Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA)

Bihar Voluntary Health Association (BVHA)

Bihar Voluntary Health Association is a secular & non-political registered organization which is a network organization of voluntary organizations, charitable hospitals, health centres. It was established in the year 1969 and got registered in February 1970 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, Bihar. BVHA pioneered the movement of Voluntary Health Association in India. Other State Voluntary Health Association that have sprung-up in many states of India, including the Central Body Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi after BVHA's inception. BVHA works to make Health a reality for the people of Bihar especially the weaker section of the Society through Voluntary organization with the active involvement and the participation of the community. BVHA has been contributing immensely by providing impetus and direction to the Community Health in Bihar State for the last 44 years.During the initial years BVHA was mainly involved with the hospitals and relief activities during the natural calamities. Gradually it stepped down to the grass-root level NGOs and put effort to make a network of voluntary organizations directly associated with the mass and responding to their health needs with the involvement of large network of 127 members and more than 300 associates at present. Now BVHA not only conducts relief but also actively involved in capacity building programmes of voluntary organizations and developing model programmes for the major health problems e.g. Sexual Reproductive Health Issues, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Diarrhoea, IDD, Kala-azar, water bornediseases, tobacco related diseases , life style disorder etc.

Fakirana Sister's Society (FSS) , Bettiah

FSS is a secular non-profit organization registered under society registration act 1860 in the year 1956 and it is an active network member of BVHA, Patna. It is situated in Bettiah, West Champaran district of Bihar. FSS has been putting focus on health, education and social development in the rural and slum area of Bihar. FSS has made effort to make people aware and develop sustainable system in the village particularly for health care and women empowerment. Linkage development with state’s health and development system is the major emphasis of the organization. It has been working with the aim to work with the people, so as to make the community involved for overcoming the problems, which exist in the society. Primary focus area of the organization are mass awareness, community mobilization, community health promotion emphasis on SRHR, safe drinking water, girls education, women empowerment, gender sensitization, leadership development, capacity building of various stakeholders, Advocacy at block and District level for the marginalized community for their rights and entitlements.

Duncan Hospital:

Duncan Hospital continued to make its presence felt as a premium health care centre, catering to the health needs of Northern Bihar and neighboring Nepal. The Hospital was started by Dr. H. Cecil Duncan in 1930, and later set on its present course by Dr. Trevor Strong and his wife Patricia, establishing a fine surgical and obstetrical tradition. The hospital was managed by 'Regions Beyond Missionary Union' until 1974 when it was handed over to EHA. It is located in the North West region of Bihar bordering Bihar and is the only secondary referral centre run by the voluntary sector for 3 districts in North Bihar (6 million people) and Southern Nepal (5 million people). The service priorities of the hospital are Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Dentistry and Radiology.

SRHR Project:

Community empowerment on Gender Equity to access Reproductive Health Rights in 2 districts of Bihar.

This project was identified with the discussion with the network partners during our network meeting held last year. Our networking partners especially the bordering districts have experienced a big problem regarding the sexual reproductive health issues. As these districts are adjacent to NEPAL and there is high prevalence of trafficking especially for women / adolescent girls as well as the above mentioned problems make the situation more critical.

This project has been implementing since April 2012, with two network partners Fakirana Sisters’ Society, Bettiah, (West Champaran) and Duncan Hospital, Raxaul (EastChamparan). The target areas are 10 Panchayats of Majhaulia Block of West Champaran and 10 Panchayats of Raxaul Block of East Champaran.

The core of the activities are focused on individual, organizational and institutional empowerment combined with realization of conducive and enabling conditions and policies for the promotion and protection of SRHR. The target groups will be empowered to make their own choices around sexuality and reproduction and claim their rights. At the same time, civil society organizations, as change agents, will be strengthened to facilitate such processes and use their knowledge and skills to assist marginalized groups to improve their SRHR situation. Strengthening civil society is one way of voicing, promoting and claiming the rights of the target groups.

Key Strategies:

  • Community mobilization by creating awareness on sexual reproductive health issues especially for adolescents and women.
  • Training of health service providers on SRHR issues, sexual diversity & gender identity as they relate to the target groups, how to counsel clients and on improving facilities and health management.
  • Training and support to CSOs on SRHR issues, increasing meaningful participation of target groups and organizational & institutional strengthening; linking-, learning- and collaboration activities between likeminded CSOs and (local) governments.
  • Advocacy with different level Govt. Officials for better SRHR services
  • Networking with various agencies and make a state level network for SRHR issues.

Project activities are focused on the strengthening of the grass-root institutions, sensitization and orientation of PRIs, frontline health service providers, SHGs, Adolescent girls groups, Village Health & Sanitation Committee etc. During the project period repeated interventions will be conducted with the above stakeholders which results the project sustainability. Various community level awareness activities will enhance the knowledge on SRHR related issues. Several interactions will result in retention of the knowledge of the community after completion of the project.Advocacy works at the state level, District level and Block level regarding the various SRHR issues and other right based actions leads to proper access of the required services to the community especially for the SRHR related services.

Goal of the Project:

  • Strengthened civil society organisations on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights.
  • Improved capacity of service providers to deliver SRH services
  • Strengthened Capacity of the Partner NGOs (CSOs).
  • Young people, women and marginalised groups can exercise their SRHR in a more enabling environment

Main objectives of the project:

  • To increase collaboration between SRHR partners.
  • To increase the capacity of persons in CSOs on SRHR.
  • To improve the capacity of service providers to deliver SRH services
  • To do Advocacy work on the SRHR issue.
  • To involve the communities and community leaders in SRHR awareness raising activities.


Implementing NGO workers, Network organizations, State level SRHR Alliance members, Frontline Health Service Providers – (ANM, ASHA, Anganwadi Workers etc.), RogiKalyan Kendra (RKS) at PHC level and District level, Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC) at Panchayat level, Rural Health Care providers, Adolescents both male and female,Newlywed couples, Eligible couples, District and Block level ICDS officials, District and Block level Medical Officers, PRI representatives at Panchayat level, Mixed stake holders (religious leaders, opinion leaders, School teacher and other local identified reputed people), Self Help Groups for Dalit women.