Our strengths

Infrastructure : SWACH has its own building in a campus of 1.8 acres of land in sector 16 in Panchkula, Haryana. The building is self contained for training. Besides office accommodation, it has well equipped conference hall with A-V aids. It has a library with good collection of books, journals, video cassettes, slides etc. which is used by the staff and the resource persons. SWACH has vehicles for field activities and for transporting the trainees to the field area in various districts in Haryana. Another building is under construction in the campus which will have additional space for training and accommodating the participants who come for training.

It has a multi disciplinary full time staff of 70 including personnel qualified in public health, medicine, obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics, population studies, epidemiology sociology, psychology administration and management and information technology. In addition to this, SWACH works closely with about 300 village based health volunteers (TBAs, Mahila Swasthya Sangh, Panchayats, School Teachers etc) and scores of health workers on an ongoing basis. It has a network of resource persons on its panel. These are experts in various fields relating to maternal and child health care.

Ongoing field presence  :

SWACH has maintained its field presence ever since its inception. This has been done in partnership with Haryana state health department. In the field area close and sustainable links have been established with integrated child development scheme (ICDS), education department, NGOs and private practitioners of modern and Indian systems of medicine and with Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).

SWACHs field activities are implemented in a field area located in Chachrauli block in district Yamunanagar covering a population of about 2 lacs (0.2 million). It is used for field training and operational/implementation research for the assessment of cost effective interventions and the processes involved. The field area is also utilized for hands on training of the participants in various training courses. Specific areas in which SWACH has been involved include domiciliary care of low birth weight babies, elimination of neonatal and maternal tetanus, management of acute respiratory infections, management of birth asphyxia and promotion of home based maternal and child linked cards. The ongoing presence of SWACH in the villages, partnership with the government and the linkages established with NGOs, private sector and community based organizations have increased the access of maternal and child health services to the poor and the vulnerable. This has lead to an overall improvement in the health services provided. Some of the work done by SWACH in its field area has international implications and it has been replicated in other developing countries.

Capacity development  :

SWACH has more than 15 years experience in designing training packages for different levels of health care providers including providers in different social sectors. The training packages match the job description of different categories of providers and ensure that the technical content matches with the needs and the capacity of the providers. The training packages include various job aids like video, photograph booklets, drills, and monitoring forms. Step by step guidance is an integral part of training guide. Training courses are successful if they are well planned. A section on planning is included for the course managers. SWACH faculty has been trained in national and international training courses to develop a high level of competence and commitment. It has organized training at national and international levels on various different aspects of maternal and child health care. The training courses have been organized for the doctors, health workers and health volunteers in the government, private and NGO sectors. The training has been backed up by follow up after training, supportive supervision and provision of supplies and commodities. This has helped in incremental acquisition of skills, and enhanced the motivation of health workers.

Research and documentation :

SWACH takes up various operational and implementation research studies that involve assessment of interventions, their implementation and the processes involved. The research findings are documented and shared with appropriate authorities, donor agencies and people interested in the field. Some of the areas in which SWACH has made substantial contributions include birth asphyxia management, IMCI follow up after training, neonatal death investigation by verbal autopsy, male reproductive health, adolescent anaemia, adolescent pregnancy and social marketing of contraceptives and sanitary napkins. The findings of research and the experience gained have influenced or reinforced many policy decisions of the government of India and national programmes in developing countries.
 


 


 


Contact Information

Address : sector 16 panchkula Haryana  India

 


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