India has a limited healthcare infrastructure to cater to the needs of a vast and growing population.
Many studies suggest that there is a dearth need of qualified health workers in villages and in urban areas as well.
The lack of proper health care facilities is puts people at risk of having to travel long distances to access basic services.
Manjari Foundation trained active SHG women as 'Jan Sakhis' in 100 villages to survey/ collect information on the health status of women and the community. Jan Sakhis also organise health camps to create awareness, and connect professional doctors with patients in dire need of medical services with the help of cloud based tele-medicine tablets.
Jan Sakhi’s are equipped with a basic kit containing equipment for BP testing, oximeter, thermometer etc. They using smart tablets loaded with health software to carry out tests and update data.
Jan Sakhi : A health frontline friend of community
There is need for a comprehensive Covid care response starting from awareness-creation to helping people cope with corona virus infection, all aspects of prevention, care, treatment and post Covid recovery as well. To do all these things a dedicated community cadre is much required in the community.
Our Jan Sakhi’s served communities by checking for symptoms in villages, testing oxygen levels and helping them to isolate in their homes or in local quarantine centres, as well as assisting in hospitalisation when required
Nutrition and Maternal Health
Promoting Preventive Health Care
Conducting Medical Health Camps
Health camps are organised at regular intervals to meet the general and specific needs of communities. These health camps provide preventive and primary healthcare as well as specialised care for TB patients and mother and child health.
With the objective of creating awareness on hygiene practices among women, adolescent girls, & school children, sanitation drives were held to motivate children to use & maintain sanitation facilities at schools, inculcate better hygiene practices in their surroundings. Children are also made to understand the importance of hand washing thus reducing the incidence of diseases.
Jan Sakhi Covid Response
In many places, isolation cum care centre centres have been opened. There are however, a lot of challenges impeding the efficient running of these centres. There is a need for trained health workers and adequate infrastructure support as well. In this scenario, Jan Sakhi can be play a critical role:
Connecting high-risk groups patients to doctors and hospitals
Helping people in home isolation and isolation centres
Post Covid recovery support – nutrition etc.
Facilitating vaccination – clearing myths, hesitancy and reluctancy
Ensuring last mile health delivery through telemedicine
Most villages now we have internet facilities with reasonable speeds. In this digital era, tele medicine can play a critical roles. The government has advised and given orders to all Gram Panchayats for creating isolation centres in their respective panchayats. Our interventions are helping to:
Support the running of isolation centres as per government design and protocols
Support to MGNREGA workers etc. at work sites
Help in vaccination drives for children, mother and general public
Listing of pregnant women and lactating mothers
Listing of malnutrition children and severe chronicle diseases patients
We are happy to collaborate with Manjari Foundation under Social Initiative Parivartan. Parivartan and Manjari share a common goal of bringing about a comprehensive and sustainable development at the grassroots. The partnership has brought about a positive change through several thematic interventions including micro-enterprise development, capacity building, health, and education. As a result of this initiative, we have seen effective community engagement and empowerment and the resident of Dholpur district (Rajasthan) continue to get benefitted. We will continue to work on similar projects to improve the lives of the less privileged through our Holistic Rural Development Programme.
Ms Nusrat Pathan, Head Corporate Social Responsibility, HDFC Bank
‘Sakhi’ means a friend in Hindi, someone who stands by in trying times and during jubilations too. 26500+ women from across 2212 SHG’s and 6 Federation have come together to be the same for each other by making Micro Finance work for them. Sakhi is a platform of rural women which aims at economic well-being, reduction in poverty, self-dependence, and development of personal and social standing in the society through establishing Micro Finance and Micro Enterprises. Hindustan Zinc Limited together with its partners Saheli Sameti and Manjari Foundation are working towards unlocking their potential and empowering them to lead as Enablers.
Mrs. Anupama Nidhi, CSR HEAD HZL
Manjari Foundation is IPE Global’s implementation partner in Dholpur, Rajasthan under the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK supported Project Udaan that aims at reducing teenage pregnancies. They have been instrumental in successfully piloting interventions for improving the knowledge of adolescents around sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Bari block of Dholpur. Their efforts in organizing a team to take up the issue of adolescent SRH and facilitating its implementation with great sensitivity across the block has not only been recognized by the district administration, but has also paved way for attempting a scale-up across the district. Their coordination with the community-level institutions, local government bodies and the target group has been noteworthy and exemplary.
Mr. Ashish Banerjee, IPE Global
Without larger vision and dedication of the team of MF and its leadership, both vertical and horizontal growth would have never been possible to pick up at this level in this short history of its evolution. Since I have been associated with the Sakhi project of MF funded by Hindustan Zinc for the last 2 years, the happiness and confidence seen in their faces of hundreds of women in the villages proves its vitality. I have also witnessed the UN-women funded second chance education project (SCE) being implemented in 3 districts under the guidance of PRADAN is a much worthy to reach out to those young women in the age group of 16-35 who have been deprived in their childhood with the education, skills and employment are now happily enrolled and trained to overcome these deprivations with much positive outcome. While writing all these statements, I recall each visit to the project area to witness the change processes that were taking place within those women who had never dreamed of being so empowered and self-reliant so soon in their lifetimes.
Binod Raj Dahal, Integrator- PRADAN
Our collaboration with Manjari has allowed us to better understand the approach of solidarity groups and concretely towards the empowerment of women in the commune of Logo.The participation of Indian PRCs has been beneficial because the women have appropriated easily by seeing that they are rural women Indian women who share their experiences with them. The Camide team was formed by the professionals of Manjari with enthusiasm and professionalism and is able to reproduce most of the activities. This period of collaboration opens up prospects for our two structures to replicate the model in Mali and Africa. We again thank Manjari for all the efforts made for Camide and particularly the Director Sanjay Kumar. We were able to reach more than 2,500 women and more than 180 million CFA francs of credit granted four test henhouses substantial support for the winter and market gardening campaign in terms of results thank you.
Mr. Aou Keita, Director Camide, Kayes, Mali, West Africa
Development of Corporate Citizenship (DoCC), the social internship program of SPJIMR has been collaborating with Manjari Foundation since 2015. This has been fruitful relationship for us. I want to emphasise the four following themes. First the internships give our students a different idea of leadership which also gives them a sense of requirements for the future and adds to the ethics of sociological content. The participants acquire a notion of innovation- both social and technical which gives them a systemic view of the society. Such an empirical location gives them both a sense of limits and possibilities of what they can do. Environmental consciousness and gender sensitivity constitute two critical parts of social responsibility as we define it today. The participants of the internship understand what these key concepts mean in everyday sense. Internship at Manjari adds to their imagination in this direction. We value this relationship.
Dr. Chandrika Parmar, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research