Gehlot calls upon youngsters to play an effective role in generating awareness
JAIPUR: A “youth unity for village advancement” project was launched here on Tuesday for utilising the services of young men and women to create awareness on women and children's health issues in the rural areas. The programme will initially be operated in 10 blocks of five districts in Rajasthan.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, inaugurating the project at Ravindra Manch here, called upon the youngsters to play an effective role in promotion of health services and spread awareness among the target groups which often do not have information about the facilities available.
The State Government's Medical and Health and Women and Child Development Departments, Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Rural Health Mission and UNICEF will jointly run the project.
UNICEF Country Representative Karin Hulshof said the generation of awareness on quality maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services would make a significant difference in the delivery as well as impact of healthcare interventions in villages in the desert State.
The project will initially be implemented in Tonk, Baran, Barmer, Sawai Madhopur and Dungarpur districts. State Medical and Health Minister Aimaduddin Ahmed Khan released the programme's folders and posters carrying the messages for prevention of maternal and infant mortality.
Ms. Hulshof, who met senior functionaries of the departments with which UNICEF is working, later told reporters that the project would mobilise and empower the rural families and communities to join the mother and child survival and development movement.