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Regional Resource Centre
Regional Resource Centre: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in 1997 launched a comprehensive reproductive child health programme in partnership with the NGO sector to reach the underserved and inaccessible populations of the country. VHAI and other national level NGOs were designated as Regional Resource Centres (RRCs). VHAI started formally functioning as a Regional Resource Centre (RRC) since January 2002.

VHAI-RRC looks after the four states of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, J&K and Delhi with 51 MNGOs and 212 FNGOs under its ambit. The emphasis is on a decentralized approach with most functions, except technical support being relegated to the state governments.

Since inception, VHAI-RRC has become a focal point for NGOs to address needs for capacity building, networking and strengthening partnerships with state governments and district authorities. It acts as an enabling mechanism for sharing of experiences by documenting and disseminating successful approaches, learnings and innovations in RCH service delivery in its newsletter, Abhilasha and community mobilization processes. It also conducts periodic evaluation and assessment by conducting field visits to assess the effectiveness of technical support and training inputs.

Presently the RRC is going through a transition period. New roles are being envisaged in the forthcoming 12th five year plan.
Current Initiatives

Conference On 'Investing In Young People In India'

Date: 17th July, 2014
Venue: Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

Commemorating World Population Day 2014, the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner (ORGI) and UNFPA organized a conference on ‘Investing in Young People in India’ at Vigyan Bhawan on 17th July 2014. The event echoed UN’s global theme: ‘Investments in young people not only make sense for today, it makes sense for the future’. Ms. Mousumi Gupta, RRC Coordinator from VHAI participated in this significant conference.

With a click of a button, Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, launched The portal places disaggregated data from the 2011 Population Census, NFHS III and other national datasets together on a unified platform on the internet.

Workshop on “Involving Adolescent & Youth for Population Stabilization”

Date: 11th July, 2014
Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

As part of observation of World Population Day, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in association with Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK), organised a “National Workshop for Involving Adolescents and Youths for Population Stabilization” at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 11th July 2014. Two members from VHAI team Ms. Seema Gupta, Director (Tobacco Control and RCH) and Ms. Mousumi Gupta, RRC Coordinator participated in this significant national workshop. Around three hundred delegates from central government, district magistrates of selected districts, civil society organizations, private and corporate sectors, development partners, international agencies, researchers, clinicians etc. participated in the National Workshop.

Workshop On Strengthening Community Based Monitoring

Date: 21st March, 2014
Venue: Conference Hall, Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi
Organised by - RRC – VHAI in collaboration with Delhi State Health Mission and MoHFW, Govt. of India

Community-based Monitoring of health services is a key strategy of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to ensure that the services reach those for whom they are meant, especially for those residing in rural areas, the poor, women and children. Community Monitoring is also seen as an important aspect of promoting community led action in the field of health. Community monitoring is to review the progress to ensure that the work is moving towards the decided purpose, and the purpose has not shifted, nor has the work got derailed in any way. Such a review can help to identify obstacles in the work, so that appropriate changes can be made to cross the obstacles.

Workshop on ‘Development of Strategic Approach to Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A)’

RRC VHAI organized One-day Workshop on ‘Development of Strategic Approach to Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A)’ in Collaboration with Department of MH&FWS, Government of Rajasthan and MOHFW, Govt. of India on 3rd March 2014 at State Institute of Health & Family Welfare (SIHFW), Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Some of the key focal areas of this one-day workshop was
• An understanding of ‘Continuum of care’, which includes integrated service delivery in various life stages including the adolescence, pre-pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period, childhood and through reproductive age.

• Introduction of new initiatives like the use of Score card to track the performance, National Iron + Initiative to address the issue of anemia across all age groups and the Comprehensive Screening and Early interventions for defects at birth, diseases and deficiencies among children and adolescents.

• 5 X 5 matrix for High Impact RMNCH+A Interventions.

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