Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, “There cannot be a child without a mother and a mother without a child. The birth of a child commemorates the birth of a mother as well. A mother and child are interdependent for their own health and well-being. Only when the mother is healthy, can her child enjoy good health and only when the child is healthy, can the mother remain healthy and happy.”
A large section of women and children in the lowest economic bracket in most developing countries have little or no access to quality healthcare. Fortunately, most of the diseases in mothers and children are largely preventable. It was during the Asia Pacific Youth Meet at Malaysia earlier this year, that Bhagawan launched the Asia Pacific medical outreach camp.
On the morning of September 01, 2017, a number of doctors, volunteers, paramedics, officials of the District Health Office – Chikkaballapur, students and devotees had assembled at Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham to witness the embarking of a new chapter in the medical history of India and the world at large. Bhagawan arrived at around 10.30 a.m. and was welcomed with the traditional Poorna Kumbam and Vedic hymns. Bhajans by students were also in progress.
Once the dignitaries were seated on the dais, the Divine Mother and Child Health Programme was officially launched by Bhagawan, with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The proceedings began with Vedic invocation by students of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Pre-University College. Thereafter, a brief outline of the initiative was explained.
The Divine Mother and Child Health Programme is unique from its concept to execution as it aims to cover the entire spectrum of healthcare i.e prevention, education, promotion, curation and recuperation. The focus is to reach out and cater to rural women and children – the most underprivileged and neglected sections of the society without access to quality healthcare. The screening procedures have been standardized in accordance to the World Health Organisation and the UNICEF guidelines.
A remarkable aspect of this programme was that it would be simultaneously launched in nine countries across the globe – India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Fiji and Nigeria. In India, the centres include Sathya Sai Grama – Chikkaballapur, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital – Naya Raipur, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heart Care and Research – Palwal, Sai Amrutham – Kolkata. With the support of alumni of the Sathya Sai educational institutions, screening camps for students would also be conducted in the various campuses of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva group of institutions. Subsequently, more centres will be added until every mother and child in every state in every country is covered under this programme.
On Bhagawan’s command, Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust addressed the gathering. In his inspiring talk, he highlighted the need and necessity of diagnosis, intervention and prevention which are key solutions in a scenario where there is an alarming disparity between available resources and those in need of it. He also pointed out propitious and promising results of collaborative work and envisioned to cover the various Taluks of Chikkaballapur district under this programme.
Following the talk, the logo of the Divine Mother and Child Health Programme was unveiled with the motto – ‘Healthy Motherhood Healthy Childhood.’
A short video was then screened showcasing the genesis and philosophy of the programme, which is only the beginning of a global, grander and mightier healthcare revolution by Bhagawan. The Divine Mother and Child Health Programme website was also launched by Bhagawan along with a comprehensive screening proforma that will enable to capture all relevant data.
Thereafter, Sri Babu Reddy – Surveillance officer, District Health Office, Chikkaballapur gave a brief talk expressing his willingness to participate and extend all possible support in this holy endeavour.
Bhagawan then delivered His Divine message. Thereafter, Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan followed by Prasadam distribution.