• Making Primary Health Care a Reality

Donor:  Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts

Aim of the Project: To improve quality and reach of primary health care through effective community based responses with the support of local institutions such as the VHSC, GP and ARS.

Objectives of the Project:

  • To conduct a participatory needs assessment through VHSCs, GPs and ARS to determine
    • Significant health problems and needs of the community
    • Current status of health service centres – government and private
  • To strengthen the governance role of the VHSC, and ARS through institutional capacity building
  • To facilitate community based monitoring mechanisms that will regularly identify, plan and ensure that essential health care, safe drinking water, nutrition and effective environment hygiene will be available for remote rural communities.
  • To engage the private health care providers in providing quality care to remote areas.

Geographical Area and Coverage: 2 PHCs each (total of 8 PHCs) in four districts of Bidar, Bellary, Gulbarga and Yadgir. Project covers 138 villages with a population of 2,20,637.

  • All the identified malnourished children are tracked under five steps of nutrition management for every six months in collaboration with the VHSC members and receive services such as counselling on nutrition, access to micro nutrients, nutrition supplement from anganwadi, monthly check-up
  • Approximately 2000 pregnant receive periodic monthly check up
  • 1897 disabled persons identified through disability assessment camps for receiving services such as disability certificate & pension, disability aids, physio therapy, admissions to special or regular schools for disabled persons below 14 years and provision of employment linked skill training for those above 14 years.
  • Tippy Tap Initiative – promotion of the simple measure of hand washing to prevent many communicable diseases. Facilities for hand washing such as tap and soap established in 91 schools and 123 anganwadis.
  • 20000 children below five years fully immunised
  • 41 health check camps conducted across 8 PHCs with focus on children below five years, pregnant women and mothers.

Find a detailed report on the project here.

  • Nutrition Management Programme

Donor: Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) Germany

Project Aim and Objectives:

  • Sustainable Approaches to Improving Food and Nutritional Security in Rural Population of the Northern Karnataka”
  • To conduct a baseline assessment on the extent of malnutrition in children below 5 years
    • Nutritional assessment of children below 5 years
    • To determine the current feeding practices in terms of nutritional content of families with under 5 years children
    • To understand the current response to the nutrition supplementation given through the Anganwadi centers to children below 5 years
  • To establish specific nutrition intervention packages for those identified with Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition
  • To involve local self-help groups to promote local production of high value nutrient mixes using locally available raw material and home based technologies.
  • To sensitize local level institution such as the SHGs, VHSC, gram panchayats and front line workers to their role in prevention and care of malnutrition in children in their communities.
  • To determine the baseline situation of primary education of children in the same working area.
  • To sensitize the local School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) of the local schools to promote primary education and follow up any drop out cases.
  • To analyze the impact of the NREGA scheme on the status of the commons in the working area.
  • To document the key learnings of the first three years to facilitate replication in affected areas of North India.


Geographical Area and Coverage: 2 PHCs in Gulbarga district covering a population of 50000 in 10,467 households and 4 PHCs in Bidar district

  • Awareness on growth chart and grading (Tracking of children identified with moderate and severe malnutrition).
  • Kitchen garden practice
  • Working with farmer’s groups to change the attitudes of farmers towards millets production which requires less input. This is for increasing better food & fodder security for farmer, increasing the nutritional security for the farmers and community & making them to use for self-consumption & making them to preserve the same varietal seeds for next cropping season.
  • Community seed bank
  • Sensitization of all CBOs on nutrition and food security and education issues.

Karnataka Anaemia Prevention Programme -2 (KAP2, Pilot Programme)

Donor : St. Johns Medical Research Institute, Bangalore

Project Objectives :
To test the hypothesis that a frontline LHW delivered screening, education and tracking intervention will reduce childhood anemia prevalence compared with the standard approach.

Geographical Area and Coverage :
60 villages in Chamarajanagar Taluk, Chamarajanagar District

  • Training for 30 selected Anganavadi workers on anemia control
  • Blood testing to identify anemic children.
  • To provide nutrition support for anemic children & mothers.
  • Treat & track of anemic children & mothers
  • Awareness to Angavadi workers & mothers on control of anaemia.
  • Nutrition supplement given to anaemic children.