Over the past 40 years, CRHP has worked in over 300 project villages across India, directly impacting the lives of millions of the poorest of the poor and marginalized. Currently, it works with 45 villages within a 50 kilometer radius of the CRHP Campus in Jamkhed, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
We have successfully raised 17K USD for the first year of commitment and would like to raise the rest of the 28K USD for the 5 years that it takes to implement self-sustaining programs in a village.
CRHP is based in the Taluka of Jamkhed, a drought-prone area with high levels of ill-health and poverty among the worst in the world. In the 1970s, infant mortality rate was 176 per 1,000 live births. Current rates of IMR across India is 50 per 1,000 and under five mortality rate 65. CRHP works with impoverished communities that relay on subsistence farming living on $1 a day. Many have limited access to information and are susceptible to negative superstitions that hurt women and girls.
Bringing a new approach to primary healthcare that involves the community, the CRHP approach involves the formation of community groups that include Farmers' Clubs, women's Self-Help Groups and adolescent girls and boys programs, coordinated and mobilized by the local healthcare representative, the Village Health Worker. These groups are self-help in nature, initiated and sustained by each village community. We are making a 5 year commitment to the development of a new village in 2012.
Over the past 40 years, the communities that CRHP works with have witnessed significant reduction in ill-health and poverty. For example, infant mortality fell from 176 per 1000 to 24 per 1000, children under-five malnutrition was at 40% now less than 1%. Income generation opportunities have greatly improved through the Farmers' Clubs and Women's SHGs.The status of women and the girl child have risen significantly in our project villages. We aim to replicate this impact for new project villages.