KWPCL seek to address the issues of preventive health care and health education by integrating as one of the agenda of Village Development Committee (VDC). The members of committee interface with the Aganwadi worker, Mitanin and ANM to get their quality services. The service providers also play critical role in functioning of Mahtari Panchayat, Women’s Group and Adolescent Girl’s Group. There are interactions with the women, adolescent girls for their health and hygiene under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Program.
Mother & Child Health
A study was undertaken on the health status of the women and children and services provided by the ICDS in the peripheral villages. Based on the study findings, a project formulated with an aim to reduce malnutrition, help in enhancing institutional delivery, better service delivery of Anganwadi centres in 50 villages covering 78 Anganwadi centres in Pussore block of Raigarh to be implemented in active coordination with district women & child development department.
The project focuses on:
- Demand creation by health education, awareness in the target participants and community
- Strengthen quality service delivery by capacity building of service providers and coordination and
- Strengthen village level institutions to sustain and fill the gap of service and demand.
Godbharai ceremony was not celebrated since last 20 years in a tribal village Bonda. The village volunteer ‘Gram Mitra’ actively motivated expectant mothers and Anganwadi worker to celebrate Godbharai ceremoney at the Anagnwadi center. Chandrika Sidar motivated by realizing the fact and ignoring the myth related to this event and agreed to celebrate her pre delivery event for the awareness of her family and community to come out of this vicious cycle.
Members of Mahtari Panchayat, VDC, Mitanin and other villagers actively participated in the ceremony and promised to celebrate it in future for other expectant mothers. “Earlier villagers were reluctant, now by organizing such activity in the village, helped me to educate women and the villagers on mother and child health care and services to take during the period”, said Aganwadi worker of Bonda village.
We follow Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) model for awareness generation among the communities on different identified issues affecting their socio-economic and health status. For this regular meeting with the people, inter-personal communication (IPC), focus group discussions, use of information, communication and education (IEC) materials, film show, awareness camps, rallies etc. are conducted. We celebrate important days and week like World Breastfeeding Week, National Nutrition Week, and World Environment Day, HIV/AIDS Day etc. in villages.
The health camps are organised in the villages time to time at regular intervals where gynaecologist, paediatric and general physician are available in the camp, and follow ups are done so that community are aware of with their health issues and get their health check up to the nearest health centres.
KWPCL plans to integrate differently abled persons, particularly those with mobility issues, into the mainstream by providing special equipment like tricycles and wheel chairs.
Twenty-seven year-old Bansi from Supa village tells how the tricycle given by KWPCL changed his life: “I lost one leg when I was very young. My wife and two children are dependent on my father for our livelihood. I feel the tricycle will help me to get some work and I will no longer be a burden on my family. I am grateful to the company for this thoughtful gesture, which will help me become financially independent.”
Another recipient is school-going girl Bharti. She is a student of the Government Middle School. Her father is happy that Bharti can now go to school on her own and continue her higher education.
Open defection is prominent in the area. The lack of adequate sanitation has significant health impacts. Depleting ground water table and deteriorating ground water quality are threatening sustainability of the water supply. We seek to focus community awareness on sanitation and hygiene and motivate to practice proper sanitation and importance of safe drinking water and facilitate implementation of Nirmal Gram Yojana in coordination with the Public Health & Engineering Department (PHED). Complimenting to the objective, 30 household toilets have been constructed in project villages to reduce open defecation. Awareness programs through “Kala Jathha” are organized in villages to create sentience towards proper sanitation habits and adopt better health practices.