Apeksha is one of the pioneered organizations in Maharahstra who is being worked for building discourse around health.
We create and empower a cadre of community health workers, who serve as links between community and various public and private health facilities also providing paramedical aid to the villagers. We also collaborate with the Government and private frontline health personnel including doctors, ASHA workers, Aganwadis workers and ANMs.
Our main objective is to strengthen social accountability of public health and social services through promotion of multisectoral community-based processes.
We work for :
- Developing community-based accountability processes to increasing ownership of community for Public Health facilities as well as increased responsiveness of service providers
- District nodal agency for Community based monitoring and planning of health services (CBMP) for National Rural Health Mission
- Execute community health and sanitation program
- provide safe drinking water and avoid health issues
- To impart personal and community hygiene practices along with behavioral change
- To reduce malnutrition cases
Major mile stones:
- 9 villages during 1980 to 1988 covered under, “Reduction of expenditure on health, infant mortality rate (IMR), malnutrition, it resulted in regular practice of medicine with realization of no side effects on health.
- 13 villages with the support of UNICEF in 1989 covered to provide safe drinking water and avoid health issues. It includes construction of 3000 individual and community sanitation blocks, construction of 100+ platforms of handpump and open well, construction of water recycling unit, soak pit, compost pit, community and individual kitchen garden and community toilets. Till date ……….. familes covered under this program
- To impart personal and community hygiene practices along with behavioral change to child to child, child to parent and parent to community approach adopted under school sanitation program supported by UNICEF during 1995 to 1998 in 30 schools of Amravati district. It includes hand washing, practices, water handling practices, waste disposal, solid/liquid management etc.
- The hygiene and sanitation program have been expanded through WaterAid in 1998 to 2004 for replication of above mention activities and development of IEC material.
- To reduce the malnutrition among the children in 25 villages of Melghat region AHS initiated with the support of OXFAM, India in 1991. It includes supplementary nutrition, health and medicine services, strengthening and lisoning for improvement in Govt. health services. This has resulted in reduction in IMR, awareness generation, use of medicine and increased accountability of Govt. officials
- Building Community Action for Nutrition (BCAN) process from 2019 in 40 villages in Melghat employs an innovative approach which utilizes community-based monitoring for the strengthening of the nutrition services. In order to accomplish this, the community is made aware of their rights and entitlements. As a result of this awareness, the members of the community are able to identify the gaps in the nutritional services and highlight them which results in an improvement in the services.
- The National Rural Health Mission has initiated Community based monitoring and planning of health services (CBMP) as a participatory, multi-stakeholder process for promoting accountability, transparency and responsiveness of public health services while improving their implementation. Since 2007, Apeksha is District nodal organization in CBMP process in Amaravati district.