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Gram Varta for Community Mobilisation and Behaviour Change

Gram Varta for Community Mobilisation and Behaviour Change

Department : Health & Nutrition

Year of Publication : 2016

About the book :

Gram Varta is a Participatory Learning and Action (PLA)
approach initiated under Sector-Wide Approach to Strengthen
Health (SWASTH) in Bihar. It mobilises women through Self
Help Groups (SHGs) to improve family health, nutrition, water,
sanitation and hygiene (HN&WASH) practices and contain high
neo-natal, maternal and under-5 mortality rate in the state. The
PLA model supported SHG members in identifying the local
HN&WASH problems and developing strategies for action.
The approach not only nurtured women’s self-confidence and
developed group solidarity, it helped them negotiate healthy
practices with family members, share information with their
family and peer networks on health and hygiene, and foster
community support for action. At a macro level, it mobilised
the community to promote healthy habits, raised the demand
for primary HN&WASH services, increased women’s active
participation, and stimulated local action for change

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