Health is an important component for healthy living and LEADS is determined to provide quality health care services, particularly for those in remote and difficult areas in order to reduce morbidity and mortality. Gender and human rights issues to disadvantaged groups and adolescents would be given highest priority, with the aim of eliminating discrimination in the provision of health care at all levels and in all sectors.

Initiative for Transparent, Accountable Governance System in Jharkhand (Good Governance)

The project aims at improving quality, coverage and access to information regarding public services in Health and Nutrition as well as successfully standardizing, demonstrating and replicating innovative processes and best practices that address key constraints in information delivery, service provision and empowerment of self-governance bodies by state and district-level authorities or service providers. LEADS under the project have identified 95 Village Health, Nutrition and Sanitation Committee (VHSNC) and orient them in different phases on their roles and responsibilities towards accessing health and nutritional services from the Government Institutions. LEADS on other hand organized Public campaign and Information fair to create mass awareness and generate demand on various government schemes like, benefits of Institutional Delivery, Janani Sishu Surakhsa Yojna, Take Home Ration (THR), benefits from ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services), etc. Capacity building is another important component and for this, LEADS with District & Block officials have oriented health frontline workers i.e. ASHA, ANMs, Sahiya on the service delivery mechanism to the community. For the sustainability of project, LEADS have developed a format on Pictorial Assessment of AWC (Anganwadi Centres), where members of VHSNCs (Village Health Nutrition and Sanitation Committee), WSHG (Women Self Help Group) filled up the format to monitor the health services provided by the Government and are also serving as a check list for the frontline workers to update their stock of medicines and other equipments.

Health Camps:

In order to address the healthcare needs of the underprivileged population, LEADS have intervened and organized health camps in different district of Jharkhand. The project is being implemented in partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra. The project seeks to address problems of mobility, accessibility and availability of primary health care with a special focus on children and women in the urban slums and villages of Ranchi district. After identifying the locations and a detailed study on the need assessment, the project was launched and set off for operations. The Smile on Wheels team constitutes Project Coordinator, Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Driver and a Community Mobilizer. General Diseases (fever, cough and cold), blood pressure and diabetes, eye infection, weakness, itching, antenatal care (ANC), gastroenteritis, hypertension, body pain and skin diseases are the top ten diseases in the descending order which are being treated on regular basis. In addition to these, community awareness sessions are being conducted on vital issues pertaining to child, mother and family health.

LEADS has been organizing Health Camp in urban slums as well as villages from the last 4 years in District of Ranchi, Khunti, Ramgarh, Latehar & West Singhbhum of Jharkhand. Health camps were organised in Ranchi, Khunti and Ramgarh slums and villages and till 2017 more than 5000 people have been benefited through this programme. Through this programme free check up and medicine from three days to one month as per doctors advice was provided to the patients. Through this programme LEADS also tries to spread awareness regarging issues on nutrition and personal hygiene especially for women and children. LEADS also works to promote preventive measure among the community so that they will be conscious about their health and link the community with Government health facilities.

Bal Sashaktikaran Abhiyan – Ensuring Nutritional and Educational Rights of Children (0-14 Years) in Bandgaon Block of West Singhbhum District:

In collboration with India Literacy Project LEADS is working in 40 villages of Bandgaon block of West Singhbhum district. This block is tribal dominated and having a number of issues, like health, education, livelihood or deliverance of Yojnas at ground level. Through this project the LEADS team is trying to address the needs of 0-14 years age group children with the objective of improving the status of nutrition in schools and anganwadi centres. The team is also taking up health and nutrition issues at AWC level and for that regular visit to VHNDs (Village Health Nutrition Day) is being done by field facilitators. The project is ensuring that all the services will be delivered during VHND day with proper growth tracking. Supplementary nutrition is regular in the intervention AWCs and hot cooked meal is provided to the beneficiaries.

Status of 2015-16:

Name of the Project Donor Intervention Area Number of Beneficiaries Covered Theme of the Project Achievement
Good Governance European Union & Welthungerhilfe Torpa Block of Khunti District, Jharkhand 70% of the total popolation of the Torpa Block Enuring registration of pregnant Mothers. Anti Natal & Post Natal Check-up. Immunization for both mother and child. Take Home Ration distribution. Referral services about Govt. institutions. Reached out to 70% population through regular community meetings which has increased their awareness.Access to ‘Government Service Delivery’ by common people had been increased in both Health services.The VHNCs are now actively functional, the members are aware about their roles and responsibilities and the meetings are regularly conducted.
The VHND Pictorial Service Assessment Tool is now utilized to monitor the health services provided by the Block level Government.
People are now aware about the health facilities provided by Government.
Health Camps Mahindra & Mahindra Urban slums and villages of Ranchi, Khunti, Ramgarh, Latehar & West Singhbhum More than 5000 people Provide free health check-up by doctors and medicines as prescribed to the financially backward sections of the community. More than 5000 financially troden community people were provided with quality health consultation and the doctor also provided them with necessary medicines required to treat their ailments.
Bal Sashaktikaran Abhiyan India Literacy Project Bandgaon Block of West Singhbhum District 5033 (0-14 Year children) Nutrition and Education Services in schools and AWCs are getting regular.
Regular weighing and growth tracking of children are being done in AWCs.
Supplementary nutrition and Take Home Ration are also being provided.
The extensive works done through the project has provided recognition and the Govt. departments are providing ample support.
Allotment and further construction of AWC building have been completed in 3 villages.
The ILP team has made a good rapport with the ICDS and Education department at Block level as a result the ILP team is conducting joint visits to the field with the Lady Supervisors of ICDS department.
LEADS is also being made a member of BRG (Block resource group) by the ICDS department.
In schools MDM are being provided as per menu.
SMC along with community conducts regular monitoring of the MDM served.