Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK

 
 

Nutrition

The nutrition sector has been supported by SWASTH to address systemic andhuman resources challenges, and streamlining processes and systems, as well as building evidence and strengthening governance.  
 
BTAST areas of work have included:
  • Improved management and technical capacity for the SWD and ICDS.
  • Improved human resource management as well as strengthened capacities of ICDS frontline functionaries
  • Catalysed demand generation for essential HNWASH services through community based approaches.

 


Related Resources

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The Government of Bihar (GoB) setup the Manav Vikas Mission (MVM) for 2013-17 with an aim to introduce a range of interventions that facilitate holistic development of human potential in each individual, especially those belonging to the most disadvantaged groups. Bal Kuposhan Mukt Bihar (BKMB) campaign is one out of several initiatives taken up by the different departments of GoB to support MVM. The strategy included - communication for behavioural change; capacity building for providers; improving community’s access to services; enlisting community participation; and encouraging a collective approach. The three key activities of the BKMB campaign included – training of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) functionaries, provision of equipment and supplies to the Anganwadi Centres and an behaviour change communication campaign for community people.

Knowledge Bank

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.

Knowledge Bank

Reflection: Updates from SWASTH - BTAST (March 2016)

Interview

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:

Article

Patna: Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) released the key findings of District Level SWASTH Survey (DLSS) at a cross-sectoral knowledge s

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Reflection: Updates from

Knowledge Bank

Communities take on an active role to scrutinise records and give feedback on the government run Anganwadi Centres that provide health services to women and children.

Interview

The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, also locally known as JEEViKA, aims for social and economic empowerment of rural poor in the state. Aided by the World Bank, JEEViKA is managed by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), an autonomous body under the Department of Rural Development of the Government of Bihar (GoB). Excerpts from an interview with Shri Arvind Kumar Chaudhary (IAS), CEO-cum-State Mission Director: