(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Swabhiman : integrating factor with nutrition and health and livelihood [FEB-2018]

(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Swabhiman : integrating factor with nutrition and health and livelihood


Swabhiman : integrating factor with nutrition and health and livelihood

Swachh Bharat mission is in full swing across the country with significant milestones achieved during last 3 years new and innovative approaches are being adopted everyday to fulfill the dream of clean and healthy India one such project is Swabhiman by UNICEF.

The ‘S wabhiman’ project has been designed wearing this is in mind the fact that packaging the sanitation agenda alongside nutrition health and livelihood components find for Greater acceptance among the villages rather than sanitation on its own the program engages women self help group (SHGs) to integrate all this element to achieve open defecation free (ODF) communities and eventually leads to their empowerment.

With support from IKEA Foundation it is promising and potentially convergent platform to reach out to adolescence and women it provides a package of Health and nutrition service at the gram panchayat level Federation GPLF of women SHGs under Deendayal antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY – NRLM).

In Odisha ongoing integrated program is being implemented in Koraput block of Koraput district and pallahara blocks of Ongole district since 2016 in fact among the 10 sutras of principal by which SHGs. operate water sanitation and hygiene WASH now figure prominently further awards module has been included in the training of SHGs.

As far as the courier drives Kamsin the shgs are leading it as many as 106 out of 1 11 households in the nigamananda village having constructed there toilets of which 88 households are currently using toilets It's been a year Now since the launch of Swabhiman and there is ample evidence of women's empowerment disempowerment is evident in regular use of toilets taking off loans to build toilets and monitoring usage on carried out by shg members who also act as Natural leaders Clearly the Swabhiman project is not only bringing about behaviour change towards adopting safe sanitation practices but also empowering women through various projects Participation and drive by women from within the communities now their efforts to create odf communities are not an activity isolation but apart of wider approach toward empowerment.

In the areas of Nutrition health and livelihoods Swabhiman mobilizes trained community resources person CRPS also called poshan sakhis to engage with SHGs through monthly meeting they from adults and girls clubs and motivate them for secondary education they also engage with Krish mitraj agricultural resource person and farmer producer group on nutrition sensitivity agriculture techniques and support nutritionally at risk women and newlyweds on food Kerala livelihood linkage.

At Nigamaniguda village, the SHGs have prepared and implemented Poshan (nutrition) Micro Plan (PMP) on critical nutrition issues. These plans focus on important health issues like anaemia, malaria, identification of at risk mother as well as prohibition of child marriage Considered focus is also given to village Health and Nutrition Days (VHND) that are observed periodically where mothers and adolescent girls are counselled on key hygiene messages such as HWWS (hand washing with soap) and its linkage to maternal and child health.

Significant, after being trained on mineral – cost cultivation of mixed vegetables, as many as 14 landless families have developed backyard kitchen . Further, SHG members are now accessing the horticulture Department to buy the seeds of papaya, drumsticks, banana and other vegetables.

UNICEF’s pilot woman’s / adolescent nutrition programme using the DAY-NRLM and SHGs as its multi – sector platform is also being undertake in Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

Ministry of information and broadcasting observes Swachhta Pakhwada

Ministry of information & Broadcasting observed ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ from 16t h January to 31s t January, 2018 During this fortnight, a number of activities were undertaken by various media organisation under the Ministry to further the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.

Pakhwada’ activities undertaken by the Ministry include-

1. shramdaan was organised where swachhta Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Sh N K Sir took part along with other officials of the Ministry a media units,

2. 'Swachhta oath' by the staff was taken.

3. Weeding of old files, disposal of waste like old furniture and unusable items. Cleaning and maintenance of off equipments and beautification of office premises.

4. organising essay/painting/debate competitions etc. swachhta'.

5. Highlighting success stories on Swachh Bharat Miss through various media units of the Ministry.

6. Engaging communities through special outre programmes.

7. Publication of articles and success stories in publication Division’s journal –Yojana; Kurukshetra; Employment News, ‘Bal bharati’

8. Production and screening of films/documentaries on SBM.

9. Generate awareness on ‘Swachhta ‘ through all available means.

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