Marathwada Gramin Vikas Sanstha (MGVS) works mainly in the area of health, education, rural water supply and sanitation for rural and urban poor. Their vision is to strengthen grassroots initiatives for socio-economic uplift of people working in downtrodden areas. They focus on working with rural and urban women, children and youth through promoting community based development programmes in their target areas.
MGVS believes strongly in people’s participation in all its interventions at every stage, whether it is planning, implementation, evaluation or monitoring.
Their programmes in 2012-13 were as follows:
Community Mobilization (Link Worker Scheme) under HIV/AIDS prevention and control programme: This project was set up to reduce the spread of HIV and incidences of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Aurangabad. The project was implemented in 100 blocks and reached out to 43,199 vulnerable people. They also organised health camps, cultural events and rallies to increase the participation of high-risk groups (HRGs) in the awareness building events.
Prevention of STI and HIV/AIDS among non-brothel sex workers: The goal of this project was to halt and reverse the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among the target population and to provide quality services for their sexual health need in districts in Aurangabad. They conducted community events, activities for promoting condom usage, integrated counselling, testing, STD care and support and much more. They reached out to more than 1,000 people and took more than 13,000 one-to-one sessions. The programme conducted check-ups for 3,605 female sex-workers and distributed 452,833 male condoms.
Advancing a Tobacco Control Programme: As part of this initiative this organisation conducted district and block level sensitisation workshops, workshops for civil society partners, NGOs in the district and for media persons in addition to other activities. 352 district-level government authorities and 112 block-level authorities were sensitised about sections of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (COTPA) Act. Vaijapur and Khultabad areas were declared a smoke-free block under the programme. All nine sub-districts of Aurangabad displayed signages of COTPA Act, Section 04 at every government office at that level.
Community Based Health Monitoring (CBHM) under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM): MMGVS was part of a CBHM project under the NRHM and facilitated interviews, data collection, training of concerned persons and preparation of report cards.
Paediatric AIDS Initiative (PAI): This initiative is part of one of the national HIV intervention programmes to impact Children living with HIV/AIDS (CLHA). Their project was implemented in eight areas in Aurangabad. Outreach workers (ORW) met CLHAs at least once a month, and educated them or their caregivers about the importance of adherence to anti-retroviral drugs and adherence. They ensured that children adhered to the treatment prescribed and referred all cases with new or severe health problem. Funds were also provided to subsidise their transportation costs. They also linked them to government schemes that would provide them with financial support.
Rural water supply and sanitation project: MGVS created awareness about water purity and safety and set up 120 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in 24 villages. Community level committees participate in the process of water planning. They provided drinking water to drought-affected village communities to four villages and built four tanks storing 2,000 litres of water.
Income Rs2 cr
Expense Rs1 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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