World Vision India is launching its first ever media fellowship programs starting August 2012 on various topics/issues/areas that relate to children in India.
As an organisation working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty and injustice, world Vision India aims to bring to the forefront issues that are affecting children in this country and encourage the media to write about them. We believe in working in partnership with community and other stakeholders especially media to work as agent of change.
With a focused aim to initiate mature/informed debate on various development policy discourses and influence different stakeholders through the usage of various media tools,these fellowships will target to strengthen public opinion and influence on bringing desired change for the well-being of children in India.
The fellowship is on the much-burning issue and urgent need of maternal and child health. Under the campaign – Child Health Now – World Vision India calls for applications from various media persons. The applicants are requested to submit the following along with the application to firstname.lastname@example.org -
Objective of the fellowship
To identify, document and share issues in access to health services through the medium of press in the first three weeks of November 2012. These issues can be on one or all of the following:
1. Service delivery gaps especially in context of Health and Nutrition programs and schemes
2. Hindrances faced by the community in accessing health services
3. The nature and types of exclusion and discrimination faced by the community in regard to attaining their rights and entitlements
70 percent of all infant deaths in India are concentrated in eight states: Bihar, UP, MadhyaPradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. This fellowship should cover all or one of the following target areas/states –
Terms of the fellowship
1. The Fellow will be paid a stipend of Rs. 30,000/- per month by cheque.
2. The Fellow is expected to complete the project in a continuous period of 2 months.
3. Case stories could be collected in World Vision India-supported project areas especially where Child Health Now campaign is running.
4. It is expected that the media fellows ascribe to World Vision India’s core values and policies on Child Protection.
5. It will be a support grant and the fellow is free to continue their primary occupation.
6. The authorship of the final report - content, information, insights gathered, photographs,will be with World Vision India, while an appropriate acknowledgement to the fellow will be ensured.
7. One staff from World Vision India will accompany the fellow on trips, especially to World Vision India target areas.
8. The media fellow may publish in part or full any content / use the photographs after seeking a prior written approval from World Vision India. On the other hand he/she will need to ensure an appropriate acknowledgement to World Vision India in that publication or display.
Brief note on Maternal and Child health
Nearly 2.1 million children under the age of five die each yearin India. India has the largest population of under-5 children (127 million), and the greatest number of under-5 deaths (2.1 million) in 2006. Malnutrition is an underlying cause in one third of all child deaths. In India, 46% of children are undernourished. India’s maternal mortality rate is 301 per 100000 live births. According to Human Rights Watch’s latest Report, India has a maternal mortality rate 16 times higher than Russia, and 10 times higher than China. But 75% of maternal death is preventable.
Of the 9.7million under-five (U5) deaths globally, 2.1 million are in India alone. 72 per 1000 live births. 52 percent of under-five deaths continue to occur in the first month of life. (approx 1million – 1092000). The challenge is to provide these areas with access to low-cost public health interventions such as universal immunization services and timely treatment. These States are also the ones that have acute crises of human and financial resources. Extreme inequalities and disparities persist both in terms of access to health care as well as health outcomes. This large disparity across India places the burden on the poor, especially women, scheduled castes, and tribes. Inequity is also reflected in the availability of public resources between the advanced and less developed States.
Please send in your applications to email@example.com
Last Date to apply is 25th July, 2012