supporting health & community

We're making government systems work for our community
and helping women reach their full potential

 

Women's economic self-empowerment

Using income generation to enable
women to believe in themselves

 

Safe, reliable health care

Rebuilding confidence in failing social services

 

Creating space to meet and share

Through women's self-help groups and micro saving

 

Developing local capacity

Re-understanding the role illiterate women
can play in ensuring personal health safety

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1
2000
consultations
3
women's groups
120
increase in institutional births
314
pregnant women supported

Safe Motherhood Programme

In our Safe Motherhood Programme we provide direct, one-on-one, monthly support to pregnant women in the community, helping them feel better supported, providing quality advice and counselling, and helping them access better care from the government.

It’s been met with great feedback from the women of the community, who for the first time are being guided through a difficult time and being supported in their decision taking processes. It has led to increases in antenatal check-ups, mother and neo-natal vaccinations, and births attended by a trained health professional. This all helps protect their health, increasing herd-immunity and reducing rates of childhood illness.

Breast-feeding and nutrition counselling is helping babies be better nourished and reducing rates of child malnutrition.

Mobile clinic

Since July 2012 we have provided a twice a month mobile clinic in partnership with the Global Hospital Research Centre in Mount Abu. This was a response to our 2012 full community health survey, the results of which were so shocking that when we first presented them to the district health officer he couldn’t believe them.

In this way Hunar Ghar plays a vital role in not only gaining regular access to quality, caring healthcare for the community, but we feed detailed, regular, and reliable data back to the government about the actual situation in the area and advise them on how access to services can be improved.

The mobile clinic saw the women of Bakhel gaining their first-ever access to a female doctor, and we follow up all referrals, going so far as to escort people to appropriate hospitals for further treatment, to try and eliminate every barrier preventing people accessing the best healthcare available to them.

Women’s self-help groups

We run three women’s self-help groups. We do this to 1) develop social capital and social cohesion amongst women of the community, 2) promote community well-being through participatory mobilisation, and 3) to increase financial well-being and dynamism of women in the community.

The women meet twice a month. It provides a safe space for women to meet and discuss issues of mutual concern, as well as lead to the development of community-based support structures and activism. We aim to use this activism to identify and act on positive change through community participation.

They discuss issues such as water-borne diseases, hygiene & sanitation, and mutual support through pregnancy and childbirth.

A major activity is saving money: each fortnight every woman brings 10 – 50 to save – 20p to 50p. This is a considerable amount for them. Each group has opened a bank account and between them they have now managed to save over £600! It’s inspiring to see the big changes they are able to make through incremental activity.

3
groups
2
years running
28
women
58895
saved so far

Supporting household income

We do this in two ways – savings groups and income generation, both through our women’s self help groups. By supporting household income like this we’re able to indirectly address sensitive issues or elements of complex problems. We’ve increased the earning power of women in the community, giving them greater economic power in the family. It also reduces the need to go unregulated local money-lenders who charge high interest rates. This, and the sense of well-being that comes from being more independent, reduces pressure on women in the community.

Increasing income positively impacts familial health and increases family stability and child attendance at school, but both reducing the need to migrate for manual labour, and reducing the need for child participation in economic activities.

We’ve initiated incense-stick making for the women in Bakhel, seen right, to help do this.

We don’t need to travel 5 km to the Primary Health Centre, but it will be better for us if the mobile clinic can provide us with 10 days of medicine instead of 3 to 4 days.

Mali devi on the mobile clinic

This service is provided by Hunar Ghar and Vishnu madam & you are available here that’s why I came for check up. I trust you that I can explain my problems with you and you will help me with doctor’s treatment process.

Ramila on the mobile clinic

During previous delivery time my daughter-in-law faced complications and she becomes so weak and we needed to spend money for both baby and mother’s health. But during this time’s delivery she has not faced any problem or any complications and it is because of you. We followed your advice for taking care during pregnancy and due to taking TT injections this time her delivery happened safely and normally and mother and baby are very healthy.

Jija’s mother-in-law on the safe motherhood programme

I love to come in SHG meeting. I get good information from Vishnu madam. I like playing games and sing a song in meeting. For first time I have participated in a survey. Hunar Ghar gives me opportunity to take survey experience. I really enjoyed it.

Bila on the women's self help groups

My family is not supporting to me in my saving. But I know this saving is useful for my future. More saving is good for emergency work. I am doing labor work and from that earning I am saving money.

Tari on micro-saving for household income support

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