|Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), is the first person of contact for any health services in most of the rural areas. But in Badahindol village of Odisha, where only one health sub-center is accessible to 5 villages, the residents have been deprived of health facilities for the last 10 years. The maternal mortality rate of Odisha in 2012 was 235 which was higher than the National Average.
When Community correspondent Mamta decided to take up this issue in 2013, she saw that the sub-centre had all the facilities but was without an ANM to take care of it. After shooting the video, Mamta along with the members of the community wrote an application to Mr. Rabi Narayan Sahoo, the Officer-in-Charge and showed him the video. They demanded that a health worker be appointed to join the sub- center within 15 days.
With Mr. Sahoo’s cooperation, within 10 days of time, Ms. Ranjita Pradhan was appointed as ANM in the sub-center.
In the year 2021-2022, Video Volunteers reached a huge number of people. Each video, on average, documented a problem, a ground reality that affected nearly 35,000 people. And we reported more than 1500 stories last year. Impacts achieved by our community correspondent have benefited 3.2 million people, in total.
Our community correspondents operate as citizen journalists in their own community and bring the issues to the larger world through video reports. As a part of this process of transformation, we include government officials to play an important part.