I belong to the Dalit community and had to drop my education after primary level, partly due to lack of support from my parents, and partly because of ill health.
My parents are old and unable to work. Being grossly anaemic, I was completely dependent on my mother for daily routines like bathing and eating. I was unable to take any kind of employment as I couldn’t walk more than a few steps or hold something even for a while. My brother considered me to be a burden on the family and never took me to a doctor. Situations worsened when my father passed away and my mother had to borrow money from relatives as she wasn’t able to go for labour work because of my condition.
We left our brother’s home and returned to our home where colony members extended both moral and material support to us. RDT also came to our rescue and provided us with ration, nutritional support and pension to my mother.
A life changing moment occurred when RDT conducted a health workshop especially for adolescent girls. A blood test was conducted in which gross anaemia was diagnosed and I was immediately admitted to RDT hospital, Bathalapalli, where regular blood transfusions were undertaken and medicines were provided.
Continuous monitoring and motivation by the health organizer improved my haemoglobin reach a normal level of 12.9 g/dL. Now I help my mother with the household work and also earn a decent living. I am really thankful to RDT and our community families who supported us during our tough time and strongly believe that RDT should continue conducting more workshops where adolescent girls can share their health problems.
Ramadevi, Marthadu village, Mudigubba Mandal
“Continuous monitoring and motivation by the health organizer improved my haemoglobin reach a normal level of 12.9.”