Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

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


BTAST shares key SWASTH findings at a national conference

BTAST shares key SWASTH findings at a national conferenceBihar government officials and BTAST experts working in the fields of health, nutrition, women empowerment, water and sanitation and monitoring and evaluation share experiences from the state

Thiruvananthapuram: Several academicians, researchers and practitioners from across India,  got together in Thiruvananthapuram for sharing their knowledge and experience on research and practice with a special focus on health and development issues.

The conference, which was held from the 10th to 12th of December 2015, was organised by the Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) on, ‘Health and Development: Research, Practice and Policy.’

Research papers on varied topics were presented by development experts from across the country. Development interventions taking place in Bihar were showcased by experts from the Bihar Technical Assistant Support Team (BTAST). The SWASTH programme has supported the health, nutrition and WASH sectors in Bihar over the past six years and learning from this was presented at the conference.

Presentations at the conference included, ones on understanding the linkages between poor sanitation practices and adverse pregnancy outcomes, the role of a state-wide nutrition campaign (Bal Kuposhan Mukt Bihar) on Anganwadi worker’s knowledge levels, determinants of infant mortality in Bihar, the improvements seen in the services of Village Health  Sanitation and Nutrition Days, factors influencing violence against women, utilisation patterns of maternal health services in two districts of Bihar, and a presentation on Gram Varta – a community based intervention.  These were supported by an overall  presentation on SWASTH, and the successful initiatives undertaken by the programme such as capacity building, financial reforms, accountability and transparency that have contributed to better governance and improved services for people.

The team leader and senior officials of BTAST from each sector – health, nutrition, WASH, MLE, gender and programme implementation attended the conference.