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
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.
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.
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.