Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

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

 
 

Updates

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Pregnant women and lactating mothers along with children and adolescent girls are provided with need-based integrated health and nutrition solutions on village health, sanitation and nutrition days (VHSNDs) on assured basis in Bihar

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The radio station at KVK Barh has generated considerable awareness among people on issues like seasonal diseases, safe childbirth and the importance of using toilets

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Ahrauli village in Buxar, perched on the banks of the mighty Ganga in the north Indian state of Bihar is on its way to becoming open defecation free (ODF). Villagers here are taking their task of dissuading neighbours and fellow villagers from defecating in the open, very seriously.

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The workshop deliberated to strengthen the state guidelines for ODF verification.

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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

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Special camps are being organised in the state at public health facilities where haemo-dialysis sessions are being provided at half the market price.

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The PHED-CGRC is also developing a mobile application for the officers to view the complaint.

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

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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:

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Thousands of women from rural areas gather in Patna to share how the Gram Varta initiative has brought about a change in health, nutrition and sanitation aspects of their lives.