Celebration of Important days

World no tobacco day: We have been celebrating the no tobacco day since 2002. Rallies were organized in the villages to build awareness

International Woman's day: International Women's day is a significant day in every woman's life and we celebrated this day with enthusiasm. This year we have celebrated this day with women participating in debate in 10 villages in 10 villages where the women, girls, anganwadi, ANM, Asha workers sector supervisors and the mahila surpanch participated in the competition and shared the knowledge between them. The adolescent girls played some indoor games and shared their ambitions as to what changes they wanted to bring in their villages.

World Health Day

A huge camp covering about 20 villages was organized in Nasrullagang where around 15 doctors participated and checked around 2000 villagers. Cancer camps were also organized in Babai, Bankhedi with oncologist from Nagpur. Around 15 awareness camps were organized in villages. Immunization program were monitored in 10 villages and malnourished children were adopted by the organization. Adolescent girls were checked by lady doctors.

World Aids Day: On Aids Day bills and posters were used to pass on the message to the people slogans were also used as there is still a lot of ignorance regarding HIV/Aids. Jan Aakansha staff organized nukkad natak to show dangers of aids in the third world.

Water Recharge and Restoration: Jan Aakansha organized a debate like last year on water recharge and restoration in palasdoh and three more villages. The villagers were made aware of water conservation and recharge.

Intervention with women

Women in the rural areas need to be involved in various developmental program for the success of the implementation of the program. We believe that women need to actively participate in the decision making process about their health issues or issues concerning the family.

Health has been a major concern in the district with very high maternal infant mortality rates, anemia during pregnancy and post delivery. Working on the health of women has been a priority since inception of the organization. We have organized health camps for women to assess their gynae related problems. The constant intervention with women has brought women participation on a different level and participation in decision making has grown due to the economic independence. However there is a lot desired and to be done to change the scenario at the grass root level.

Infant Maternal mortality rates have been very high in the rural areas and the organization has constantly worked on educating the women with constant dialogue and empowered women the village health as well as the economic growth could be sustained. Thus we focus on gender equity and equality in the society.

Intervention for children

Children have been always the priority of Jan Aakansha when working towards change. We believe that children are the most willing for change and can be easily mentored. We are working on issues of malnutrition, adolescent health, general health and awareness, menstrual hygiene, education, tobacco control with children. To nurture and inculcate healthy behaviors in them we have organized sports activities in the villages.

Malnutrition is a major threat to child survival in the district of Hoshangabad. We have worked in collaboration with the government and a local hospital to fight malnutrition. We adopted malnourished children in the villages, made visits to their homes and continuously monitored their growth, provided them with supplementary food. We have been able to get good results as 90% have started showing improvement in their growth. These children are provided with regular check-ups.

Adolescent health has been a concern since we have been working which continues to be a focus. We have organized adolescent health programs wherein adolescent girls have been made aware on issues concerning reproductive health. Menstrual hygiene has been a major concern in these areas with many health issues related to them. Under this program there have been regular health check - ups and girls have been informed on the nutritional intake. Health and hygiene during menstrual cycle is pivotal and thus awareness on the topic is built by conducting awareness programs.

Education for children is another area of our work. We believe that in order to have a developed and progressive society, children have to be educated. When children are in school the elimination of child labor is ensured. We through our CBOs have ensured that every child goes to school, there is no drop out and increased retention. The emphasis is on girl child education, we organised school enrollment campaign to enroll out of school children. The CBOs are involved in monitoring quality of mid day meals in the schools. They ensure the teachers attendance in schools.

Tobacco control in villages is another program that we have implemented since long and continue to do so. The children are made aware of the ill effects of tobacco and the health problems due to the consumption of tobacco. We have formed many children groups to monitor the schools and the villages towards tobacco free school and village. We attempt to nurture the inherent talents of the children and keep organizing programs where they can showcase their talents. Sport and other curricular activities are organized on various events. We make the families realize that children also are able to think and provide suggestions in the family matters. They have a right to participate in household affairs and they need to be involved in the decision making process.

The organization has been working in development of these children to build them, enhance the capacities as children are the future of the society. To get best results in the community the organization has strategized for the cause as given below. Awareness programmes on Health and Hygiene. Awareness on ill effects on Tobacco. Awareness on the importance of education and reduce the dropout rates. Gender sensitization program. Organising sports festival for children.