Creating Community-Led Health Initiatives
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Sanjeevani Home-based Life Saving Skills:
Home-based Post-natal care was an 18-month intensive and creative initiative, with a 6-month intervention phase. Maternal mortality is not simply a medical problem; it also represents women’s social, economic, and cultural disadvantages in society. Maternal and new-born mortality reduction is a worldwide commitment, and the situation in Uttar Pradesh was particularly bleak. In this context, the project was initiated in Rasoolabad block of Kanpur Nagar.
The intervention was created to strengthen institutional infrastructure while also encouraging community action, as findings from the research phase revealed that counselling for birth preparation, post-partum neonatal monitoring, and timely identification and referrals of complications could prevent a large number of deaths.
This research led to the training of communities that take up the responsibility of health issues in their own areas. 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 policymakers for the inclusion of post-natal care in National Rural Health Mission.
An action research program was launched in 2002 by Shramik Bharti for the development of community health. Then Shramik Bharti came up with Village Health Communities which comprise a body of 10 to 12 persons specially trained and working for the social cause. VHCs work on the health issues of the community with the help of a Village Health Guide. So far, there are 56 VHCs that are operative and they are supported by a cadre of 122 VHGs. The families of expectant mothers are being trained to handle emergency situations followed by the mother and childcare. People are also made aware of reproductive health and trained to handle issues pertaining to it.
Of all the forms of injustice, inequality in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane. — Martin Luther King.
Getting the proper health facilities is vital for all human being. But rural poor in India do not have access to basic health care facilities. Awareness and diagnosis at an early stage of diseases can be lifesaving.
Thus, with the aim of providing initial health care to poor communities Shramik Bharti conducted 31 Health Check Up Camps in 21 villages of Uttar Pradesh and in 10 villages of Punjab. These Camps provided facilities of Eye Check Up, General Health Check-up of people mainly Women, children, and elderly people by team of Medical Experts.
For treatment of cases of cataract, we collaborated with J.L. Rohatgi Eye hospital, Kanpur and Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Eye Hospital, Lucknow. 16 cases of cataract were successfully got treated during year 2017-18.
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 more than 200 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.
Herein the details of community Grain Banks in Uttar Pradesh:
District Kanpur Dehat | Kanpur Nagar | Barabanki Bhadohi Chandauli Fatehpur
TOTAL No. of Community Grain Banks 52 17 20 26 20 18 153
Community Grain Banks: Ensuring Food Security of Rural Poor in Uttar Pradesh
No. Of community Grain Banks added
Total Grain Banks Serving
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