Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

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

 
 

Water

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

Khaira villagers support PHED to set up two mini water supply plants and a Water Vending Machine (also called as water ATM) to avoid consumption of fluoride contaminated groundwater.

Knowledge Bank

This guide is intended to inform organisations and individuals wishing to implement Gram Varta or become involved in monitoring and supporting activities.

Knowledge Bank

An assessment of the CLTS models implemented by BTAST, through the SWASTH programme was undertaken to understand the processes followed within each of models. The aim was also to assess the extent to which it was possible to meet the CLTS goal of making the villages Open Defecation Free (ODF).

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

This programme report has been developed to describe the water quality testing systems of the Public Health and Engineering Department, particularly with regard to the initiative taken up by the Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team under the SWASTH programme, aiming to ensure safe and sustained water supply in each and every household. It draws from secondary sources as well as information gathered through discussions with community members and other stakeholders involved in the initiative. Field level information was gathered from two districts of Bihar - Gaya and Arwal.

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This programme report has been developed to describe the Solar-based Mini Piped Water Supply Scheme that was supported by SWASTH. It draws from internal documents and conversations with different stakeholders. Information from the ground was gathered through a field trip to Dobhi and Bodh Gaya blocks of Gaya district in Bihar. The field work included some personal interviews and group discussions with external stakeholders. These blocks were selected because the initiative was reported to have brought about some changes there since its implementation.

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This programme report has been developed to describe the Community-based Operations and Maintenance of Hand Pumps scheme that was supported by SWASTH. It draws from internal documents and conversations with stakeholders. Information from the ground was gathered through a field trip to Dobhi block of Gaya district in Bihar. This included some personal interviews and group discussions with external stakeholders. This block was selected as the initiative was piloted here and was reported to have brought about some changes here since its implementation.

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:

Knowledge Bank

Even for a small village like Rampur in Bihar, which houses about 35 families, it takes multi-pronged efforts to achieve ODF status.