Sports Day Celebration at CCDT...!!

With the objective of bringing smiles to the children, we had planned our Sports day on Sunday 18th October 2015 at St. Stanislaus School, Bandra.  Our beneficiaries - the Children from the Communities, Volunteers who have helped us in conducting various activities with their talent and our Staff who supported us in this journey of 25 years took part in this mega event.  With a gathering of 500 people, the inauguration began with a Sportsman prayer, followed by an Oath and then the March past by our staff and community children. 

The teams of children, community members and staff were divided into Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green, Red, Blue, Purple and Grey team and members from each team took part in 100 meter, 200 meter race, relay race and telly games and many such fun filled activities including dance performances. 

All the members attending this event had a rollicking time and enjoyed meeting, interacting and bonding with other team members and communities.  It was indeed a memorable day for all of us to remember.  Three Cheers to CCDT!!!

 Lighting of the tourch

 Lighting of the tourch

Flagging off the event

Flagging off the event

Running race by children

Running race by children

Dance performance by our children

Dance performance by our children

Winning team on the stage

Winning team on the stage

Moment of Joy

Moment of Joy


mMitra, a Mobile friend for pregnant women and lactating mothers

This article appeared in Times of India and Navbharat Times on 7th August 2015, which talks about ‘mMitra’ programme.

Anita Patil, a resident of Valiv area of Vasai, got enrolled in CCDT’s mMitra programme which is supported by Armman.  During this period she was six months pregnant and this was her third pregnancy.  Post registering in the programme, she started getting regular, timed and targeted information on her mobile phone through automated voice calls. These voice calls provide information on preventive care, simple interventions in case of emergencies and advantages of institutional delivery.

Anita said, “This time I insisted to my family that I will not deliver at home and put my child’s life at risk.”She had a safe institutional delivery and her child is now four months old and she is enrolled for PNC mMitra voice call services with the CCDT’s mMitra team. She awaits to listen to the voice calls, which she is receiving every week, to be informed on how best she can care for her new born child.

 Due to CCDT’s initiative and awareness campaigns on importance of pregnant women registering early in the Hospital, the number of women approaching Valiv health Post OPD for pregnant women had to be increased from one to three days in a week. Now more and more pregnant women have started coming to the Health Post for their regular health check-ups. 

What's plaguing RTE admissions?

Yesterday, we shared with you a report of the overwhelming number of online RTE applications found invalid.Seems like the RTE admission woes are far from over as parents and candidates struggle to get their rights realized. To read about the latest news on RTE, click here.

Is Mumbai doing well with regard to infant mortality rates?

A TOI story suggests so, citing BMC data that there has been an 11 per cent reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the city. At present, Mumbai has an IMR of 26 whereas the national average stands at 44. Rise in the number of institutional deliveries with policies like Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is being touted as one of the reasons. Read the full story, here.

Despite this, are there pockets in Mumbai where malnutrition and lack of access to health services  continue to be the reason for infant mortality?Share your opinion.

Maharashtra presents a bleak picture with regard to the RTE Act

The latest District Information System of Education (DISE: 2013-14) survey conducted by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has revealed that only 22 per cent of schools in Maharashtra adhere to the ten RTE norms. Only 8.2% private aided and 12.6% private unaided schools meet the basic norms. What do you think can be done to change this scenario? Read the report here, and share your opinion.

Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in Mumbai stands at a dismal 158

Mumbai fares poorly in MMR with '222 maternal deaths recorded during 2010-2011, 259 in 2011-2012, 278 in 2012-2013 and 260 deaths recorded in the first 11 months of the financial year (April 2013 till February 2014)'. Lack of adequate transport is being cited as one of the major reasons making institutional and safe delivery practices inaccessible. CCDT conducted a Situation Analysis Study on the tribal inhabitants of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and found lack of transport to be a major cause for unsafe deliveries taking place at home.To know more about the falling MMR in Mumbai, click here.

According to an article in the Indian Express, there has been a decline of 82.6 per cent in the number of women beneficiaries under the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY). Under the JSY scheme,  a woman below-poverty line (BPL) is entitled to a sum of Rs 600 for healthcare post-delivery. Yet, more and more women are finding it difficult to access this amount due to the absence of bank accounts and Aadhaar Cards.Read the full news, here. In 2011, the Times of India  carried an article on the alleged irregularities in the implementation of JSY, revealing that the compensation meant for women are usually appropriated by intermediaries like ANMs and ASHA workers. Click here to read the article.

Another case of cure

Following closely on the heels of the 'Mississippi' case, another instance of cure of an HIV infected child has been reported, this time from Long Beach California. Although wary of any hasty conclusions, this definitely raises hope for infected newborns. Read the story here

Hear from our child leaders

'Hum Se Ho Duniya'- where child leaders from CCDT's intervention areas will share their electoral journey and the community issues which they plan to take up - will be held on Sunday, 23 February 2014 between 2.00-4.00 p.m at Samaj Kalyan Hall, Dahisar (East).

We hope to see at the event!

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HIV Bill tabled in Rajya Sabha

The wait seems to be over. With the HIV/AIDS Bill being finally tabled in the Rajya Sabha today, there is a new-found hope and relief for 2.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS in India and millions more who are affected by it.  

The National Coalition for HIV/AIDS with Lawyers Collective, CCDT, and more than ninety like-minded organizations have been part of the crusade to get the HIV/AIDS Bill tabled in the Parliament. Drafted in 2005, the HIV/AIDS Bill makes stigma and discrimination against HIV/AIDS infected and affected a punishable offence. It contains several affirmative measures for individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and covers both government and private sectors. The Bill has been pending since 2006.

CCDT, which played a crucial role right from the drafting of the Bill to campaigning for its tabling, sees this as an important landmark. Ms. Poonam Patkar D’Souza, who has represented CCDT in the core team of The National Coalition, remarks, “It is a breakthrough for us. Time and again, we have taken out rallies, sent fax campaigns to prevent further delay. However, the battle has only just begun. The Bill is yet to be made into an Act. Nevertheless, it is an important win for all of us.”

Rally demanding the tabling of the HIV Bill in Mumbai in July 2013

Rally demanding the tabling of the HIV Bill in Mumbai in July 2013

Brainstorm: BMC's health budget for 2014-15

What does BMC's health budget have in store for the year 2014-15?

78 per cent of BMC Health Department's capital budget remained unspent in 2013-14. Read More

Given this scenario, does the new budgetary allocations seem ambitious? Give us your views.

Read more about the 2014-15 health budgetary allocations here

Money Matters

'The BMC spends around 65-68% of the total fund on establishment costs and the remaining amount, a paltry 35%, is supposed to be utilized on infrastructure development; but the civic body usually fails to use even half of that amount for public projects.' Read the full story, HERE

Right to Education

'Out of the 12, 818 seats available in Mumbai under the quota, only 3,308 seats have been filled, leaving 9,510 seats vacant.' Read the full news HERE