SEWA Rural

SEWA Rural endeavors to reach out and assist the poorest of poor through various health and development programmes for the disadvantaged section of society in general and specifically for women, children and elderly. While undertaking such mission, it seeks to ensure that selection of the programmes and activities are based on community needs and available man power, basic values are preserved while accomplishing the tasks undertaken and self development in broader sense of those involved in work is further assured. Goals are: 1. To serve the vulnerable members of the family - i.e. women, children & elderly and underserved sections of society - i.e. the rural, poor and tribals. 2. To em...

SEWA Rural
SEWA Rural
Tower Road
Jhagadia,, Bharuch, Gujarat 393110
India
02645 220021/ 220868
http://www.sewarural.org

Mission

SEWA Rural endeavors to reach out and assist the poorest of poor through various health and development programmes for the disadvantaged section of society in general and specifically for women, children and elderly. While undertaking such mission, it seeks to ensure that selection of the programmes and activities are based on community needs and available man power, basic values are preserved while accomplishing the tasks undertaken and self development in broader sense of those involved in work is further assured. Goals are: 1. To serve the vulnerable members of the family - i.e. women, children & elderly and underserved sections of society - i.e. the rural, poor and tribals. 2. To empower women and youth for their overall development 3. To establish a model to demonstrate younger generation and professionals to get motivated in work for the poor and disadvantage section of society

Programs

Hospital: The 100 beds grant in aid Kasturba Hospital based in Jhagadia is in operation for more than three decades and it provides round the clock OPD, Indoor and Emergency services to the patients coming from more than 5000 villages covering Bharuch, Narmada and adjoining districts and state borders. It is fully equipped with facilities like Laboratory & Blood Storage, X ray & Sonography, Operation Theatres, Labor Room, Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal ICU. About 70,000 patients in OPD and 12,000 patients in indoor are benefitted every year. About 2800 deliveries take place and more than 5000 surgeries are performed including cataract surgery. 45% of OPD patients and about 80% of indoor patients being poor and tribal are treated free of cost. Unicef and Govt. of Gujarat has also granted First Referral Unit (FRU) to SEWA Rural's Kasturba hospital under safe motherhood and child survival scheme for the Jhagadia block since 1999. Numbers of deliveries have more than doubled in last 5 years. The hospital is also approved for various schemes like Chiranjivi, Balsakha and RSBY. As medical needs of the local rural, poor and tribal community are very high, the hospital services will be required on long run. Comprehensive Eye Care Project: This programme covers Bharuch and Narmada districts. Every year almost 50 diagnostic camps are organized and about 40000 eye patients are seen at such camps and at hospital OPD. Even tertiary level eye care is available at base hospital and about 5000 eye surgeries of different kinds including cataract are performed every year, out of which almost 80% being really poor are treated free of cost. Under community based comprehensive eye care and rehabilitation programme, SEWA Rural has so far intensively covered seven blocks of Bharuch and Narmada districts (covering 9 lacs population) in phase out manner. Each family member of every household was screen for any eye related ailment. Cases having vision related refractive errors were provided with spectacles, curable eye diseases were treated and those requiring surgeries were brought to base SEWA Rural hospital at Jhagadia for appropriate surgery and specialized care. Under this programme, Jhagadia & Valia blocks were made cataract free as per WHO guidelines in 1998. Those who were permanently blind (about 900) were specially trained in aspects of self dependence in their day to day activities in their own environment at community level. This was carried out by a cadre of specially trained community based eye care workers. In addition the blind people were also benefited with various schemes and services under the community based rehabilitation programme. Under integrated education programme, about 125 blind children were benefitted by specially trained braille teachers either at their village schools or encouraged to join special blind schools. Community Health Project: SEWA Rural successfully managed total health care responsibility of one Primary Health Centre (PHC) covering 40,000 pop. for almost 15 years from 1984 to 99 under a unique NGO-GO Partnership. After the return of PHC back to Government, SEWA Rural since 2003 has managed a "Family Centred Safe Motherhood and New Born Care Project" in entire Jhagadia Block covering 168 villages (pop. 175,000) and in partnership with district and block level government health department. This project was funded by Mac Arthur Foundation (USA). With successful introduction of micro level interventions, there has been 74 % reduction among cases of maternal deaths, 40 % reduction in Neonatal Mortality Rate as compared to baseline information and institutional delivery rate has increased from 22 to 65%. This has been made possible by a cadre of front line health workers specially trained at every village and a strong back up of our base hospital to manage the complicated referred cases. Though the project has formally ended by March 2011, surveillance and follow up of all pregnant mothers is going on to track their pregnancy out come and specific indicators. Implementation research on innovative mobile phone technology is being introduced to empower front line health workers for better community based surveillance and service delivery to promote safe motherhood and child care. Health Training and Resource Centre : This activity was started in 1990 (with support from Share & Care Foundation, USA) to provide training opportunity to different cadres of health workers from voluntary organizations, government staff and students. Students come from varied academic institutions of India and abroad and learn from organisation's rich grass root level experiences in managing a general hospital, community health, comprehensive eye care and rural development. To meet the ever increasing demands, additional state of the art Training Centre at our Gumandev campus has been newly constructed and became functional since February 2012. In all, about 1000 trainees and students of different cadres from about 50 organizations and academic institutions take the advantage of this centre every year. Various in house training programmes and workshops are also organized for the staff of SEWA Rural so as to enhance their competence, knowledge, involvement & to reaffirm the informal core values of organization. Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra: This centre has been in operation for past 25 years, and every year more than 100 rural, poor and tribal youths are provided one year free residential training in various trades. Besides technical and skill training in trades like turner, fitter, welding, environment plant operator, electrical cum motor rewinding, basic computer skills, printing, machinist etc. Value education value education and character building have been critical and integrated components of this training and greatly emphasized. After successful completion of one year training, 100 % job placement is guaranteed with active support of nearby industries. SEWA Rural has trained 1600 students in past 25 years and 70% of them are continuing their employment with industries. About 35 students were guided and supported to start their own self entrepreneurship units. On one side opportunity to rural youth for landless labor work in the farm is declining, and on other side there is a rapid industrial growth surrounding Jhagadia. Hence need for skilled labourers are very high and imparting vocational training to such poor youth is a long term investment towards alleviating poverty for years to come. Social status of entire family comes up alongwith economic betterment. Various women centered activities - economic, awareness & empowerment, which were done earlier under aegis of SEWA Rural are, being undertaken by an independent organisation - Sharada Mahila Vikas Society since July 2002 benefiting about 500 women, adolescents and children every year.

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