Why Community-Based Approaches Work, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI, 16 March 2022: At a roundtable organized by the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) in the capital city today, three crucial health sectors – maternal and adolescent health and tuberculosis were highlighted, discussing their issues and the way forward.

KHPT works on health initiatives with the most marginalized communities across India. It bases its planning and implementation strategies on an innovative evidence-based approach with strong input from community members.

This was underscored when HL Mohan, CEO of KHPT, delivered his keynote address. He explained how the community-based approach adopted by KHPT was a key factor in contributing to the success of its programs in these three key areas. “Our experience has shown that when we take input and involve members of the communities we work with, greater and more relevant understanding emerges and our planning and strategies are grounded in the realities on the ground. In addition, there is community ownership which greatly contributes to the success of the programs.

As World Tuberculosis Day approaches on March 24, the speech of Dr. Rajendra Joshi, Deputy Director General of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Program was of particular significance. Echoing the theme of the round table, the DDG introduced the governmental angle. It looked at the different ways that policy makers can help accelerate these decentralized approaches in critical areas of TB care and support. “The government has used a multisectoral, holistic and intersectional response for ending TB. Our work also ensures that digital solutions of use are provided for a cost effective approach. »

Bringing the perspective of a grassroots movement, Dr. Dalbir Singh, Chair of the Global TB Coalition, spoke about government leadership in achieving the goal of a ‘TB Mukt Bharat’ through a groundswell across the country – a real people’s movement. “Elected representatives must be included in the TB response. This should not be limited to senior officials but also involve working with Panchayati Raj institutions. Their awareness and participation in the process is crucial to raising awareness and expanding access to services at the local level.

Following this, KHPT team members and community members talked about various aspects.

What are the barriers to TB care and how can they best be overcome? Dr. Rehana Begum, Project Manager, Breaking the Barriers, TB, KHPT shared KHPT’s experiences in addressing gender and stigma issues with very positive results. Highlighting KHPT’s adolescent programs, Ms. Maithreyi Ravikumar, Strategic Manager, Adolescent Health, KHPT elaborated on the highly successful program of Sphoorthi and others related to girl child. Maternal and child initiatives were highlighted by Maternal and Child Nutrition, Ms. Agnita R, Strategic Manager, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, KHPT.

The importance of amplifying the issue and the role of the media in this was emphasized by Ms. Mallika Tharakan, Head of Knowledge Management and Results Delivery, KHPT. A wide range of questions emerged in a discussion moderated by Dr. Sukriti Chauhan, Advocacy and Program Manager, KHPT.

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