‘Saheli’ meaning ‘friend’ is referred to the mother of the girl.
In a country where marital and familial rape an oxymoron, it is perhaps, not surprising if a girl is not safe in her own house.
In this scenario, the only source of help can come from their mother.
Ladli Foundation is trying to counsel both the mother and the daughter and make them understand the importance of their bonding and how they can come to each other’s aid. Having extensive knowledge about the programme and its execution we would want the females to benefit from these camps in villages and slums so that we can enhance the conditions of those who are constantly living under the shadows of health problems, which are not only chronic but also life threatening.
Saheli is especially designed to provide inclusive/preventive Healthcare for underprivileged females in urban & rural slums. Under this project we have successfully organized numbers of Mega health check-up camps by conducting sessions on sensitizing the female population on sexual abuse, menstrual and feminine hygiene & prevention of communicable diseases, especially sexually transmitted diseases for young underprivileged girls and women, who face the potential risk of contracting these diseases, given their ignorance and lack of knowledge. This program has provided complete primary healthcare to more than 65000 beneficiaries and sensitized over 2 lakh females in slums. The outcome of this programme resulted in the shocking statistics where 80 % females in rural slums were suffering with PATHOLOGICAL LEUCORRHEA AND MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITIES. Further around 70% of them were diagnosed with cervical pain and almost all of them were found to be anaemic. 57% of females in urban slums were found having high count of Lymphocytes and 14 females were found HIV positive in a camp out of 400 beneficiaries, tested for HIV. After the primary health check-up the beneficiaries were provided proper medical consultations, given the required medicines and appropriate referrals. The initiative was also commended by many dignitaries including the Social Justice Minister of India & Commissioner of Delhi Police (women safety) through an appreciation letter.
So, let's pledge to make sure that
“EVERY LADLI HAS A SAHELI”