Making Health and Development a Reality for the people of India
Highlights Of The Year
Policy Intervention, Knowledge Development And Advocacy
(International Level)


Collaboration with WHO
  • WHO-SEARO constituted South-East Asia Primary Health Care Innovations Network (SEAPIN) which has been in operation since August 2010, to support the efforts of member states in strengthening their health systems through Primary Health Care approach. The Secretariat of this network has been moved to VHAI, New Delhi from August 2013 onwards for a term of three years. Mr Alok Mukhopadhyay, chief Executive, VHAI, is the convener of the Secretariat. VHAI is maintaining the SEAPIN website (www.seapin.asia) with regular updates of Primary Health Care innovations in SEAR Countries.
  • The Chief Executive participated in the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP), Helsinki, Finland in June 2013, co-organised by the WHO, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland (MSAH). Besides presenting a paper, the Chief Executive directed a documentary film, “Health in All Policies” which was screened at the conference as a curtain raiser.
  • WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia organised a meeting of experts on health in all policies in South-East Asia at Bangkok. The Chief Executive, VHAI, attended this meeting and shared his experiences in order to develop a regional framework on health in all policies. The consultation deliberated in detail on regional situation and progress in the intersectoral/ multisectoral action and mechanisms that drive health in all policies to address health equity and promote health of populations.
  • Collaboration between VHAI and WHO-SEARO - VHAI and WHO-SEARO have collaborated formally to coordinate their efforts in the South-East Asia Region to facilitate the attainment of common objectives of VHAI and WHO-SEARO.
  • As one of the major joint collaborative efforts between VHAI and WHO, a Regional Consultation of NGOs and Civil Society were held at New Delhi on the theme "Post 2015 Health Development Agenda" on July 29, 2013.
Policy Intervention, Knowledge Development And Advocacy (National Level)
VHAI has an acceptable voice in the central and state governments and considers it of prime importance to conduct serious action research on various health and development concerns.

» Independent Commission on Development and Health in India (ICDHI) - VHAI facilitated the setting up of ICDHI in 1995, as a people’s initiative to assess the current health and development status and facilitate the process of need-based and people-centric sustainable development and health. The Commission consists of distinguished persons from the health and development sectors. Since 1998, 25 well-researched monographs on various current health and development issues, by eminent social scientists have been published.

During the year 2013-14, ICDHI deliberated on the following issues:
  • Long overdue initiatives for the Health Sector – Challenges for the new Governmen
  • Tuberculosis a major health problem
  • Kala-azar elimination
  • Task Force on State of Vector-borne Diseases Control Programme in India and the Future Challenges
Tobacco Control

Key initiatives:
  • Advocacy on Bidi issues: VHAI commisioned a study on Taxation Policy for Bidi Industry in the country.
  • High level of advocacy for tobacco control in J&K
  • Continuous advocacy resulted in tax increase on all tobacco product from 13.5% in 2010-2011 to 40% in 2013-14
  • J&K was first state in India to declare all polling stations Smoke Free during elections in 2014
  • Legal advocacy: VHAI coordinated a special session on legal advocacy at Endgame Conference on Tobacco Control, organized by PHFI.
  • Media Advocacy: VHAI media team stepped up advocacy and sensitisation efforts through press release on diverse issues such as tobacco industry interference, ban on point of sale and tax increase on tobacco products in Rajasthan and J&K.
CSR Partnership Programme – Dengue Awareness Campaign

Under the Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership Initiative, VHAI and SC Johnson Products Private Limited, India (SCJ) conducted a dengue awareness campaign across central and state level in India. The programme was undertaken to spread awareness about dengue prevention and control amongst schools and communities in four cities — Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.

The programme was officially launched on September 18, 2013 under the campaign title, “Fight Dengue for Payal”, in the presence of SCJ-All Out ambassador, actor Sonali Bendre, VHAI Executive Director, Bhavna Mukhopadhyay and Director, VHAI, Dr P. C. Bhatnagar.
Aparajita Andaman

VHAI Organised the following activities this year
  • Vocational training programmes
  • Outreach activities
  • Speciality clinic
  • Colloboration with ICDS centres: The project covers schools and organizes health camps, conducts lifestyle education and awareness programmes in community school.

Both the VHAI- managed PHCs have significantly improved in their functioning. This year VHAI handed over the two PHCs back to the A&N administration for further mangement.
Aparajita Odisha

VHAI-MDM Health and Development Project, Kalahandi, Odisha

Major activities
  • Meeting with PHC management /Rogi Kalyan Samitee(RKS)
  • Supply of medicines
  • Mobile health camps
  • Extra efforts to reach the people of every villages like community based monitoring tool(CBMT), village health resource center (VHRC), resource mobilisation, placing of Patient's Charter
Disaster Response And Management

Phailin response initiatives by VHAI in the cyclone affected areas in Khallikote, Ganjam, Rangeilunda and Chikiti blocks under Ganjam district and Kujanga block in Jagatpur district, Odisha.

Major activities
Need assessment, stakeholders, relief operation, rehabilitation activities undertaken by VHAI-ARAMBA like mobilisation of self help groups and capacity building of women members, construction of process pots/ tanks and training on value addition and hygienic process.

VHAI-Aparajita has also participated in collective efforts in circulation of Newsletter on Cyclone-Phailin updates among variouse stakeholders.
Sexual And Reproductive Health Rights

The Unite for Body Rights (UFBR) programme has designed by the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights(SRHR) Alliance.

Major activities undertaken under the project:
  • Project laid emphasis on the right age marriage of girls.
  • Two new networks were added in 2013 so now VHAI is associated with total 9 networks i) National Rural Livelihood Mission ii) Neheru Yuva Kendra(NYK)
  • Setting up of voice based technology system to get feedback and information on accountability of the health service delivery system, in selected block in Ganjam, Odisha in partnership with Gram Vani.
Regional Resource Centre

Major activities performed by RRC-VHAI during the year 2013-14:
  • Technical and Management training
  • State level workshopon Newborn health & hearing the voices of ASHAs in Jammu & Kasmir
  • One day workshop on Development of strategic approach to Reproductive , Maternal , Newborn ,Child and adolescent health(RMCH+A)
  • One day workshop on Strengthening of Community based monitoring in Delhi

RRC-VHAI Bilingual Newsletter 'Abilasha'-The issues of the newsletter published during this year focused on "An essay guide to promote healthy life style"
Tuberculosis Prevention

Innovative approach in phase II of the project:
  • Sensitization of TB patients on their rights and responsibilties
  • Alarming MDR/XDR TB patients
  • Sensitization of targeted interventions(TIs) , Community service centers(CSCs) and DLNs of PLHIV on TB care n control
  • TB-HIV Coordination
  • World TB day 2014: Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh:
    TB........Reach to 3 million, Find, Treat and Cure

Outcome of the activity: We reached to approximately 25000 population in 3 days and communicated to approx 500 people on one to one basis in 3 days. We referred 67 chest symptomatic to nearest DMC and out of which 30 reached to DMC. Out of 30 three were found positive for TB and one was found positive for TB/HIV.
Malaria Control: VHAI GFATN Round 9 Intensified Malaria Control Project-II ( IMCP-II)

The IMCP-II has entered in its year 4 of its implementation

Key achievements:
  • Training on malaria control
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Behavior Change Communication
  • Interface and data integration
  • OSDV and financial review by LFA
Social Mobilisation and services delivery programme for malaria control and Kala-Azar elimination amongst vulnerable coomunities under World bank project

Major activities:
  1. Social mobilisation: Village social mapping/ microplanning
    • Sensitization to VHSC/GKS members
    • Sensitization of school children and teachers
    • Campaign on IRS acceptance
    • Demonstration of use of mosquito nets
  2. Service delivery programmes
    • Under service delivery programme, community volunteers received RDK and malaria drugs from their respective PHC/CHC and diagnosing suspected cases through RDK and providing age wise treatment to the positive cases. Treatment camps on Malaria were organized in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas in coordination with regular health programmes like VHND, ASHA meetings and sector meetings of ICDS
    • VHAI’s role is to facilitate learning at the grassroots; therefore, activities also included capacity building of various stakeholders, local volunteers like ASHAs. SAHIYAs and trainings to health services providers at the grassroots level.
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