Teachers Training on Sensitisation and Training of Trainers (ToT) in Nandakumarpur, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

A Training Programme on "Sensitisation" has been organised for government and private school teachers in Nandakumarpur, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India from 3 November – 5 November, 2016. Total number of 23 teachers was present in the Training. From the later half of 5 November another Training has taken place for the Trainers up till 6 November 2016 which catered 4 trainers. The Training has been taken place in Nandakumarpur. The Training was excellent in terms of content and generating the skill of thought process among the teachers. The two Trainers Mr. Jos Bergcamp and Mr. Martin Kessels were from the Organisation Yojana, Netherlands and have quite an immense experience of teaching and that too with the children having learning disabilities.

The focus of the Training was how to deal with children with special need like learning disabilities and the need to identify and analyse the causes why a child is behaving like that and act to resolve it accordingly; these children should not be punished rather they should be dealt with special care and involved in different tasks. Here, the aspects of learning disabilities namely dyslexia, dyscalculia etc have been focused. In addition, also little bit of discussion on Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well.

Following this Training, another Training has taken place namely ToT where the trainers were trained so that they can play the roles of ambassadors in the Project area to train and give support to other teachers concerning the content of the Training. At the end of both the trainings, the participants were honoured with certificates from Yojana.

World Diabetes Day

The World Diabetes Day has been observed on 14 November, 2016 at Sabuj Sangha's Rural Hospital Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan (SSSS). In the Programme the blood test has been done for identification of diabetes for 60 people and free medicine has been distributed.

Sanction of AmbedkarHastshilpVikasYojana (AHVY)

Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, DC Handicrafts has empanelled Sabuj Sangha for implementation of AmbedkarHastshilpVikasYojana (AHVY) for the locations of Mathurapur II, Patharpratima and Sagar blocks of West Bengal.

CEO, Canon visit atSolgohaliaNimnaBuniadiVidyalaya and inauguration of Vocational Training Centre at AalorDisha(An urban unit of Sabuj Sangha

The CEO of Canon visited our Project in Sol Gohalia village on 1 Sept, 2016. 257 people were present in the Programme including 20 representatives from Canon.

The Programme was started with a welcome song by the school students, followed by a group song and dance. CEO has visited the entire school campus including the Vision Centre, Resource Centre, art and craft exhibitions, all class rooms, sanitary block and the additional class room. He has inaugurated a vocational training centre at the Peri – Urban Unit of Sabuj Sangha. He has participated in the activities like distribution of spectacles as two children were identified with the vision problem during monthly checkup received spectacles from the CEO; also, watering plants was another activity which was planted by him in the last year; he also distributed prizes for the drawing competition to the six children from different classes; school bags were also distributed to the children.

Staff Capacity Building Programme on Community Health Programme in Sunderban

A Staff Capacity Building Programme has been organized on 27 and 28 July, 2016 at Sabuj Sangha's Nandakumarpur Unit, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. All the Health Project staff and few hospital management staff including senior management team have participated in the Programme. All the health workers have also been present in the Programme. Total number of 43 participants has been present in the Programme.

The Programme started at 11.00 am in the morning with the Self Introduction session followed by a small speech of the President of the Organisation where he emphasised on the importance and interlinked feature of health and education.

After that, the Director has explained the Objective of the Programme and also described everybody's role in the Programme. He further tried to provide clarity about each and every word namely, 'community,' 'health', 'community health' and the importance of 'community health programme.'

Further, the organogram in view of Community Health Programme has been presented for the smooth implementation of the programme in future. The Programme Manager has given a presentation on 'Community Health Programme' and emphasised on the deliverables; he requested everybody to have a thorough idea about it and course of action for achieving it.
Followed by the job description of each and every member through group activity which has been reviewed in details later and identifying the gaps accordingly so that it could be addressed for the better implementation of the programme followed by a clear roadmap which described the destination.

Another significant discussion was based on target versus achievement and discussions on the gaps of last quarter and the plan of action for future to address such gaps. In addition, target for next quarter has also been discussed with an emphasis on variance analysis, government schemes and also observation of some important days (World Health Day, World AIDS Day, World Diabetes Day, International Day of the Girl Child etc.

Followed by a session on challenges that are faced which and a point wise discussion has taken place on how to overcome these challenges. A session has been conducted on community mobilisation which is a very important component of the Health Programme and what are the important qualities that a person needs to possess to engage him into effective community mobilisation. A SWOT analysis has also been facilitated by the Director to get an effectual idea of the Programme and a consensus among all the members of the Programme.

Also a detailed session has been coordinated with the members on financial management. As a part of sustainability, a pilot scheme has been launched based on the micro health insurance where the plan is to bring around 50% of the total population under this scheme within the next 3 years of time; annually Rs. 150 subscription fee will be paid by the beneficiaries which will be included the consultation fee and some of the medicines. This subscription fee will include 4 members of each household and services will be available for 24x7.

Empanelled with IICA

It is our pleasure to inform you that wehave achieved a prestigious status of empanelment with the Ministry of Corporate Affairsand IICA, IA Hub Code: A000257 We are really thankful to Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs for providing us with such significant status.

The Hans Foundation CEO Visit

A Senior Level Management Team from our one of the most important Institutional Donor 'The Hans Foundation' consisting of two members namely Gen. S.M.Mehta, CEO, and Dr. G.V.Rao, Executive Director have visited our Project Area in Sundarban, West Bengal on 15 July, 2016. It has been a very successful one day visit. They visited our Rural Hospital (Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan) to get an idea of how the Community Health Programme (supported by The Hans Foundation) is functioning there. They met most of the staff members of the Programme to have detailed discussions on the Project. They also met with some of the governing body members and also the senior management of the Organisation. All the staff members were delighted to meet them and shared about the Project quite thoroughly. The Visit has also been complimented with their spontaneous movements and interactions with the Community. They visited other programmes related to the thematic areas of Education, Livelihood and Women Empowerment and Water, Sanitation, Hygiene. On the one hand, they were quite content and keyed up with the Visit and to see the community presence of the Organisation and on the other all the members of Sabuj Sangha are quite encouraged and motivated to continue with the good work incessantly for the vulnerable community of Sundarban. They also provided their valuable inputs regarding strengthening the Programme.

A Stakeholder Consultation in Mahabatnagar Village under Nandakumarpur GP, South 24 Parganas

A Stakeholder Consultation was organized in Mahabatnagar Village under Nandakumarpur GP, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal on 12 June, 2016 on the multi – dimensional work of Sabuj Sangha with special emphasis on the different thematic approach and their significance in the community. The Meeting started at 11. am in the morning and ended at 5. 00 pm and total participants were 71. Director Mr. Ansuman Das and the Regional Manager Mr. Asok Bhattacharya were present in the Meeting.

Director shared certain concern about the prevailing problems of the community namely early marriage, increase of child labour due to migration, inaccessibility to health care services by the community people especially the senior citizens and also the inaccessibility towards the RSBY claims. In the suggestive measures, the Residential School of Sabuj Sangha was mentioned by the Director which is aiming at reducing child labour; a significance of forming Village Committee to deal with the community issues namely child labour, high risk pregnant mothers to reduce IMR and MMR, door step health services to senior citizens, unemployed youths etc.

Discussions have also taken place on the software developed and used by Sabuj Sangha to identify high – risk mothers and as a mitigation strategy for migration, youth should get a loan to run the battery driven van namely 'toto.' In addition, committees should be formed with adolescent youth to address sex related issues namely trafficking and that's how the community awareness should be created. An announcement was made by the Director on the Free Health Camp organized by Sabuj Sangha on USG support, dental check – up, blood test, eye check up and distribution of spectacles free, general health check up etc. Community also shared their observations and suggestions like to deal with the women suffering from menopause and also senior citizens and these are the categories of people who should get doorstep services; not only providing loan but also training is required for kitchen gardening for the unemployed youth. The community also suggested that the formed Village Committees should be monitored regularly. As an outcome of the Meeting, it was decided that three Committees would be formed namely "Para Committee" with 3 male and 3 female members; secondly, the "Village Committee" with 6 males and 6 females and finally the Central Committee of Panchayat in which representatives of the Village Committee would be the members. It was also decided that he first Village Committee Meeting will be held on 18 June, 2016 at Mahabatnagar in the No 2 Free Primary School.

Inauguration of USG Machine in Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan

A USG Machine was inaugurated on 14 June, 2016 in Sabuj Sangha's own Rural Hospital Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan in Nandakumarpur, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. The Machine was funded by ONGC and inaugurated by Mr. Nirupam Banerjee, GM – Support Manager, ONGC, MBA Basin, Kolkata. Mr. Shibaji Sengupta, GM, CSR, ONGC, MBA Basin, Kolkata was also present in the Programme. Total number of 299 patients was receive USG support on that day. The representatives visited the entire Hospital including OPD, IPD units.

Also, met with doctors, health workers etc to understand the healthcare services that are provided to the community. Presently, the hospital is of 50 bedded but the plan is to make it additional 30 – bedded Eye care unit. The representatives also visited the extension part which is under construction. They were quite happy to find out the commitment with which the health workers are working presently and also talked about the challenges they face. They suggested that one emergency number should be provided to the community people so that in the case of emergency they could contact the Hospital immediately. At the same time also, doorstep services to be provided to the senior citizens as well was another suggestion from them. Mr. Ansuman Das, Director of Sabuj Sangha and Mr. Arunabha Das, Head of Resource Mobilization was also present in the programme.

Inauguration of GERMAN BAKERY in remote Sundarban

For the first time in Sundarban, Sundarban Mahila Swanirvar Gosthi Cooperative Society Ltd (a Cooperative Society) has initiated a Bakery Project in remote Sundarban (Nandakumarpur GP) on 13th December, 2015. The Factory has been officially inaugurated by German Consul General Mr. Olaf Iverson. Project has been initiated with a target of producing 2000 breads and 1000 cakes every day.

The Project is initiated with a collaboration of 'Hanseatic India Forum e.V.' This German NGO has provided financial support of Rs. 11 lakhs for the equipmentsand the training for making cakes, breads and cookies along with the Society providing financial support for buying the raw material and the remuneration of the workers.

For the probable market, the Cooperative is looking for Sabuj Sangha's own school, college and hospital and also getting dealerships to sale the products in the local markets.

Monthly Report on Mobile Medical Camp (Madarihat Block)

For the month of March-2017

Madarihat block is situated near the Bhutan border in northern part of the west Bengal. Most of the people of Madarihat Block live in Tea Garden area. Their main occupation is tea garden worker. For the time being, most of the tea gardens of Madarihat block have been closed down due to some technical problem. So, many of the labourers have no income source to maintain their family properly. That is the big challenges to them to overcome this critical situation. People get water through a pipe line, which is connected with Bhutan. The pipes are often damage yet; there is no initiative for repairing either by the Panchayat or by the garden owners. Safe drinking water is very big crisis in the closed and sick garden areas. Men and women even little boys and girls carry water in big polythene jars hanging on both sides of bi-cycle from far sources. Collection of water is the most important issue in their daily life. As such, using unsafe water regularly causes dysentry, diarrhea and other water brone diseases also skin related problem etc.

From 3rd March 2017, Friday, we had started mobile medical camp in six different closed tea Garden areas of Madarihat block under Alipurduar district. We are providing health checkup & treatment services to people through mobile medical camp in six (6) tea garden areas selected by BMOH of Madarihat block. The six tea garden locations are-(1).Dhumsipara, (2). Hantupara, (3).Garganda, , (4) Birpara ,, (5) Dimdima , and (6).Tulsipara (kuheli club) tea garden. We visited the fields for medical camp in different six places according to microplan, recommended by CMOH. Mobile Medical Camps are conducted for six (6) hours, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It has been observed that; the people of these mentioned tea garden areas are usually suffer from different kinds of diseases like gastro-intestinal problems, hypertension, sugar, anemia etc. People of these tea garden areas are also suffer from few environmental health problems as skin related problem, itching in hand and legs etc. The impact of arsenic poisoning in water is quite visible; the most common symptoms are respiratory ailments, fever with cough, weakness and difficulty in breathing. The major digestive system related symptoms is intestinal gas, pain in lower abdomen etc.

Moreover; the people of that mentioned areas were not getting proper treatment by qualified MBBS doctor, because most of the tea gardens of Madarihet block have been closed. There is only one BPHC hospital in Madarihat block and from our every camp, BPHC hospital is nearly about 15 kms away. People of these areas can’t avail government service due to distance factor also financial constraints. That is why we organized mobile medical camp programme in these six different places, which is under National Health Mission (NHM).

We had conducted 25 such mobile medical camps in March 2017. In these camps health of all the men, women, children aged persons were checked, examined and provided mediines.

During the reporting month, total 1771 patients were treated through our mobile medical camp. Among them, 133 patients received diagnostic tests according to advice of the doctor. 44 patients were referred to higher facilities to Birpara State General Hospital for further treatment. Most of the patients with itching, hypertension, diabetes, cold and cough problems were cured through our camp by getting proper medicine.

Special cares have been provided to pregnant women through different kinds of test like HIV, Hemoglobin, Blood group etc. The pregnant women were also provided medicines to like Calcium, Iron tablets etc. according to doctor’s advices.

This is a very big challenging work to cure the patient in short time through mobile medical camp. It needs long term process. Government should take further initiative to provide more facilities for the patients through medical camp.

Monthly Report on Medical Camp

For the month of April-2017

In the month of April 2017 we organized medical camp in six different closed tea garden areas of Madarihat Block. Most of the areas of Madarihat block are covered by tea gardens. People of those location, were suffering different kinds of diseases. The most common symptoms for respiratory ailments are fever with cough, weakness, diabetes, hypertension and breathing problem. The major digestive system related symptoms is intestinal gas, pain in lower abdomen etc.

In April 2017 we had organized 23 medical camps in six different places; (1) Dhumsipara, (2) Hantupara, (3) Garganda, (4) Birpara, (5) Dimdima and (6) Kuheli club Tulsipara. Total 2163 patients were checked during April 2017 and among them, 56 were the pregnant mothers, Children with diarrhea were 89 and children with ARI were 54. Blood test done for 154 patients and 47 patients were referred to higher facilities to Government Hospital.

In Dhumsipara tea garden, people were suffering from cold and cough with fever, hypertension and anemia etc. We have provided appropriate medicine to the patients according to doctor’s advice.

In Tulsipara tea garden we have seen most of the patients of this garden were suffering from itching. Itching was found on whole body of the patients. Those patients were suffering for 2 years. They collected medicine from our medical camp. Next time when we visited the itching patients, we found that the problem was cured than before to a certain extent.

In Hantupara tea garden, people were suffering from anemia, diarrhea and diabetes etc. According to Doctor’s opinion, 95 per cent patients were suffering from anemia in Hantupara tea garden. We have given Iron tablets and syrup, Complex tablets to all anemia patients through medical camp.

In Dimdima tea garden area, we found hypertension patients. 90 per cent patients were suffering from hypertension. All patients were aged. Most of the patient’s BP levels were 200/100, 180/110, 160/90 etc. Doctor referred those patients with high BP level to the nearby Government Hospital for higher facilities, even though we have given BP control medicine to the patient through our medical camp according to doctor advice.

Most of the patients of Garganda tea garden area were suffering from Diabetes. The blood sugar levels of those patients have been checked through medical camp by qualified Lab Technician. We have provided sugar control medicine in our camp. Many of the diabetes patients became normal by taking our sugar control medicine.

In April, we have also given family planning counseling to all the eligible couples in six different medical camp locations by GNM nurse, during medical camp. She advised the couples by giving family planning materials.

Monthly Report on Mobile Medical Camp (Madarihat block)

For the month of May-2017

The tea gardens are located in remote places and so, there is no garden hospital. The location of the BPHC is very far from the residences of tea garden workers. When they suffer from any disease, they can’t avail government facilities going to government hospitals as they have monetary problem. They also cannot do hard work for their weaknesses and hypertension due to insufficient food intake except collecting tea leafs. Continuing of the garden owners and the government created such an atmosphere in tea garden areas where primary treatment has remained a distant dream. It is observed that considerable numbers of people are illiterate, especially among the adivasis. That is why they don’t know how to take care of health.

That is why; during this month also we conducted medical camp by MBBS doctor in six (6) mentioned tea garden areas of Madarihat block.

In our mobile medical camps, every doctor has checked the patients very carefully. We have provided different types of medicine to the patients according to their needs.

This month we conducted 26 medical camps in mentioned six different tea garden areas of madarihat block. Total 2347 patients were checked by MBBS doctor and diagnostic tests were done for 160 patients by lab technician. We sent 75 patients to government hospital for higher facilities as referral cases. <

Through our medical camp many patients have cured by taking proper medicine. This month we found different types of patients like; gastro-intestinal problems, hypertension, sugar, anemia diabetes etc. All the time we are trying to provide good services to the patients. Now-a-days all the patients are very happy for getting good treatment. They also thanked Sabuj sangha and Government health department for benevolent services.