Reproductive and Child Health
An intrinsic component towards the goal of empowering women is addressing the concerns regarding their health and that of their families and communities. To this end, the KMVS’ health programme prioritises maternal, adolescent and child health, and generates awareness about basic health parameters and government healthcare services in Mundra, Abdasa, Pachchham regions of l3huj and Nakhatrana —the blocks delineated for the poorest health in the district.
Two programmes of the health cell are in accord with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality (goal 4) and improve maternal health (Goal 5). To fulfill its mission, the health cell has sought to build a cadre of 90 Dais or Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to ensure institutional child delivery and help communities internalize the significance of maternal health. In addition. KMVS tried to enhance the skills of these TBAs, and inculcate a sense of ownership towards their charge.
Ensuring the benefits of the National Rural Health Mission to all :
The CHANGE programme is collaboration with the Centre for Health Education. Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA). an Ahmedabad-based non-government organisation (NGO). This programme has built the capacities of 70 healthcare providers like Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and ANM through 28 FUDs and 17 interviews taking along members of 55 Village Health & Sanitation Committees cVHSCs), and other stakeholders like PHC and CHC members and cadres of nurses in Abdasa block —the largest block in Kutch with widespread cases of anaemia, reproductive health problems among women, and inadequate healthcare facilities. The project is being implemented in 166 villages ofAbdasa.
The programme is in its fourth year, anti attempted to provide access to public health services and sensitise communities through regular meetings. 3,230 people have been engaged via this programme.
In 2011-2012, a week-long NRHM promotional exercise covered 95 villages in the block and distributed 500 posters. Along with this, informative booklets were also distributed.