1st National Convention of ANMs
For the first time in India, a National Convention on ANM’s was organised from 10 to 12 July 2015 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi, India. The ANM’s convention is the outcome of extensive deliberations with groups of Auxiliary Nurse Midwives and Lady Health Supervisors. They assembled here to discuss their problems and issues as health service providers. The participants were from 25 states of India. The convention was organised by ANSWERS in partnership with Society for Midwives, India, Human Rights Law Network and National Alliances for Maternal Health and Human Rights.
From 9 am on 10 July 2015, registration process started, more than 1500 ANMs participated in the convention. Participants from civil society organisations, lawyers, health service providers and politicians participated in the convention
Facilitators were discussing their plan for the day. All the facilitators were provided red sachet so that participants could easily recognise them and take help
State level ANM leaders lighting candles to start up the auspicious occasion and singing the song “We shall overcome – hum honge kamyaab”
ANMs from different parts of the country singing together “We shall overcome”
Honourable Health Minister of Delhi Shri Satyendra Jain inaugurated the convention. In his inaugural speech he said that ANM are the first point person in Indian Health System. He appreciated the work of ANM as a health service provider.
Participants sharing their experiences and challenges as health service providers
Exchanging thoughts, phone numbers, addresses and sharing experiences with each other
Heavy rains could not stop them from participating group activities. A Group of nurse participating in some group work
Jotting down the key-points before presenting to the audience. State ANM leaders are discussing about the major issues and challenges
A total of fifteen hundred ANMs did not have only discussions and presentations. They also had fun time too. An ANM from West Bengal was ready for her dance performance. The cultural evening was held on the second day of convention.
A dedicated nurse from Arunachal Pradesh shared her disappointment on changing their uniform from white to pink by state government of Arunachal Pradesh.
A book on ANMs stories was released on second day of the convention. ANMs holding the book of their stories on the stage
Enjoying the day by the ANM. They dance and sing in the evening of day 2 of the ANM convention
Skill building session on day 2 of the convention
A session on delivery care by Society for Midwives, India
A nurse is demonstrating how to take care of a newborn in a technical session on newborn care.
Preparation for the cultural evening by the ANMs
On a legal aid session, the ANMs were told how to approach for legal support. A young lawyer from Human Rights Law Network was having conversation with ANMs from West Bengal. Many ANMs shared problems they faced and these were like abuses, sexual harassment, unnecessary suspension orders. Many a times they need legal support to deal with these problems. HRLN hosted a session for legal aid on the second day of convention.
Dr. Sunil Kaul from the ANT, Assam addressing the ANMs. He spoke about the role of ANMs in maternal health care and how ANM could help in reducing maternal and neo-natal death in our country. He also added that ANMs should dedicate themselves to provide basic health services to all section of the society without any bias and with sensitivity to their needs.
A session was held to map the career path of each ANM who gathered in the convention. All 1500 ANMs participated in the exercise. The career graph shows the year of joining to till now. More than 70 percent ANM’s career graphs show that they are in the same position from the day they have joined their job.
Career graph of ANM who joined as ANM in the year 1979
Looking for career graphs by two ANMs
Small group discussion of young ANMs on day 3 of the convention. In the small group discussion, ANMs from different states spoke about their career situation in their own state and what would be their aspiration as ANMs
Small group discussion on future career path on day 3. They discussed about the scope of their work as ANMs.
Reading the demand charter put by the ANMs
Dr. Prakasamma, Chairperson, ANM Convention, Y K Sandhya from NAMHHR and Sanjay Sarma from HRLN discussing about the charter of demand
State group ANM leaders thanking each other for making the convention successful
Thanks Giving Session