Other Programmes

Malaria has been one of the major public health concerns in India. This disease is mostly prevalent in hard core endemic pockets inhabited predominantly by poor rural populations including the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other marginalized communities, who have relatively limited access to quality healthcare, communication and other basic facilities and are thus rather vulnerable. MPVHA in partnership with VHAI is implementing the World Bank supported VBDC project, for promotion of social mobilization and service delivery through Public Private Partnership among vulnerable communities of three districts (high risk population of Harrai block of Chhindwara, Rama block of Jhabua and Semariya block of Siddhi) in Madhya Pradesh. The following project has been initiated:

“Social Mobilization and Service Delivery Program for Malaria Control Amongst Vulnerable Communities in Madhya Pradesh”.

Brief introduction about the intervention: The Program addresses two components i.e. Social Mobilization and Service delivery. Under Social mobilization we are promoting health seeking behavior and giving emphasis on availing Govt. Health facilities. Service delivery components focusing building capacities of FLW (Front line workers) for testing and treatment.

Project Objectives:
To control Malaria and eliminate Kala-azar amongst vulnerable communities through Social mobilization and service delivery.
To promote Early Diagnosis and Complete Treatment of Malaria and kala- azar through correct and continuous use of LLIN amongst vulnerable communities.

Major Achievements:
Front line workers were trained for testing and treatment.
Annual Blood slide examination rate in the project area increased.
Annual Parasite Index in the project area has decreased.
Number of positive cases completed treatment has increased.
Number of families using LLINS has increased.
Number of ASHA and health workers providing treatment for Malaria cases increased.
Number of VHSC activated and utilized the un tide fund for malaria control activities increased.

Diarrhea and related illness claim the lives of over 225,000 children in India every year. Madhya Pradesh is among the highest burdened State. Simple and affordable treatments like ORS and Zinc, can prevent most of these deaths and dramatically improve the child health overall. Preliminary findings suggest that both at the level of providers as well as caregivers there exists serious gaps in terms of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on effective management of diarrhea. Therefore our approach is to strategically target the key stakeholders of both categories by informing and educating, capacity building, sensitization, handholding and supportive monitoring. The overarching objective of all the planned interventions is to bridge the healthcare delivery gaps with respect to diarrhea treatment in public sector thereby increasing the updates of ORS and Zinc as first line treatment. To address this issue MPVHA along with CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative) started the following project:

“Promoting Awareness and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) and Zinc as Treatment of Childhood Diarrhea amongst Public Health Providers and Caregivers in MP.”

Project activities are to be carried out in Four Divisions namely – Bhopal, Ujjain, Narmadapuram and Indore covering 22 Districts and 135 blocks.

Project Objectives:
To Increase knowledge level of Public health care providers viz. ANM,MPW, ASHA, AWW thereby encouraging them to adopt appropriate diarrhea management practices and making them to use ORS an d Zinc repeatedly for management diarrhea cases.
To Mobilize and strengthen the district level public health care delivery there by ensuring adequate supply of ORS-ZINC with public health providers at all times.
To improve the reporting formats for diarrhea cases and ORS- ZINC supplies used for treatment.
To encourage mother and care giver in-laws and adolescents in the community to seek treatment at the first sign of diarrhea.

Work Done:
Formation of Project team (1 State, 4 Regional and  45 Block Coordinators).
Orientation of Project team
Three days training of block coordinators as TOT