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Health
  • 1. Under SABLA scheme (Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls - RGSEAG), we are conducting programmes on issues like Life Skill Education, Vocational Training and awareness on ‘Right to Information’ for adolescent girls (11-18 years) in nine blocks in Nadia district, West Bengal in partnership with Department of Women Development & Social Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal since 2011. Around 45,000 adolescent girls have been reached providing weekly Iron & Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation, biannual anti-helmenthic tablets (Albendazole). They have been made aware about their basic rights to health and public services. Nine project coordinators are monitoring the programme through supervisory visits in Anganwardi Centres in nine blocks. They provide health and nutrition talks among the adolescents. Peer Educators of the Adolescents (Sakhi& Saheli) are passing out messages to the adolescents group meetings. Peer Educators are also tracking adolescent’s consumption of IFA and Albendazole tablets.
  • 2. We are implementing one urban health programme, ‘Better Health for the Urban Poor’, in Kasia Bangan, Kolkata in a slum area with support of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund of RPSG Group, CESC Ltd since 2015. The programme covers around 3000 population. The programme have key components like providing primary healthcare and treatment through a clinic, community healthcare through health education and counseling of pregnant mothers & lactating mothers including immunization coverage of their children, regular health check up of people on quarterly basis and its follow up, IFA supplementation of adolescent girls, promotion of menstrual hygiene & social marketing of sanitary napkins, prevention of malaria & dengue in the community which are a major public health concern of the community.
  • 3. We are conducting a training programme among unemployed women of urban Kolkata and its suburban area called, ‘Training on Domestic Nursing and Physiotherapy’ strong> among 17 women in the first batch; being supported by VAROSHA, Chicago. The training has two components – theory classes for three months at office of the HVR and hands on training in nursing homes & hospitals. HVR has developed a comprehensive training module for this course. The course has been launched on September, 2015 and out of 17 participants, already seven candidates have been employed in different health facilities before completion of the course. We have a plan to replicate the model in three more districts in West Bengal.
  • 4. We implemented ‘Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH)’ for adolescent boys and girls of 10-19 years in Barasat Municipality, North 24 Parganas in partnerships with Department of Health and Department of Municipal Affairs during 2012 to 2014. Around 13500 adolescents have been trained and sensitized on ARSH issues and on prevention of anaemia. Around 1000 adolescents have been provided Iron & Folic Acid tablets and Albendazole tablets for deworming. Among them more than 100 adolescents have been referred to District Hospital in Barast, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.
  • 5. We implemented ‘HIV Prevention Programme among Commercial Sex Workers’ with support from West Bengal State AIDS Prevetnion & Control Society (WBSAP&CS), Gov of West Bengal among 300 Flying Sex Workers during 2009 –2015 in Salt Lake, Lake Town & Kestopur areas in West Bengal.
  • 6. We implemented ‘Adolescent and Reproductive Health Programme’ among 1,14000 adolescent & young people (11-24 years) from 5,00,000 lakh population from 38 Gram Panchayats in 19 districts through 19 NGO network SRIJAN, funded by Jamsetji Tata Trust, allied trust of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust during 2009-12. The key objective was to improve overall adolescent health of the intervention area and develop a role model of adolescent health intervention in the state. We could come up with ARSH training manual, communication package, Baseline survey report of 19 districts, setting up 95 Youth Information centres, 3514 peer Educators. We could mainstream the issue into P&RD dept into their last Saturday meeting discussion in 5 districts.
  • 7. We published an indexed journal ‘Health Vision, ISSN 2231-0819’ on pubic health and social sciences issues funded by the Commonwelath Foundation, UK in 2012.
  • 8. Under Adolescence Education Pprogramme, we have conducted ‘Advocacy for Life Skill Education’ in 15 blocks from Murshidabad, Malda and Purulia districts in West Bengal in partnerships with West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal State AIDS Prevention & Control Society in 2009-10. We could reach almost 5000 adolescents and 10000 people in this matter. This has made the community enabling for the life skill education.
  • 9. We conducted ‘Safe drinking water and prevention of arsenic contamination’ Project among around 16,000 children & adolescents in Chapra block, Nadia District, West Bengal, grant support from MCC India since March 2011. Achievements: Five Youth Clubs, Resource Materials – training package, IEC package, Baseline Report, Block level/district level stakeholders involved, around 30 Peer Volunteers engaged.
  • 10. We implemented ‘HIV prevention programme among out of school adolescent and young people (15-24 years)’ in the district of Purulia in West Bengal as a partner of UNICEF in partnership with Purulia Zila Parishad to intervene among 30,000 young people in 2007-08.
  • 11. We observed state wide ‘World AIDS Day Week (1-5 December 2008) among Out of School Young People’ in district towns & rural areas in 19 districts of West Bengal as a partner of WBSA&CS. We could reach around 100,000 adolescents.
  • 12. We implemented programme on ‘Violence against women and RCH/HIV/AIDS’ issues in Sonarpur Rajpur Municipality 24 Parganas (S) as a partner of KUSP/ICF, to create a model of women (15-49 years) empowerment based intervention through SHGs 2008-2009. Achievements: Still 24 women are engaged in the project and the issue of their own.
  • 13. We implemented a project with Panchayati Raj Instituions in the district of Purulia, West Bengal as a partner of PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) for ‘Energizing Health System Performance in Raghunathpur1, Purulia’ in 2009, funded by PRIA/DFID, UK. The key objective is to develop a community based (PRI) health system performance model for the district of Purulia & the state.
  • 14. We implemented ‘STI clinics under PPP schem’ as partner with WBSAP&CS in three districts of 24 Parganas(S), Kolkata and Purulia in WB
  • 15. We developed a series of ‘IEC communication packages on trafficking, migration and HIV/AIDS’ as a partner of UNDP (Posters on risks of HIV transmission, flash movie on outmigration, audiovisual drama on immigration, AV dance on trafficking, quiz book, flip book on traffick survivor) in Bengali, Hindi & English during 2006-07
Livelihood
  • 1. We are implementing a livelihood support programme, ‘Ashar Alo’, through trainings, marketing and developing entrepreneurs in the local areas on Jagatpur and Laketown areas in Kolkata. Participants are producing petty coat, blowse, jorry & embroidery products, soft toys, block print. Beneficiaries are 100 commercial sex workers. The work is supported by VAROSHA, Chicago, USA since 2011.
  • 2. We are implementing, ‘Sonar Alo’, another livelihood trainings & support programme on Jorry, Embroidery, Chowmein production for 50 urban poor women in Sonarpur municipality. It is supported by VAROSA, Chicago, USA since 2011.
  • 3. We are implementing, ‘Aranyer Alo’ for promoting livelihood of around 20 two fisher man in two groups in Sunderbans Delta region, Khulna areas through promotion of fisheries and related products since 2013. Demonstration pond and ten backyard ponds are used to promote livelihood opportunities of the target families.
  • 4. We promoted ‘Entrepreneurship through Livelihood Promotion’ of 50 Tribal women in Purulia, West Bengal through a canteen and catering services in partnership with KUSP/ICF, Municipal Affairs, Govt of West Bengal, funded by DFID 2008-09. The key objective is to promote better livelihood for the urban poor women. After November 2009, 15 women are managing the canteen in collaboration with Community Development Society. Around ten urban poor women are earning around Rs 800-1200/month from the canteen in Purulia. The canteen is managed within the municipality premises without rent. The women group has negotiated the benefit from the municipality.