The Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights SRHR program supported by Dutch Alliance is operational in 2 blocks of Odisha state, Kujang block of Jagatsinghpur district and Kahlikote block of Ganjam district. The objective is to ensure SRHR is part of the ongoing health activities in the states where the programme is operational, through sensitization, capacity building, coalitions, advancing the advocacy agenda, comprehensive sexual health education in schools and out of school, and networking with like minded organizations. The program is for a period of five years.
VHAI since the inception of the programme in the state of Odisha has focused on:
Intensive sensitization programmes with the service providers including doctors, paramedics, ANMs and male health workers were being organized at the beginning of the project. The ASHA trainings could connect more than 200 ASHAs, 100 ICDS workers and 30 ANMs with the project.
VHAI Aparajita and Restless Development, as part of the alliance have also initiated CSE in schools and out of school through sensitization programs with children and teachers, as well as community members. This was primarily to build upon an understanding on SRHR, and work in a collaborative mode.
With a focus on advocacy for advancing youth friendly services at the health care facilities, two ARSH clinics were activated in both the blocks. These ARSH clinics are regularly visited by local adolescent boys and girls for counseling sessions during which they are sensitized on the issues of SRHR, they speak to doctors and share sexual health concerns.
There has been slow, but a steady acceptance of these clinics in the community.
ASHAs and Anganwari workers are the key links to the community, and their work in the area of early registration, ANC checkups, safe delivery and complete immunization is being strengthened by trainings, record monitoring, enhancing service delivery at PHC and CHCs and interactions with adolescent boys and girls of the community.
Identification and capacity building of five local NGOs in each of the 2 blocks has been done to facilitate coalition building and advancing the SRHR agenda.
The alliance partners have met thrice this year during the field visits by SIMAVI to Odisha; two capacity building workshops hosted by VHAI and review workshops of all key staff members of the alliance in the city of Delhi. An SRHR manual has been put together, to be finalized after the consent/feedback of all partners.