Sustainability programs

Sustainability programs are designed to make AYUSH projects self-sustaining in the long run. Community participation is encouraged through such programs as AYUSH Sevaks, AYUSH Sangas and Networking.

AYUSH Sevaks & Sangas

AYUSH Sevaks are persons who serve locally as a consultant for traditional health matters. AYUSH Sevaks volunteer to act as a Health volunteer for a population of 100 and help people during illness. 473 such persons in Kolli Hills block have been identified and 463 have been trained as AYUSH Sevaks in the use of simple AYUSH medicinal drugs.

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During the reporting period, AYUSH Sevaks have been followed up with. They have distributed AYUSH medicines for simple ailments to 43,909 patients so far.

AYUSH Sangas (clubs) are established in Panchayats to support project activities and ensure sustainability of interventions.

Statistics

AYUSH Sangams & AYUSH Sevaks Up to June 2012
# of AYUSH Sangams formed 14
# of AYUSH Sevaks Identified 473
# of AYUSH Sevaks trained 463
# of people attended/advised by AYUSH Sevaks 43,909

Networking of support groups

Interface meetings have been conducted with 30 Health care providers including Block Medical Officer, Community Health Nurses, Village Health Nurses and ASHA volunteers. Interface meetings have been conducted with ICDS Staff, Forest officials, Health officials and District officials. Matters such as the fact that the Project is being implemented in an operational research mode to determine its replicability have been discussed. The poor health seeking behaviour of the population of Kolli Hills have been studied and the Project’s awareness generation campaign to counter this issue have also been brought up.

Interactions between the AYUSH Isha team and the traditional healers of Kolli Hills have also been held to decide the by-laws and office bearers for the society to be registered for promoting local traditional healing practices.

Special Events & Networking Up to June 2012
# of local AYUSH practitioners identified 60