Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Mission: "Health is a fundamental human right. Eliminating injustices which deny all people access to this right underlies the very essence of our work and our approach. Using the combined talents and energy of our staff and the families we work with, we strive to develop communities through a grassroots movement. By mobilizing and building the capacity of communities all can achieve access to health care and freedom from poverty, hunger and violence." Vision: "We envision communities where families are healthy and enjoy fulfilling lives. The full human rights of every individual, especially women and children, are protected and uncompromised. We believe that all people are m...
Apr 1, 2015

Kolhewadi Update: Focusing on the Environment

Hand pump in Kolhewadi
Hand pump in Kolhewadi

The emphasis in Kolhewadi over the past three months has been placed on environmental issues such as tree planting, securing safe drinking water, and wastewater management. Tree farming can increase income generation while helping to maintain a healthy environment. Discussion and planning among the Women’s Groups and other community members to plant local fruit trees like tamarind, custard apple, and mango is taking place now. Jayesh, one of our Senior Trainers, has met with the community several times regarding safe drinking water. Currently several hand pumps with safe drinking water exist throughout the village; however, safe wastewater management practices have not been implemented yet. Soak pits are a simple method of filtering wastewater using all locally available materials. The Mobile Health Team will be working with the community over the next few months to build soak pits throughout the village.

The Adolescent Girls Program has already worked with unmarried girls ages 12-18 in Kolhewadi, and the boys from Kolhewadi are good candidates for the next round of the Adolescent Boys Program. Several Women’s and Men’s Groups have already been initiated, and regular meetings will begin in the next few months. CRHP staff members are working with Vadana, the VHW for Kolhewadi, to start a Self-Help Group within the lower caste community of her village.

Rekha, the Village Health Worker from Kolhewadi’s neighboring village Rajuree, has been mentoring Vadana since she was selected. She has taught Vadana how to check blood pressure, test urine for excess sugar and to monitor existing patient’s sugar levels, and urine tests that check for pregnancy and eclampsia within a pregnant woman. Socially, Rekha has been working with Vadana on the most effective methods for organizing her community.

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A Government School in Kolhewadi
A Government School in Kolhewadi
Jan 6, 2015

Kolhewadi Project Village Update

CRHP’s new partnership with Kolhewadi has proven successful over the past few months. With the help and facilitation of our Mobile Health Team, the village of Kolhewadi has selected Vadana Adale as their Village Health Worker (VHW). She is a graduate of the 10th standard and is a very motivated individual eager to work with her community and CRHP. She has already begun attending CRHP’s bi-weekly VHW trainings. A Women’s Group, consisting of 10 women from the village, now meets with Vadana and CRHP staff members to discuss personal finances, village dynamics, and other relevant topics. Several unique visits have also been made to plant medicinal trees within the village and to begin a kitchen garden project. Beginning January 1, CRHP is beginning a new project, funded by a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), to establish kitchen gardens in individual’s homes and increase nutrition education. Kolhewadi is one of five villages that CRHP is working with initially as a part of this project. To strengthen community participation in health and development projects within the village, CRHP’s social workers have begun meeting regularly with men’s, women’s, and adolescent groups.

Over the next few months, the Mobile Health Team will begin on-site surveys to document the health status and demographics of the village. Once analyzed, education will begin at the village regarding communicable and non-communicable diseases. Farmer’s Clubs and Adolescent Groups will be established and incorporated into our existing programs to put health in the hands of the people.

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Sep 8, 2014

Our New Project Village: Kolhewadi

Due to unforeseen circumstances, CRHP has switched to working with a new Project Village. We are excited to announce our new Project Village Kolhewadi. This partnership began 2 months ago and has since progressed steadily. Members of the Mobile Health Team have completed visits to each home and have used this data to create a social map of each family within the village. As the Mobile Health Team continues to work with Kolhewadi, they find more socially minded individuals and participation among both men and women is excellent. Currently, CRHP and the Kolhewadi community are in the process of identifying their Village Health Worker (VHW). Once chosen, she will begin weekly trainings with other VHWs on CRHP’s campus.

Two weeks ago, the Mobile Health Team and several International Volunteers planted trees in Kolhewadi to promote environmental sustainability. In the upcoming months, environmental education and sanitation will be emphasized through group meetings and demonstrations. In the next weeks, a survey will be conducted with the help of the community to identify the health status of community members and current community organizations. Farmers’ Clubs and Women’s Self-Help Groups will also be formed, and the Adolescent Girls and Boys Program will be introduced in the coming months. Communicable and non-communicable disease control, education, prevention, and action will be taught to Farmers’ Club and Self-Help Group members. They will then gain responsibility for teaching the rest of the village. Over time and through increased interactions between CRHP professionals and the Kolhewadi community, the livelihoods of each class and caste will change to create gender and social equality.

We are excited to continue working with this community. Please stay in touch for more information about CRHP’s work by signing up for our monthly newsletter at www.jamkhed.org or by following our social media pages.

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