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ACTION:How the journey began and is continuing
Hospital for Women and Children
In 1979, Dr. Devyani Dangoria with personal resources started the Dangoria Hospital for Women and Children in village Narsapur, Medak District, in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana State). The Dangoria Charitable Trust was established two years later.
The 20 bedded hospital is located on 4 acre plot of land in a scenic spot on the edge of a forest, opposite a lake. It has an inpatient ward and a modern operation theatre, besides the outpatient ward. Rooms are available for the patient's relatives to stay.
Services provided :
A friendly home shelters over 40 elderly of both the sexes. The demand is great since the charges are flexible and very reasonable and care very good. Several inmates are sick and infirm. Energy saving solar water heater has been installed.
Health and Nutrition, Environment Outreach Programmes
This programme was initiated by Dr Mahtab Bamji (Director grade scientist retd., National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad) in 1994, when she joined the Trust as Emeritus scientist. Effort is to develop strategies for improving nutrition security. The three A approach of creating Awareness, and improving Access at an Affordable cost to balanced diet (food security), safe environment and drinking water, and health care outreach, is adopted, through community participation.
Women Health and Nutrition Entrepreneurs and Mobilisers
A successful model of health care delivery through trained Women Health and Nutrition Entrepreneurs and Mobilisers (HNEMS) was developed. The results were encouraging. The health workers advised the community, particularly mothers on health and nutrition, and treat minor ailments. The community paid them for their services. They registered all pregnant women and ensured anti-natal check-up, immunisation, and promoted institutional deliveries, and family planning. HNEMs recorded deaths with age and cause and births with birth weight. Results in 5 villages showed marked improvement in women's knowledge of health and nutrition and reduced peri-neo and infant mortality markedly. Improvement in birth weight and child nutrition status was also observed. This approach can be applied for training ASHA workers. (Regional Health Forum, WHO, South East Asia Region, Vol 8, p,92,. Bamji MS, PVVS Murty, Williams L. and Rao Vishnu Vardhan. Maternal nutrition status & practices and perinatal, neonatal mortality in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. Indian J.Med.Res. 127: 44-51, 2008). Electronic copies of training manual are available free of cost.
Low-cost latrines and model for waste water disposal
DCT has developed and promoted a two-pit model of low-cost latrine, and a model for waste water disposal through soakage pit. The latter had marked impact on cleaning the village environment and reducing morbidity. (Murty PVVS, Rajgopal, K. Rao, MVV, Bamji, M.S. Strategies for augmenting rural sanitation and drinking water supply-impact on environment, health and women's awareness. J. Rural Technology. 1: 271-275 2005).
Improvement in access to safe drinking water to a settlement through re-commissioning of defunct bore wells, preventing wastage through diversion to a cistern with taps, education, and its impact on KAP regarding water health and sanitation and water-borne diseases.
To prevent of wastage of bore well water, a model of diverting the water to a cistern with taps has been developed. In one village solar pump operated system has been set up. The model helps to prevent wastage of water and stagnation of spilled water. Four persons can simultaneously collect water. This project was funded by the WTI programme of the Department of Science and Technology, GOI and donation from Biochemicals and synthetic products Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad..
Production and marketing of neem seed powder
In the village Chipalturti, one SHG is producing and marketing neem seed powder to be used as biopesticide and biofertiliser.
Nutritionally promotive and environmentally sustainable farming for micronutrient security
Indian diets are qualitatively deficient in vitamins and minerals due to low intake of fruits, vegetables, pulses, millets and animal products. To increase the household availability of micronutrient- rich foods, agriculture diversification from water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugar cane to nutritionally- oriented home-stead gardening, and cultivation of pulses and millets using green methods of farming, is being promoted. Back- yard poultry using high egg-yielding varieties has also been introduced. Health and nutrition education forms an important component. This approach improves household food security and helps environment by conserving water and chemical fertilisers and pesticides. It is a continuing activity funded under different projects supported by the Department of science and Technology and the Department of Biotechnology. Though a family approach is used, women and adolescent girls are the major target.
Bamji MS, Murty PVVS, Vishnuvardhan Rao M, Satyanarayana G. With technical support from N.Venkateshan. Diversification from agriculture to nutritionally and environmentally promotive horticulture in a dry-land area. Sight and Life,25: 38-42, 201;,
Murty PVVS, Bamji MS, Rao VVM, Prasad VLK, Promotion of backyard poultry for augmenting egg consumption in rural households. Ind.J. Nutr.Diet.20, 50: 15-155,2013;
Murty PVVS, Vishnuvaradhan Rao, Bamji MS. Impact of enriching the diet of women and children through health and nutrition education, introduction of homestead gardens and backyard poultry in rural India. Agric. Res. 5(2)210-217 (2016).
Development of adolescent girls through science, technology and skill development
A Project on "Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Adolescent Girls on Health. Nutrition, Environment and Social Issue in selected villages of Medak District of Andhra Pradesh-supported by the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) ,RC, Bangalore, was initiated during 2010. Education in health, nutrition, environment, gender and other societal issues was imparted through focus-group discussions, and centralised and village- level awareness and training programmes. Training in farm and non-farm skills was being imparted. Results showed that adolescent girls are a enthusiastic learners and good agent of change.
Bamji MS, Murty PVVS, Rao VVM, and Tara MS. Injd.J. Nutr. Diet.50:102-110, 2013.
Food Processing cum Training Centre
DCT has started a Food processing cum training centre, under a registered society Mahila Udyog. Central Food Technology Research Institute(CFTRI) Mysore provided technical expertise in setting up this centre with funding from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. The objectives are: to prevent wastage of farm produce, generate employment for women, and develop nutritious and convenience foods. Women are trained in the preparation of these products The products listed under Mahila Udyog are marketed.
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