Here are some of the amazing projects that Equal Health are currently supporting

  • $5,000 donated to the toilet project - supplying toilets for villages (made by women) where fertiliser is made from the waste.
  • $2,000 injected into an education program for HIV in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.
  • $2,000 to support an assistant teacher for the SEVAI school in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.
  • $5,000 being contributed towards an education program at Shishur Sevay home for children with disabilities.
  • $5,000 towards the Sanitary napkin project at Anandaniketan in Katwa, West Benga l, Providing affordable sanitary napkins to women in low-income communities within India, who otherwise do not have access to the such products, in India teenage girls living in these areas are unable to attend school while they are menstruating and miss on average 3 months schooling per year. Anandaniketan, where the Sanitary Napkin machine will be located, provides residential care to 350 children, adolescents and adults. The residents have physical, mental and/or intellectual disabilities and many are orphans. The machine will also provide employment for the girls we will train to operate and maintain it.

New equipment to support out India teams

  • Dental Portable units, dental handpieces and LED scalers.
  • Optical - Vertometer and Retinomax auto refractor
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Audiometer

This has all been made possible by the hard work and dedication of our incredible Australian Health Professional volunteers and committee, the very generous donations, the Indian communities and everyone else who has supported Equal Health over the years. Thank you for making this possible.


Supporting an assistant teacher for the SEVAI school in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

Disabled Children Project

This program aims to provide good quality education to disabled children in the rural areas of South India by financing the salaries of skilled teachers. Those teachers are working in SEVAI Shanthi Matric School, in adapted building and with adapted material, and are actively involved in the education and the well-being improvement of the children.

The program is implemented in South India, in the Tamil Nadu state, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) district. More specifically, the project is implemented in Shanthi Matric School, near Pattavaithalai.

Presentation:

SEVAI disabled children school provide high quality and personal education to mentally or physically handicapped children.

The school takes care of 29 children, aged between 4 and 12 year-old. However, some students with particular learning/emotional difficulties study in the school until the age of 15 with vocational education focus.

Divided in two classrooms, the Disabled Children Children school employes two full-time teacher, two full-time assistants and one part-time staff for the cleaning of the building. Children are learning by playing under the supervision of the staff and by practicing Tamil, Maths and basic English words.

Beneficiaries:

Equal Health is supporting the school by providing the salary of one of assistant  teachers. The presence of this staff allows the children to study in two separate classrooms with the same quality of cares. Actually 29 children are directly impacted by the project and are able to study in good conditions, 14 in the classroom managed by the people supported by SEVAI.

We would like to say thanks to Equal Health Australia for its support to such a need project.

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TOILET PROJECT

Construction of Toilet

SEVAI thought about sanitation:  

  • Sanitation is more important than political independence
  • Religion and Sanitation
  • A lavatory must be as clean as a drawing room
  • Perfect sanitation makes an ideal village
  • Sanitation for minister and Menials alike.

Similarly SEVAI is also implementing not only sanitation program to cover all the category of people in the project areas but also conducting Health and Hygiene Training within the Village.

About the Project

"Perfect sanitation makes an ideal village".   Since Independence the government of India has been planning to initiate Health and Sanitation. In tune with his initiative the central government has implemented the Swachh Bharath Mission (SBM) in October, 2014. The SBM has made up to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages all over the country.   The SBM momentum has been continued to cover up in every nook and corner of the villages.

The Honorable Chief Minister vision of Tamil Nadu 2023 aims at providing the best infrastructure services in terms of universal access to water and sanitation. The goal of an open defecation free Tamil Nadu needs to be achieved through multi-pronged strategy by organizing all stakeholders into a mass movement to root out the practice of open defecation.

Clean India is one of the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, but this dream is unfulfilled, this programs is launched to give tribute to Gandhiji and fulfil his dream - Narendra Modi.

Objectives:

The size of the Individual House Hold Toilet is 4.8' length x 4.8' breadth x 6.5' height with pre-cast cement roof and Cooling sheet facilities of 50mm thickness with doors and ventilation.

  • To accelerate sanitation coverage in rural areas in order to achieve the goal of open defecation free Tamil Nadu in a time bound manner.
  • To actively involve the various stakeholders such as Panchayat Raj Institution representatives, Self Help Groups, Panchayat Level Federation (PLF), field functionaries of various Government departments, etc., in the eradication of open defecation.
  • To sustain the practice of safe sanitation through continuous Behavioral Change activities.

The Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHLs)   are to be constructed with twin-leach pit models with   using the cement concrete rings inside the leach-pit as lining. These pits can also be constructed with locally available rough stones   for lining the pits so that the pit will work for longer period and serve as leach-pits for disposal of human excreta and waste water flushed from the toilet pan. The circular pits with 3 feet dia and 3 – 5 feet depth below the ground-level lined with 1.5 Crusher serves a family size of 5 – 7 members for a period of 7 – 10 years depending upon the soil strata and permeability conditions.These twin pits could be alternatively used for a period of 14 years on an average and when one pit is filled and closed for one year period, the human excreta will become totally composted ones like humus which could be used as manure for kitchen garden and in the fields as the humus content would be harmful to handle at the same time serve as the nutrient for the soil.

The toilet models we promote should be acceptable to the people socially, culturally, economically and environmentally.

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SEVAI constructed 300 Individual House Hold Toilets. Around 1540 pupils are benefited through this project. This IHHL project has practically achieved behavioural change among target beneficiaries with adequate hygiene practice among the members of the families. As per the statement of Prime Minister, the dream of Mahatma Gandhi has been achieved.

Selection of beneficiaries: The beneficiaries were selected based on the following criteria;

  1. Preferences were given to women headed households
  2. Widow and separated
  3. Physically challenged
  4. Schedule caste and Vulnerable
  5. BPL and MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) workers.

HIV Project

SEVAI had been implementing HIV PROJECTin Tiruchirapalli District.The main focus of this intervention is HIV prevention, care and support and treatment, and specifically to Reach out to I.) HGRs-High Risk Groups, II) VP-vulnerable men and women, III) BP-Bridge Population such as truckers and their spouses and partners and IV) OVC- Other vulnerable children and V)PLHA People living with HIV/AIDS in rural areas with information, knowledge, skills on STI/HIV prevention and risk reduction. The HIV projectis useful to reach out to the rural population with the focus among the high risk population such as youth, women etc. The program will cover 100 most vulnerable villages through a mapping exercise. The high risk group identified through this Link Workers Scheme of SEVAI implementing Target Intervention in the Trichirappalli district for promoting behavior change and linked with other services

  • High Risk Groups(HRGs): are Female Sex Workers(FSWs)
  • Men having sex with Men(MSM)
  • Bridge Population (BP): the Population consists of all migrants (male and female) and truckers.
  • Vulnerable Population(VP); This group includes spouses and partners of MSMs,FSWs and spouses of migrants and truckers;out of school youth (male and female)and women in women headed households.
  • OVC-Other vulnerable children.
  • PLHA–Persons living with HIV/AIDS

WHY HIV PROJECT

  • Over the years virus has moved from the urban to rural areas

  • From High risk to general population

  • Disproportionately affecting women and the youth

  • 38% of total infections are among women

  • 37% of total infection are among young persons <29 years

  • Over 57% of the infected live in rural areas

OBJECTIVES OF THE HIV PROJECT

HIV  scheme will make an effort to build a community-centered model for rural areas. This will include an outreach strategy to address the HIV prevention, care and support and treatment requirements in Tiruchirapalli districts. The specific objective of the scheme includes: Reach out to HRGs and vulnerable men and women in rural areas with information, knowledge, skills on STI (Sexually transmitted Infection)/HIV prevention and risk reduction

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This entails:

  • Increasing the availability and use of condoms among HRGs and other vulnerable men and women.
  • Establishing referral and follow-up linkages for various services including treatment for STIs, testing and treatment for TB(Tuberculosis), ICTC(integrated counseling and testing centre)/PPTCT Prevention of parent to child transmission services)services, HIV care and support services including ART(Anti Retroviral Therapy).
  • Creating an enabling environment for PLHA and their families, reducing stigma and discrimination against them through interactions with existing community structures/groups, e.g. Village Health Committees (VHC), Self Help Groups (SHG) and Panchayati Raj Institutes (PRI).
  • The population groups that are at-risk and vulnerable to HIV infection as well as persons living with HIV/AIDS include
EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF THE  HIV PROJECT
  • A cadre of trained local people- the Link Workers and Volunteers
  • Increase in knowledge on HIV transmission, risk behaviours, HIV prevention and available health services among HRGs and vulnerable young people and women
  • Increase in knowledge on HIV transmission, risk behaviours, HIV prevention and available health services among community members
  • Increased use of condoms by HRGs, their partners and clients.
  • Increased utilization of STI management , ICTC, PPTCT and ART services by HRGs, their partners and clients

RATIONALE FOR LINK WORKERS SCHEME IN TIRUCHIRAPALLI DISTRICT

  • Large no of High risk groups in rural areas
  • Village based vulnerable youth, men and women
  • Large no of Bridge population (Migrants and truckers)
  • Challenges in reaching prevention services in rural areas, Emphasize its more on local level (district to village coverage) and Convergence.
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination against Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

AREAS OF CONVERGENCE

  • Have coordination, regular meetings and experience sharing with programmes addressing HRIs and bridge populations in the Districts.
  • Work with the communication campaigns and initiatives to address HIV/AIDS issues.
  • Work with District-level departments.
  • Manage the integration of services.
  • Work with PRI institutions.
  • Work with officers of RCH, TB, and NRHM (National Rural Health Mission).
  • Facilitate and monitor integration of support and treatment.
  • Promote synergy between HIV/AIDS initiatives.
  • Facilitate social support to PLHAs and families.