Serve Train Educate People's Society-STEPS

STEPS NGO gives emphasis on Medical and health aspects of those particularly preventive and curative health related programmes, with a special focus on children, Adolescents, and Women with more specifically emphasis on strengthen integrated child health and awareness and advocacy services. MISSON: To provide better future to the most vulnerable women, children of those particularly deprived sections by protecting their health needs and rights women's reproductive health with an integrated approach. We believe that access to affordable health services are fundamental human rights. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES: To become centre of excellence in the field of medical and Health, Women empowerment,...
Oct 27, 2016

Learning from failures improves success of program

Health camp in slum
Health camp in slum

Serve Train Educate People’s Society-STEPS established in 1993 as Non Governmental Organization at Srikalahasti, Chittoor district,Andhra Pradesh state, India.  Srikalahasti Urban area and surrounding Rural mandals  are drought prone and cyclone affected areas. Natural calamities like crop failure, floods and famine over the years have increased unemployment and poverty. Poverty and illiteracy have resulted in lack of awareness and wide spread ill health among the general public.  To contribute to the development of these people, group of social workers established STEPS NGO for providing health and welfare services to the poor and down trodden.

In the beginning we organized small health camps with the contributions from the members. Now with the support from Donors and Government sources we are organizing health camps and awareness camps of different health issues for the benefit of community.

 

            - This we could achieve after number of failures.

            - Initially we have not assessed the immediate needs of people.

 

Failure 1: Lack of awareness and health services have resulted in wide spread  diseases among poor. The women, children, adolescents and aged poor are worst affected sections of the society. So immediately we have started providing services which is a mistake and failure.

 Initially when we went to villages and slums, the people are reluctant to have health checkups mainly women and girls. We thought that we have failed in our effort. On prolonged discussion with stake holders, SHG leaders, religious heads and by inter acting with community, we have decided that there is need of intensive health awareness among community.

Success: We have realized that we have to assess the needs of people for diseases and problems they are suffering. This gave us idea how to plan our activities and camps by involving community. We started creating health awareness among people living in slums and villages. Slowly they started attending health camps and awareness camps organized by STEPS NGO. During camps we are providing health checkups and free medicines.

               STEPS NGO helps the neediest communities by improving their health condition. Creates high impact community driven solutions in slums andrural areas. With 25 Years of grass roots relationship and experience with the people involved in our programs, We have impacted over 867,092 individuals through 1630 Health camps, 20445 Awareness programs and interventions.

 

Failure 2: when slum people were approached to fallow family planning methods, initially they have not interested to know about it. They have not come forward for family planning sterilizations.

Schedule casts and Schedule tribes people living in slums are having misconceptions and they have totally opposed for family planning methods. This is failure.

Success: By creating awareness about family planning methods achieving more than100% motivation of family planning cases every year. 3248 people undergone Family Planning sterilizations. With the awareness and motivation among the Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes community, they are approaching the UHC voluntarily for the family planning operations.

 

Failure 3: When we started immunization program in slums the parents are afraid of getting their children immunized because they do not aware of immunization. This is also failure.

Success: After creating awareness and explaining about the advantages of immunizing children, people are now getting children immunized in Urban Health Centre regularly. Till today 6193 children were fully immunized.

 

STEPS mission is to provide better future to the most vulnerable women, children of those particularly deprived sections by protecting their health needs and rights particularly women’s reproductive health by providing education, environment and improving their living conditions with an integrated approach

 

We are happy to inform that Donors who supported our health activities know how the people are benefitted.

Thanks to Donors for trusting STEPS NGO to implement welfare programs to community.

Children in Health camp
Children in Health camp
Immunization of Children
Immunization of Children
Aug 4, 2016

Visit of Global Giving's India Field team member

Mrs. P.Ramalakshmamma Filariasis patient
Mrs. P.Ramalakshmamma Filariasis patient

Dear Donors

Greetings from STEPS NGO

STEPS NGO goal is to create Health awareness and treatment of diseases. With the STEPS team involvement in health programs in slums, inspiring the community towards the healthy behaviour.

Because of the seasonal diseases spreading among the children and school going children in slums, every day community health Workers under the guidance of ANMs and ASHAs are visiting the houses & schools extending necessary health care to the slum people. They are encouraging pregnant women and new mothers to seek health care and new born care.

Field Visit

Mr Veera Reddy Gandluru, member of Global Giving Field team, visited Srikalahasti on 04-06-2016.He visited the slums where STEPS NGO implementing project with the funds from donors through Global giving. He interacted with the beneficiaries and enquired about their health. He gave suggestions to improve the program activities and advised to design Micro projects in support of main activities.

During his visit he met Mrs. P.Ramalakshmamma aged 50 years, one of the beneficiaries of the program. She is selling vegetables in the market for her lively hood. When he enquired about her health, Ramalakshmamma explains      

“I am better now and taking medicines. I am doing exercises regularly which helps me in free moving. Now I am going to market and selling vegetables. In the past I could not able to do any work but today after treatment and disease awareness by STEPS staff, I can earn money on my own and take care of my family.”

Thank you for your continuing support

 

Dr. P. Prameelamma

President, STEPS NGO

Mr. Veera Reddy with LF patients in field visit
Mr. Veera Reddy with LF patients in field visit
Medicines distribution in health camp
Medicines distribution in health camp
Mr.Veera Reddy with slum people during field visit
Mr.Veera Reddy with slum people during field visit
May 12, 2016

Health care in slums

Prasanna with Children& Mother in Law
Prasanna with Children& Mother in Law

 Prasanna aged 30 years with her two children in the photograph, who is one of the beneficiaries from the program activities extended by the project. She lives with her husband Chandrasekhar in Project Street slum in Srikalahasti town.

 Both are illiterates and work as labourers. She has one male and one female child. During her second delivery she had many health problems and visited STEPS Urban Health Centre (STEPS UHC) regularly for the checkups. With the advice of Medical Officer, she started taking nutritious food and prescribed medicines.

 From the beginning of 9th month she has not taken the diet properly due to afraid of the delivery and became weak. One day her mother-in-law observed bleeding and immediately approached STEPS UHC. She was examined and referred to Maternity hospital in Tirupati for delivery. After examining her the doctors have done the surgery and Prasanna gave birth to a female child.

 STEPS NGO taking care of the health of Prasanna and her children. During the field visits, ANMs explained her about the importance of Immunisation to her children. Every month she is bringing her children to STEPS UHC for checkups and they were regularly immunised.

Prasanna said “Now I know the importance of health care and awareness. Whenever there is health problem, I am approaching STEPS UHC for treatment and advice. I am attending all Health awareness camps organised by them. My children were immunised free cost without financial burden on us. We are living happily without health problems.” 

Organizing health care and awareness camps for slum people in addition to continuing health services to Filariasis patients.

 

Immunization camp for children in slum
Immunization camp for children in slum
 
   

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