Twenty four states participated in the two regional consultations organised by the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Kolkata and Delhi on February 3 and February 10, 2016 respectively.
The consultations aimed to update policy makers and programme managers on key processes in community action and innovations implemented across states, identify challenges and potential solutions to facilitate their scaling up, as well as promote mutual collaboration and cross learning among implementers. It also aimed at generating recommendations to strengthen implementation over the next phase of the National Health Mission.
The consultation brought together 108 participants, including senior government officials from National and State Health Missions, development partners, civil society organisations, panchayat representatives and AGCA members.
The National Health Mission’s (NHM) three pronged accountability framework which includes routine internal monitoring, external surveys and community based monitoring, now termed as
Community Action for Health, provides a mandate to the community to undertake inclusive need-based planning and monitoring of health services for ensuring accountability. The AGCA constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2005, provides technical support to states for community action under NHM. The Population Foundation of India (PFI) hosts the Secretariat for the AGCA.
The sessions focussed on strengthening Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees, activating the Rogi Kalyan Samitis and promoting community enquiry, through report cards and dialogue, strengthening engagement of elected women representatives and monitoring of health services through the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS).
The states that participated
Kolkata Regional Consultation: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
Delhi Regional Consultation: Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh
State representatives at the Delhi regional workshop. From left to right Dr Shailendra Patne, Madhya Pradesh; Mr Sundeep Narwani, Delhi; Dr Rajesh Jha, Uttar Pradesh; and Dr Janardan, Telangana (extreme right). Mr A.R.Nanda and Dr Sudarshan, AGCA members (centre) chaired the session.
Dr Hansraj Sharma, Mission Director, NHM, Himachal Pradesh shares an update on his state
Mr H.L.Mohan, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, at the Delhi Regional workshop
Dr Bamin Tada, Director, North-East Regional Resource centre at the Kolkata regional workshop.