Nutrition Interventions

The Community Health Facilitators (CHFs) undertake and promote soak pits to keep a clean environment. They create kitchen gardens to promote intake of fresh, homegrown vegetables for improved nutrition. Workshops, group sessions, exhibitions, cooking competitions and demonstrations are conducted to educate people about nutrition. The benefits of children feeding on locally grown veggies is also propagated by the CHFs.

Water and Sanitation Projects

A very measly percentage of the population, especially in the villages, have access to toilets, which paints a grim picture about the sanitary awareness and infrastructure in the country. The WHO study reveals that such unhealthy conditions contribute immensely to the occurrence of 80% of diarrheal diseases through contaminated water from open defecation.

We realized the grave situation, and took up the project of constructing community toilets and soak pits. Our CHFs are employed into spreading awareness on essential hygiene in schools and communities, along with monetary incentives for each toilet erected. The CHFs are trained in mobilizing community participation, facilitating linkage between communities and the government schemes and monitoring utilization of toilets.

Case study – Toilet construction initiative

We facilitated and constructed 8300 household level toilets in Bihar, Odisha and Telangana in partnership with Public Health Engineering Department, National Rural Health Mission, FINISH and Cashpor.

We have also initiated pilots in setting up biogas units and smokeless cook stoves in Bihar and Orissa.

Sanitary Napkins

In the village surveys conducted by our trainee CHFs in respective areas, it came out notably that menstrual hygiene and sanitation were a major concern leading to vaginal and reproductive tract infections. We recognized the need and demand for sanitary napkins. We created a plan that worked well in multiple directions namely, creating access to the product, and creating livelihood opportunity for the CHFs.