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...
Feb 6, 2014

Final push for Wadagon Tanpura

A village woman proudly stands with her goat
A village woman proudly stands with her goat

When the villagers of Wadagaon Tanpura approached CRHP over one year ago, asking to begin a partnership a project village, CRHP staff saw great potential. From the initial baseline surveys, the passion of the villagers has stood out, and their collaborative energy and dedication towards teachings and discussions has compelled great change in the community. Improvement of health indicators, sanitation, and nutrition are clearly visible results that have impacted daily life and health status. Intangibles – community harmony, innovative thinking, increased appreciation of and respect for women, empowerment – are also abundant. Wadagaon Tanpura has progressed from the initial stages of the Jamkhed Model. It is with confidence and positive outlook that CRHP shifts into a role of monitoring, acknowledging the increased capacity of the villagers to think of and create sustainable changes in their community.

Wadagaon Tanpura exemplifies the endurance and effectiveness of the Jamkhed Model. Since its inception over forty years ago, this unique model of healthcare and development has been shared in over 250 villages similar to Wadagaon Tanpura, facilitating change by empowering people to take health into their own hands, utilizing appropriate technology, and integrating health with community development initiatives.

For this final project report, it is of utmost importance to thank our many donors. With less than $600 remaining, the goal amount will certainly be reached! More than 250 people have kindly donated to this project village; on behalf of the CRHP staff and community, as well as the villagers of Wadagaon Tanpura, thank you!

Mobile Health Team worker takes village survey
Mobile Health Team worker takes village survey

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Nov 8, 2013

Thank you from CRHP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH57Xg-_PRQ&feature=youtu.be

Thank you GlobalGiving donors! Your support enables us to work with more villages in rural India to bring about social change through the Jamkhed model. The goal is health for all and each donation allows us to reach more people. We are so grateful for that!

Snapshot of CRHP's Successes in 2013:

  • Began sessions with the Village Health Workers on giving nutritional advice and promoting active lifestyles, in an effort to combat emerging health issues of diabetes and hypertension.
  • Renewed our relationship with the Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) to train over 450 health workers and activists from Andhra Pradesh this past year. 
  • Partnered with the Freedom from Poverty Foundation (FFPF), which approached CRHP after identifying a chronic lack of healthcare in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh around the school it maintains.
  • Completed construction on the new Izmir training center.
  • Opened the new Science Center where we are now running hands-on, activities-based science and technology demonstrations for schoolchildren. 
  • Strengthened the adolescent programs by adding more interactive and activity-based sessions to the curriculum.
  • Forged a new partnership with the government of Sri Lanka, who have given the green light for a pilot scheme of the CRHP model in one province later this coming year.

In addition to the above successes, we still continue to run our various programs: Farmers' Clubs, Women's Self-Help Groups, Adolescent Programs, Artificial Limb, Khadkat farm and Rehabilitation Center, Village Health Worker trainings, Mobile Health Team visits, and the Julia Hospital. 

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Oct 30, 2013

Progress, Potential in Wadgaon Tanpura

With the end of 2013 sneakily approaching, it is time to reflect on the progress made and projects yet to be accomplished in Wadgaon Tanpura. It has been a successful year, despite the obstacles posed by the odd couple of extreme drought and unexpected (but much-appreciated) rain, and the relationship between villagers in Wadgaon Tanpura and CRHP staff has strengthened significantly. An example of this camaraderie is the group effort to construct toilets. Construction is an ongoing process, one which inevitability encounters delays and setbacks due to lack of supplies or uncooperative weather. A section of town that will serve as a demonstration area has been selected: toilets built in this specific area are models for other villagers to learn construction technique from. Thus far, 15 out of 68 toilets are completed. CRHP staff work side by side with the villagers to teach them how to build and maintain the toilets, encouraging a sense of collaboration and ownership.

The relationship between staff and villagers is important also in receiving feedback: villagers confide in our staff and provide constructive comments. From these responses, the goal of preventing another water shortage has arisen as essential. Many villagers feel that energy should go towards developing a watershed program. With the consultation of CRHP staff, watersheds and irrigation ponds will be constructed in the future.

Training the two Village Health Workers, Sujata Sampat Jatti and Rohini Ashok Sarode, also presses onwards. Equipped with self-confidence, leadership, and initiative, the VHWs have initiated six strong Women’s Groups, each consisting of approximately seven to eight women. These groups meet monthly, learning about healthcare, hygiene, nutrition and family health, and discussing social issues such as the importance of education for their children and projects they would like to develop in their community. VHWs have specifically disseminated information about preventing and treating communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria, and have reported a significant reduction in waterborne diseases. By the end of next year, a proper survey will be conducted to determine the changes in health status and prevalence of disease.

The progress that has been made in Wadgaon Tanpura is exciting and encouraging. Intangible accomplishments of community camaraderie, increased health knowledge, newfound self-confidence and strides towards gender equity are perhaps the most potent as we assess the impact of the Jamkhed Model. The project will continue for the next two years, at which point Wadgaon Tanpura will be sufficient without the direct guidance of CRHP staff, except for evaluation visits.

On behalf of Wadgaon Tanpura villagers and all of CRHP staff, thank you for your continued support. Be on the lookout for our ‘Thank you’ video and holiday newsletters and promotions!

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