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A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL

A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL PROMOTED BY EMPOWERED TRIBAL WOMEN’S COLLECTIVES AROUND SAFE DRINKING WATER

A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL PROMOTED BY EMPOWERED TRIBAL WOMEN’S COLLECTIVES AROUND SAFE DRINKING WATER

Access to Safe Drinking Water (ASDW), a public health challenge as stated in National health policy and sustainable Development Goal, has been implemented in 10 selected villages of Tesimla and Kumlai GP of Malbajar. All three components of  Project; providing safe drinking water to vulnerable community, livelihood support through goatery, poultry and  mushroom cultivation and   providing health education through strengthening and involving community were implemented  from April 2019 to December 2019.

Goal:  Empowered SHGs with improved health and livelihood status in poor tribal villages through SHG platform

Objective:

1.  Ensure easy access to safe drinking water of targeted tribal families residing in inaccessible Gram Panchayat areas of Mal Block

2.  Enhance economic status of targeted families through promotion of sustainable market-;linked livelihood intervention

3.  Ensure better health through health education and linking with the existing health system

Activities:

1. Mobilizing community to form SHG/Women’s Self Help Groups (SHG)

2. Identify needy tribal villages where community is facing difficulty in accessing safe drinking water

3. Procure land deed as gift deed for installation of new hand pump for the community

4. Formation of hand pump maintenance committee among the representatives of users to ensure proper management of hand pump in future

5. Training of Hand pump maintenance committee for providing basic knowledge for maintaining hand pump

6.  Encourage monthly contribution among the users family for sustainability of hand pump

7.  Training and facilitating Mushroom cultivation to improve economic condition of SHGs

8.  Facilitate economic upliftment of SHG through Goatery distribution initiative

9.  Creating community awareness on prevailing health issues amongst tribal community and facilitating them to avail benefits of various health intervention of government

10. Facilitate linkages between community and service providers concerning various government schemes and programs

Location of the Project:

6 tribal hamlets of Tesimla GP and 6 tribal hamlets of Kumlai GP under the Mal Block of Jalpaiguri District covering a total population of 1340.

Other achievement:

Geriatric camp:

·  Around 20 aged had taken part in Geriatric camp organized by Mal Block Hospital both at Tesimla as well as Kumlai GP.

Linking with PRI, Health and BLDO:

·   Project team is regularly participating at GP level convergence meeting (i.e. 3rd Saturday meeting at Health Sub-Centre and 4th Saturday meeting at GP office) and raising various development issues related to health, livelihood, handpump and government schemes to draw attention of government officials for  timely action to benefits tribal community.

·   4 nos. of Joint field visit with the government health workers had taken place for those dropped out families who found to be reluctant to cooperate with government programs and made them convince to avail benefits of various government schemes earmarked for vulnerable families.

·   GP level orientation cum sharing of ASDW activities had taken place along with identification of needy areas for collaboration and joint action to support the project work at community level.

·    GP-level orientation on function, role and responsibility of VHSNC (Village Health sanitation and Nutrition Committee) had taken place under the initiative of field staff of WBVHA. As a result out of 9 village, formation of VHSNC was done in 5 villages.

·    Adolescents had identified the problem of water contamination at fountain water site due to rising incidences of water-borne diseases in the target village. This alarming health issue has been raised at 4th Saturday GP level review meeting and as a result, Panchayat took initiative to send the water sample for testing.

·   One new adolescent group  is formed in kumlai GP

·    Field staff had identified 8 nos. of mother with children more than 2 and motivated to adopt permanent sterilization through tubectomy but out of 8, only 5 mothers underwent tubectomy.

·    One Japanese encephalitis (JE) patient identified by field staff and linked with health department for timely observation and treatment.

Advocacy was done with BLDO for supply of free chicks to 22 SHG women to encourage livelihood activity amongst BPL women, as a result, BLDO accepted had agreed to the proposal and accepted the list SHG women for distribution of free livestock.