As part of its Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health Programme (SWASTH) programme supported by the Department for International Development (DFID, UK) and the Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), GoB through WDC has been working since 2011 to strengthen the state response to VAWG.
- Strengthening capacities and institutionalised processes for an improved response to gender and social equity concerns across the various sectors.
- Facilitating women’s empowerment at the grassroots level through participatory learning approaches that focus on awareness and behaviour change on HNWASH issues.
- Helping build a strong and co-ordinated response and redressal mechanism onviolence against women.
This guide is intended to inform organisations and individuals wishing to implement Gram Varta or become involved in monitoring and supporting activities.
This summary presents the findings from a second assessment undertaken in 2015 to determine the Helplines’ functionality, effectiveness and efficiency, and the outcomes they have achieved for women victims of violence, and areas for further improvement.
This knowledge management strategy for SWASTH is designed as a framework for guiding the knowledge collation and dissemination activities of BTAST. With a view to provide an effective knowledge base that can support universal, equitable and integrated health outcomes across communities, this strategy aims to harness the learnings from SWASTH in the areas of health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and gender as a cross-cutting concern.
Reflection: Updates from SWASTH - BTAST (March 2016)
Prakash Kumar, Team Leader, Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), a health sector reform programme in Bihar supported by DFID-UK, says that the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health (SWASTH) programme has come a long way since it was conceptualised in 2008 and all major indicators of health, social welfare & public health department have improved in the state. Excerpts from the interview:
The radio programme features a drama on key provisions of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005. It talks about the role of District Protection Officers (DPOs) in providing relief and support to aggrieved women. Under the key provisions of the act, an aggrieved women can approach DPOs for filing Domestic Incident Report (DIR), request for short-stay homes, protection, free legal aid and medical services.
Patna: Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) released the key findings of District Level SWASTH Survey (DLSS) at a cross-sectoral knowledge s
Patna: The recently held gender sensitisation training for teachers in Patna got an enthusiastic response from the participants.
Patna: The Government of Bihar (GoB) and the Women Development Corporation (WDC) hosted a meeting in the city on March 8, 2016, to welcome Marshall Elliott, Head of Office, DFID-In