55-year old Hira Devi, an ANM works in Jhanjheli Block in Mandi District of the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India. She travels upto 18 Kms each time she goes to assist an expecting mother for a safe delivery at home. Her zest to serve is what helps to break the barriers of age as she traverses the challenging terrains to reach the scattered households in the hills. But despite her unfailing efforts, mothers have lost lives due to excessive bleeding after delivery – a factor which was beyond her control.

The situation changed when the Government of Himachal Pradesh initiated the program ‘Community Based Advance Distribution of Misoprostol tablets to prevent Postpartum Haemorrhage’, and her block Jhanjheli of Mandi District was selected for the intervention ‘Suraksha: Protecting Mothers’. Hira Devi along with her 123 co-workers were trained by VRIDDHI to reach out to expecting mothers in the far flung hilly areas of Jhanjheli to distribute the lifesaving Misoprostol and counsel mothers. They also received a flipbook in their local language to help them explain ways to have a safe delivery and the use of Misoprostol tablets.

“I feel proud to be part of Suraksha because I feel that it helps me to save lives of mothers. This project does a great service by protecting mothers from dying. I think we are blessed that this project came to our block!