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Health is a crucial indicator of social development. It is also a major segment of human capital. But, unfortunately, the health status of the majority of community members in this area is far from satisfactory. In spite of various health policies and infrastructure, the threat of communicable and fatal diseases keeps increasing. After the new economic reforms, the public expenditure on health has steadily declined and the burden of health care is increasingly falling on poor families and individuals. In simple terms, this means that healthcare becomes an unaffordable commodity for the poor.

Need of the Project
Parbhani district is one of the 100 poorest districts of India. It has 9 blocks. As per govt India finance ministry 72% population in rural India earn below rs.10,000/ per month. (its rs.6000/ only) Our block has a population of 1.15 lacks and literacy level of 63.07% (male – 77.66% / female – 47.93%). Some of the health indicators underscore the dismal situation in this district: One example can put enough light on the current unhygienic condition of girls and women. This year WHO has promoted a “Awareness week for menstruation” throughout the world. We were also a part of that. And we conducted camps of adolescent girls daily in one village. On the first day of this program, we conducted a meeting in a village and 32 girls attended this meeting. All were students of junior college. (11th -12th Std). Surprisingly out of 32 girls only 2 girls were aware about “sanitary napkins”. No one was using, and even knowing about.

About the Project
Swachh–Bharat concept need to be implemented properly in each village. This is not going to happen automatically, Or not possible only to the government people to do it. We should motivate and educate the community to implement this concept everywhere. One day in the month “Swachh Bharat” concept campaign will be arranged. All pRI members/ teachers and other important persons of the village will actually work to clean the village. Every month we will have this program. In this area 100% of the population are dependent or related with agriculture. If decided, each one can produce enough vegetables, and can keep milking animal cows or goats. Natural conditions are favourable. But due to an uneducated and traditional system they do not know healthy and hygienic practices. i.e women are not taking bath for 4 days in a monthly period, hardly a woman is using a sanitary napkin, hardly 5-7% families are having latrine at home, all families allow their drainage water to flow on road and it becomes open draining in villages on all roads. People do not wash hands with soap after coming from the latrine.

Our Aim
● Focusing on producing enough nutritional food at home and
● Motivate and educate the community to adopt healthy and hygienic behavioural practices.

Our Approach
● Awareness Camp (Public Performance) will be arranged for educating the community for healthy life
● Meeting with women and adolescent girls
● Exhibition for all villagers Besides the government having rural health centers and primary health centers, the primary health center is for 5000 population and at each village there is a health worker/ Aanganwadi Sevika. The mortality rate is very high in the district, it is 10.49% for new-born children, and 22.46% within one year and 27.01% in the first five years. In primary health centers only 56% pregnant women come for check-up, and only 15.65%. children between the 0-6 years age group turned up the checkups. Naturally this is affecting very badly on the health status of women and children, which we are suffering already. We see the possibility of improving current health status by creating awareness and proper education for the masses. We hope we can change the mindsets of society within a short period.