Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Satyamev Jayate - Season 3 | Episode 4 | We Recommend | Sickness looms




Gulam Sarvar belongs to a community of weavers in Benaras who are renowned for weaving Benarasi saris through generations. But nowadays, the community is receiving attention for another reason: TB.
“Initially I was not feeling hungry, then I started coughing and having fever,”says Sarvar. “Then I became really weak and was bed-ridden and could not work anymore.” Gulam was infected with TB.

This is not just the story of Gulam Sarvar. There are thousands of such weavers who are becoming a victim of this disease. Around 30% of the population is infected with TB. It is easy for the weavers to get infected because of the dingy spaces they work out of. There is not much light or fresh air in the rooms where the looms are and the conditions are perfect for the TB bacteria to come into full form. The dust, the smoke and the fibre also add to the hazardous mix which brings down their immunity – priming them for an attack.

Malnutrition is another reason why the weavers'immunity is low. What worsens the state of the patients is the lack of proper medical attention and facility. On one hand the government officials are
negligent and the other is the problem of patients going to quacks instead of trained health professionals. This is aggravated by the poverty of the weavers.
“We take the medication for as long as we can afford it,” says Badarunisha. But can we afford to leave these weavers to their fate?


Few link of PVCHR initiative on TB:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Humanitarian Appeal for Flood Victims of J&K

Dear all,

Please read follows appeal and support the survivors of Kashmir.

With regards,

Lenin Raghuvanshi




Respected Mr Lenin Raghuvanshi,

I on behalf of Islamic Relief & Research Trust (IRRT) request your goodself to help us with the relief process that we are undertaking in Kashmir for the flood victims.

Yours Thankfully

Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander
Srinagar, Kashmir

ISLAMIC RELIEF AND RESEARCH TRUST (IRRT), KASHMIR
Opposite L.D Hospital, Lal Mandi Road, Srinagar, Kashmir, 190001, India.
 
 
Humanitarian Appeal for Flood Victims of Jammu & Kashmir State
Islamic Relief and Research Trust (IRRT), Kashmir is an initiative for just and compassionate society and is a social/charitable enterprise for equitable and sustainable change. IRRT was established in the year 2000 under the law of the land. It is a non profit, non political, nongovernmental philanthropic organization based in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. It provides humanitarian assistance to poor, needy, destitute, orphans, widows, and in general to victims of conflict and natural calamities regardless of caste, creed, religion, region and gender.
IRRT is registered under law of the state and is also registered with Home Ministry of India under FCRA no. 152640002 and is also registered with Income Tax department under 12 A of I.T Act.  

Since last more than two decades the state of J&K is witnessing a devastating violent conflict that has brutalized the inhabitants of the State resulting in thousands of killings rendering numerous children as orphans and spouses as widows. To add insult to injury natural calamities and disasters time and again create havoc adding to the miseries of the unfortunate masses. The September, 2014 flood has affected more than 60% of the population of J&K state i.e. six million people, particularly of the Kashmir Valley. The devastating flood waters have left most of the people without shelter, medicine and food. At present we are passing through the rescue phase of the disaster management that is simultaneously complimented by relief phase. After these two phases we need to go for the rehabilitation phase that is the long drawn and permanent one. At present we are in dire need of the following items in terms of immediate relief for the victims.
Food Items
 
1. Rice
2. Flour (AATA)
3. Dry Milk (Nestle or Everyday)
4. Baby Milk (Lactogen or Cerelac)
5. Biscuits
6. Sugar
7. Spices
8. Tea
9. Cereals
10. Pulses
11. Cooking Oil
12. Chlorine tablets for drinking water
13. Mineral Water Bottles
14. Fresh Dates
 
Other Items
1. Towels
2. Sanitary pads for girls and women
3. Pampers for children
4. Toothpaste
5. Soaps
6. Mugs
7. Buckets
 
Medicine
1. Insulin (Human Mixtard)
2. Thyronorm (25 and 50 mcg)
3. Anti-Biotics
4. Medicine for Hypertension
 
Besides these we want 

Warm Clothing for Winters

Wollen Sweaters and Jackets

Peat and Kangris (Fire Pot)

Wollen Caps and Muflers

Pherans (Long traditional cloak)
Presently in coordination with other activists and volunteers the IRRT has established several base camps for the rescued flood victims wherein food and medical facilities are provided by utilizing our own resources. But our resources are meager and will run out soon due to the severity and magnitude of the relief operations.
 
So on Humanitarian grounds we appeal to all donor agencies/grant giving institutions and other generous individuals to come forward with possible relief in kind and financial assistance in cash for permanent rehabilitation of more than six million people.
 
We are maintaining our Bank accounts with J&K Bank Ltd. With its branch office at Chadoora India.
 
FCRA Bank Account No. is 0008040100023713
 
Our Local Account No. is 0008040100051713
 
IFSC code : JAKA0Chadur
 
Waiting for your immediate positive response.
 
Yours Sincerely
A.R. Hanjura
Founder, IRRT

Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi
Director, IRRT
 
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander
Media Secretary, IRRT

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Satymev Jayate,TB,weaver and Shruti

#Weaver issue linked with #TB and #hunger highlighted by #PVCHR and interview of #Shruti Nagvanshi telecasted in #Satyamev Jayate:
http://www.satyamevjayate.in/tb-the-ticking-time-bomb/episode-4article.aspx?uid=s3e4-ar-v3


Few link of PVCHR initiative on TB:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/weavers-villages-india-suffer-tb-epidemic
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/Weavers-remain-economically-weak-Survey/articleshow/20039346.cms

http://www.pvchr.net/2013/06/tuberculosis-and-poverty-are-two-sides.html

http://www.pvchr.net/2014/02/weavers-villages-in-india-suffer-tb.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/04/business/worldbusiness/04iht-sari.1.6482277.html?_r=0

http://www.foodjustice.net/ahrc-archive/upi-columns-and-articles-in-ahrc-publications/the-spread-of-tuberculosis-amongst-varanasi2019s-out-of-work-weavers

http://www.merinews.com/article/banarasi-sari-weavers-face-poverty-hunger/15884815.shtml

http://socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/sarika_gulati/india/back_alleys_of_global_economies-­varanasi_weavers

http://www.academia.edu/8636774/Suicide_and_malnutrition_among_weaver

http://lenin-shruti.blogspot.in/2009/03/statement-of-pvchr-and-ahrc-on.html

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-052-2008

http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2014/04/08/dyinglivesofvaranasiweavers/

Thursday, October 23, 2014