social media, online fund transfers and more.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Webinar
January is observed as the Cervical Awareness Month. India ranks 2nd for the most cervical cancer cases among women ages 15 to 44. Every year around 1,23,900 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and around 78,000 women die from this disease in India. It is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness on early detection and proper treatment for frequently occuring cancers among women. DFS conducted an online Cervical Cancer Awareness Session on 26th December, 2022. The speakers included Dr. JyothiLakshmi, a family physician for 20 years, and Dr. Sundari, senior consultant at MS Ramaiah Hospitals. 80 participants being present, the session has also been live-casted on YouTube. With the Q&A component, it indeed was an insightful session.
3rd wave & Adolescent Vaccination:
‘Man proposes and God disposes’ is a popular medieval Latin proverb, which aptly describes the global situation in the present day - natural disaster and calamities that are the regulatory systems of nature. Novel Covid 19- Corona Virus (SARS-CoV) has proven itself to be a deadly pandemic. With the passing of the critical 2nd wave, and arrival of the inevitable 3rd wave, public health is of priority, most importantly that of the adolescent population affected by pandemic-related disruption. To address the importance of such safety measures, a session on Adolescent Vaccination has been organised by Doctors for Seva. Over 100 participants being present, the session has also been live-casted on YouTube. Both the adolescents and their families have been made aware of the importance of vaccination and other safety precautions to be practiced within their homes, schools and colleges. A Question and Answer Session was held to discuss FAQs and doubts related to COVID, so that the participants are equipped with the knowledge to keep both themselves and the people around them safe from the pandemic.
PCOD and Health Risks:
PCOD- Polycystic Ovary Disorder is a hormonal disorder affecting 9-22% of women in India between the ages of 12 and 45. Also known as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), PCOD comes with a host of symptoms that vary from person to person. These include, but are not limited to - irregular periods, weight gain and excess hair growth on the face and body. With varying and seemingly unrelated symptoms, most women with PCOD go undiagnosed their entire lives. This is dangerous, as the syndrome can lead to other problems and diseases affecting various aspects of a person’s health. The most common health risks associated with PCOD are infertility, sleep apnea, endometrial cancer, depression and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Dr. Asha Reddy, a consultant OBG & gynecologist discussed PCOD in a webinar conducted by Doctors for Seva, as an initiative of the DFS program ARIVU. She covers the cause, symptoms, associated health risks and lifestyle tips to help in the treatment of the disorder over the course of a 45 minute live session. This proved to be a fruitful discussion, as Dr. Reddy was able to impart much needed information on PCOS to more than 100 attendees over an interactive platform.