Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

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



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

Knowledge Bank

Jehanabad is located at the confluence of the Dardha and Yamuna rivers. The district is richly endowed with ancient and medieval sites, mounds and ruins of archaeological remains of importance.

Knowledge Bank

Anganwadi Centres that have been upgraded as ‘Uddeepan Kendras’ at the Panchayat level are emerging as model centres for delivering quality services, and encouraging nearby Anganwadi Centres to strengthen their work.


While the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define the development discourse at the global level, initiatives such as the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health, in Bihar are contributing in their own ways towards making these goals a reality


BTAST’s knowledge sharing meet brings together cross-sectoral experts to give a fillip to development in the state.


Prakash Kumar, Team Lead, Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), a health sector reform programme in Bihar supported by DFID-UK, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that convergence between health, nutrition, and water and sanitation makes sense for Bihar as it is one of the most populous state and optimum use of available resources and holistic planning is necessary for development. Excerpts from the interview with Prakash Kumar:

Knowledge Bank

Knowledge bank is a centralized repository for information: a public library, a database of related information about a particular subject, and could all be considered to be examples of knowledge bases.


BTAST plans to organise a cross-sectoral knowledge sharing meet on 18th December, 2015. The main purpose of the Cross-sectoral Knowledge Sharing group is to initiate a ‘knowledge sharing forum’.