Prem Seva Mahila Mandal (PSMM) work in the areas of maternal and infant health, child health and nutrition, prevention of violence against women and children, and in the area of livelihood. PSMM believes that investing in women's health is essential to building viable communities. PSMM is a voluntary, secular, non-profit organisation that works for underprivileged women and children in Kalyan, Mumbai.
Their initiatives in each area are as follows:
Maternal and infant health: PSMM provides support and awareness amongst women and men about health care through various outreach efforts like street plays, one to one counselling, stressing on the importance of health and hygiene, importance of the girl child which leads to an increase in survival rates of mothers and their children in rural and adivasi populations.
Child Health and Nutrition: The organisation works to reduce malnutrition in children of migrant labourers, rag pickers and adivasi (tribal) populations in Kalyan. They identify children at risk and provide them with a nutritious Midday meal and also provide supplementary powder for children upto three years of age. They partner with the Bombay City Red Cross Mobile School initiative which addresses malnutrition in children at brick-kilns.
Livelihood Programme: This project aims to teach women from adjoining areas a variety of employment-creating skills. The programme educates women in the basics of teaching, tailoring, beauticians’ skills and English-speaking skills. They teach women to produce sanitary napkins as an income-generating activity as well as to improve the menstrual health of women at risk in rural and adivasi areas.
Prevention of violence against women and children: This programme provides abused women with counselling and intervention. The organisation networks with the police, legal authorities and other support groups.
Adolescent girls: PSMM educates adolescent girls about their reproductive health to enable them to make the right decisions.
Networking with service providers: PSMM runs medical camps in adivasi villages, conducts counselling sessions, administers haemoglobin checkups and provides nutritious foods and supplements. They help people file Right to Information applications and approach government machineries for basic needs like water and housing.
Income Rs8 lac
Expense Rs20 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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