MADURAI: In an attempt to cater to social and medical needs of women, the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has launched a campaign, ‘FOGSI Astra Bharat Jagruti Yatra 2008,’ covering the entire country. Divided into four groups of 15 to 18 members each, FOGSI members travel in four different routes with three groups, starting from Kanyakumari, and another group covering the North Eastern States.

During their 20,000-km-long trip, the members, organise a stage performance with a documentary film show. The team also organises a health camp. The camp focuses on education of adolescent girls, eradication of anaemia, regulation of population and fertility, promotion of contraception and safe abortion, safe delivery and cancer detection.

To commemorate the occasion, a sapling, named after FOGSI, would be planted at each stop, said Revathy Janakiram, president, Madurai District Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (MOGS). All the teams would converge at Delhi on October 1, where they would meet President Pratibha Patil and present a tour summary, she added.

The group arrived here on Tuesday and conducted a health camp. Speakers at the camp, emphasised the need to educate women. They also pointed to anaemia as the most common problem of women.S.S. Jawahar, Collector, S.M. Sivakumar, Dean (in charge), Government Rajaji Hospital, and Narendra C. Malhotra, president, FOGSI, took part. To mark the event, a rally was also organised. “The next destination of the team is Erode from where it has planned to visit Salem and Bangalore,” said Dr. Revathy.