Over the years, Health & Nutrition and Child Protection have emerged as the two major domains of CCDT’s interventions, with a special focus on children and their families.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH
Help a Mother, Save a Baby. A program aimed at reducing child morbidity and mortality, and maternal deaths. Malnutrition of infants and pregnant and lactating mothers is a matter of concern. Creating a supportive environment for the mothers, infants and children, a positive step forward towards this goal is taken through our Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI), Sahyog and mMitra programs. The additional key activities of these programs are gender sensitization and education of women and children, towards full childhood and women’s empowerment.
CCDT’s HIV program was one of the earliest responses to the debilitating impact of HIV/AIDS on families and children in India. Initiated in 1995, the Home-Based Care (HBC) program underlined the need to work on care and support, a gap left by the overall national response that focused on prevention alone. The philosophy of our HBC program is a belief that family is the best place for a child to grow. Therefore it seeks to strengthen HIV/AIDS-infected families to prevent their disintegration in order to ensure that children grow up in their familiar environment. Families and individuals infected with HIV/AIDS require timely and appropriate medical attention, intensive psychological and emotional care and support, along with legal aid to protect their inheritance rights. Stigma and discrimination attached with the infection often results in loss of livelihood and expulsion from educational, health and other institutions.
CCDT works with extremely marginalized tribal communities living in and around Borivali National Park, as well as Aarey Colony in Goregaon. CCDT works towards improving the health of pregnant women and lactating mothers, children between 0-6 yrs and adolescents between 12-18 yrs, enabling them to address issues around health and education to minimize vulnerability. Conscious of the multiple deprivations faced by these communities, the program emphasizes empowering children and youth so that they can avail of entitlements due them, on their own. CCDT works with over 1041 families living across 12 hamlets in this Mumbai region.
CCDT’s Residential Care Program aims at restoring a wholesome childhood to children in crisis, that are orphaned and vulnerable, through health and nutritional care, psycho-social support, education, sports, recreation, family life values and personality development. It seeks to facilitate opportunities for the healthy growth and development of the children, until they are 21 years of age or either reintegrated with their families, or extended family, or start living on their own.Presently there are 90 children residing at our four residential centers in Mumbai, Badlapur and Khandala. More than 530 children have been supported through this program till date.
Child Protection- Just a Call Away… Childline ‘1098’is a National 24 hours free, phone emergency outreach service for vulnerable children from the age group of 0 – 18 years in need of protection from exploitation and abuse. In the suburbs of Mumbai(from Kandivli to Bhyander) for many years and now at Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CCDT Railway Childline), CCDT conducts varied activities like outreach, rescue operations, follow-up of children, awareness programs and sensitization of allied system. CCDT’s Childline team has intervened in more than 800 cases related to child protection