Devi: Inspiring Hope and Empowerment as Asha’s CHV in the Kanak Durga Slum Community

In the vibrant tapestry of the Kanak Durga slum community, one name echoes with reverence and admiration – Devi, Asha's dedicated Community Health Volunteer (CHV). At sixty, she is a testament to the power of determination and compassion. Hailing from Shahganj, Uttar Pradesh, Devi migrated to Delhi for a livelihood four decades ago with her husband after marriage. Fate intertwined her path with that of Asha, the harbinger of change. She joined Asha after attending a 3-month intensive training for CHVs under the guidance of Dr Kiran.

Devi learned invaluable medical skills, ranging from prenatal care to caring for newborns. Devi also recognized the peril faced by expectant mothers who shunned hospitals for delivery, relying instead on untrained midwives. She became an unwavering advocate for proper medical care, coaxing hesitant women to prioritize hospital visits and safeguarding lives. When the dark clouds of the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, Devi fearlessly traversed her community, disseminating awareness, distributing essential medicines, and ensuring that vulnerable families had access to sustenance. Her unyielding support for vaccination proved instrumental in safeguarding the health of her community.

Devi's journey is a testament to the transformative power of empowerment and community spirit. She has gained knowledge and found her voice and purpose. We appreciate her unwavering commitment and for inspiring the slum residents to rise above their circumstances and embrace the power of change.

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