Piramal Foundation in Collaboration with UNICEF and Bihar Inter-Faith Forum for Children hosted the event
Bihar, February 07, 2019: Piramal Swasthya, the healthcare initiative of Piramal Foundation, collaborated with UNICEF and Bihar Inter-Faith Forum for Children, to jointly host a two-day ‘Inter-Faith Leaders Conclave’, focused on the well-being of women and children in Bihar. The Conclave was inaugurated by Prof. Syed Shamimuddin Ahmad Munami, Khankah Munemia; Sardar Gyani Charanjit Singh, Sri Harmandir Sahib; Haji S N Sanaullah, I dare Sharia; Buddha Sharan Hans, Ambedkar Mission; Sister Nalli Karakatta, St. Anne Convent; Md Shahzad, Jamate Islami Hind; Asadur Rahman Chief, UNICEF Bihar; Rupesh Singh, General Manager – Operations, Piramal Foundation and Sunita Singh, Vikasarth Trust in the presence of over 70 religious leaders from 7 Aspirational Districts of Bihar – Araria, Begusarai, Katihar, Sheikhpura, Sitamarhi, Gaya and Banka.
Commenting on this occasion, Vishal Phanse, CEO, Piramal Swasthya said, “The percentage of Institutional Deliveries in Bihar is ~58.1%, the percentage of early initiation of breastfeeding is 38%, and full Immunization Coverage is ~65.58% in the 5 Aspirational Districts of Bihar. This Conclave is a collaborative effort to improve the overall health indicators of these Aspirational Districts, through Faith Leaders, who play an influential role in supporting and spreading positive health and nutrition messages amongst communities.”
Asadur Rahman, Bihar Chief, UNICEF, said “Bihar is home to 4.7 crore Children under 18, that is 46% of its population. Despite the concerted efforts of the state government in the field of nutrition and child marriage, 80% adolescents are still found to be anaemic and ~42% girls and ~40% boys are married before attaining the legal age of marriage. Faith Leaders attending this Conclave from these Aspirational Districts will enable influencing the communities on handling social issues related to women and children, like child marriage, immunization, breastfeeding, women empowerment and sanitation.”
As per a recent survey, a family loses its child to vaccine-preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea, every five minutes, while a mother dies due to birth-related complications every two hours, in Bihar. The Inter-Faith Leaders Conclave aimed to initiate a dialogue, share learnings and enable a partnership amongst religious leaders, in order to promote health-seeking behaviour and generate a demand for health and nutrition services amongst community members.
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