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Creating Community-LED Health Initiative

Community Health 

Sanjeevani Home-based Life Saving Skills –

Home-based Post-natal care was an intense and innovative project of 18 months of which 6 months was the intervention period. Maternal mortality is not only a medical issue but it also reflects the social, economic and cultural disadvantage that women face in a society. Reducing maternal and infant mortality is a global commitment and conditions in Uttar Pradesh was particularly apathetic and in this context, the project was initiated in Rasoolabad block of Kanpur Nagar. The intervention was designed with to reinforce the institutional infrastructure as well as promoting community action as the insight drawn during research phase indicated that a large number of deaths could be prevented with counseling for birth preparedness, post-partum monitoring of neonates and timely identifications of complications and referrals. The implementation involved training of 250 ASHA Workers, 200 Anganwadi workers, 200 village health committee workers, and 150 local transport owners. The project was designed to disseminate the findings and advocate policy-makers for the inclusion of post-natal care in National Rural Health Mission.

Eye Care for underprivileged –

A Vision Centre ‘Jyoti Kendra’ has been established in Rasoolabad Block & is currently being run by Shakti Mahila Samiti which is a self-sustained Federation promoted by Shramik Bharti. The Centre provides para-medical services for providing spectacles and eye-care medicines. It has been instrumental in increasing awareness about various government schemes for disabled people and helped them to avail the benefits of those schemes with the active involvement & support of Self Help Groups. As of 2017, Shramik Bharti has aided 3648 persons regain their vision after free cataract operations.

Grain Bank Program –

Despite the enormous growth in food production and its availability in the country, seasonal food insecurity is still a challenge for some families in our villages. By placing food security into the purview of the community, we envisioned a unique Grain Bank Program has been proven to advantageous in cushioning the untoward situations, such as natural calamity or loss of employment, that may otherwise lead to starvation, disease, and poverty.
What started as a small initiative that started with two Grain Banks in the year 2011- 12 with the support of HelpAge, has now reached up to 165 Grain Banks of wheat and rice, providing a great sense of food & nutritional security in their communities. These Grain Banks are fully community managed and self-sustainable.

Shramik Bharti with the support of Green Ways and Shramik Bharti Foundation has established 12 Pulse Banks to promote nutritional diversity.

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