(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
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
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
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
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.