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,...
Jan 3, 2017

Vision care of people

Beneficiary with spectacles
Beneficiary with spectacles

Vision care of people in slums & Villages

In India whose population lives predominantly in rural regions, accessibility and affordability of health care products and services, such as eye care, remains an issue.

We are implementing this program in slums of Srikalahasti and surrounding villages which are drought pone, backward area in chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh state, India

 Strategy: STEPS developed partnership with The Aloka VisionProgrammeinitiated and supported by ZEISS, aims to change the landscape of vision care in such areas through entrepreneurial network, technology, innovation, quality spectacles and raising awareness for the benefits of clear vision.

Local entrepreneurs are being trained in basic eye care, screening of people and dispensing of spectacles as well as in entrepreneurial skills. This opportunity helps locals to earn a livelihood. The Aloka entrepreneurs will be connected to an optometrist, who ensures high quality screening and service to the rural beneficiary. 

Training: Motivated local entrepreneurs were trained by ZEISS experts in screening people, dispensing spectacles and entrepreneurial skills. Technology: ZEISS technology solutions ensure smooth refraction and vision test, instant order placement, ophthalmological support and transparency over the entire value chain.

  Activities: STEPS Vision centre organize free eye camps and raising awareness for the benefits of clear vision. As per specifications quality spectacles are manufactured and supplied to peopleon nominal cost by ZEISS, Aloka Vision Program..

 Pullagura Ramanaiah, one of the beneficiaries belonging to Peddakannali village, India expressed that “.After vision check up by STEPS Vision care Centre and wearing spectacles, now I can read and do my regular work without difficulty.”

Eye camp
Eye camp
Dec 28, 2016

Cancer awareness and screening camps in slums

Breast cancer screening of women in slum
Breast cancer screening of women in slum

Dear Donors,

Season’s greetings from STEPS

 Wishing you a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR   2017

 

I am glad to present report of this new project.

             We have started this program recently and organizing awareness meetings & screening of women living in slums of Srikalahasti municipality in Andhra Pradesh State, India. During these camps, Dr Prameelamma explained to women about Cancer disease symptoms and self examination of breast to find out the symptoms of cancer.

              Mrs. Sujatha, Self Help Group (SGH) leader, who attended the awareness meeting, requested President, STEPS NGO to organize more camps for the benefit of women in Srikalahasti town and expressed her willingness to act as volunteer during the camps.

               We need your support and kindly consider donating to continue this program for slum women. Tell to your friends and family to bring in more support. This will benefit the poor people living in slums in a big way.

Thanks for your contribution

 

Thanks and regards

Dr. P. Prameelamma

President, STEPS NGO

Cancer awareness meeting for Women
Cancer awareness meeting for Women
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
 
   

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