Cheyutha

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Cheyutha

Hyderabad, IndiaHyderabad, India
Year Founded:
2005
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Cheyutha is a network of people infected and affected and a platform especially for women are facing challenges within their families and community, to fight for their rights and provide dignified life for the people living with HIV/AIDS

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if HIV positive couple get married. There is a possibility of them giving birth the a child who could be negative.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

1747 persons living with HIV are enrolled of which 47% are widows who are given another chance of a happy married life. The prevention of mother to child transmission project will help people from transmitting HIV to their children.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Members of Cheytha formed two support groups and started networking with government and other stakeholders to mobilise resources. This initiative will provide information, guide and support them in resolving their problems and develop confidence and provide strength to raise their voice using the legal aid services and the need based livelihood activities will enhance their income generation and provide livelihood opportunities lead a dignified life without dependent on others. It will develop a system with communities with a follow up mechanism to ensure that their issues are resolved.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Ms. Jaya, female, aged 31 hailed from Below Poverty tested for HIV at ICTC and found positive and husband also found positive for HIV, he started torturing her. Even his sons, used to ill-treat her and abuse her. Jaya gave birth to a girl baby after 18 months of marriage life in Govt. Hospital who is HIV- Negative and re-confirmed after 18 months of age. Jaya is now seeking justice for her & her daughter with the help of CHEYUTHA. Her uncertainty was secured after her husband deposited Rs.1,00,000 on her name and bought a house on her name and her name was enrolled into the service records of his employment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

There are 1747 members registered and approximately 131 regular members who attend clinic every month. 1344 consultations per year at the Clinic and 185 PLHIV treated for illness and followed-up. 31 legal issues of PLHIV were dealt and 17 issues were resolved. The key members involved 220 PLHIVs as key change enablers by promoting leadership and skill development training: Due to advocacy efforts, scaled up HIV positive deleveries in four health facilities and ensured that all HIV positive mothers will access safe delivery and provision of NVP administration. 15 orphan children are supported for nutrition, treatment and for continuation of their education and are being followed up since 8 years and coping positively. Every year around 1200 people are reached and counselled on positive living, low cost nutrition, safe sex practices and along with Cheyutha's services.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Cheyutha motto to sustain quality service, planning to work on right based approach with diversification of its activities by community mobilization, advocacy and networking with different levels of stakeholders. All the results are achieved by demanding services. For the project’s sustainability, the CBO will mobilize funds and look for donors to continue the activities .

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Though Govt. and other NGOs are providing the services, CHEYUTHA treats the patients as a family memeber and the patient is given personal counselling and home visit by one of the staff, and provide the infected positive people with skills to communicate effectively to their peers.
Team

Founding Story

During my regular pregnancy test I was confirmed for HIV positive. My husband died when my child was 9 months old. I had a vision to work for HIV infected population. I lost my husband at a young age; my child had lost her father. In 2003, I formed a Network for Positive People, LEPRA Society aided me in organising Medical Camps in the community. Women were hesitant to disclose their HIV status and seek treatment. However, when I disclosed my status to them, they would be inspired and encouraged to seek treatment. I was a first positive speaker for Andhra Pradesh and also trained 40 positive speakers for the AASHA program organized by APSACS.
About You
Organization:
CHEYUTHA
About You
First Name

Kagitha

Last Name

Laxmi Priya

LinkedIn URL
About Your Organization
Organization Name

CHEYUTHA

Organization Country

, AP, Hyderabad

Country where this project is creating social impact

, AP, Hyderabad

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Impact
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

We would like to extend our services to other districts in Andhra Pradesh and replicate the successful models developed by us.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Members’ participation in event programmes and support group meetings because of HIV status. They fear that others will come to know their status. They need support in maintaining confidentiality. Long durations while handling legal issues and lack of opportunities for their livelihood resulting in dependency or deterioration of their health, discontinuation of education of their children.

Sustainability
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

We partner with Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, NCPI + and LEPRA Society.

Closing the Loop
How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Demonstrate how closed feedback loops can make a difference in people’s lives.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

Currently it is an open platform for people who share the same views of helping the unprivileged. The organization is exponentially growing with dedicated members, augmenting beneficiaries, org activities and infinite support from all over the world. This created a strong bastion to our value added organization adding more responsibilities.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English.

2nd Round Questions
Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?

The information is collected from beneficiaries,PLHIVs.community and from outreach staff.

The information is on quality of services at government facilities.service's received from Cheyutha and also on barriers they are facing,discrimination at family,community and workplace.

The feedback loop will increase their participation and role in addressing their issues and concerns the information will be used for advocacy to improve quality services and to enhance the skills and capacities to raise voice and to make service providers accountable.

What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

Determine strategic direction

If other, please specify
What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

Phone or voice, Physical gathering.

If other, please specify
Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

Generally, the feedback is provided by the beneficiary over the phone after accessing the

service. During clinic days or support group meetings the individuals provide or share

their feedback directly to us. Currently, we are planning to use abhayaswara a web based

voice portal developed with toll free number and the voices of the concerned is recorded

as feedback and the feedback voice will be transcribed and will be shared to the concerned

officials and discussed within the team for action and the link will be emailed and follow up

will be done through meeting them personally or reminding them with mails.

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

Secured protection on information

If other, please specify
What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

Confirmation of use of feedback

If other, please specify
How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

Specific targeted outreach efforts

If other, please specify
What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

It will be used to act on the issues or concerns raised by the community and the team will motivate the users

How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

Meetings discussing results with providers

If other, please specify
How is feedback published/transparent?

Written report

If other, please specify
Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

Cheyutha has come across many rape victims & abused minors over a period of time. In every scenario Cheyutha-Lepra has tried to find permanent resolution to the situation & combat it.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

The beneficiaries will not act as mute users. This feedback will allow them to raise their

voices in improving access to services and also in addressing the issues of stigma within the

community and family.

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

Lack of funding for feedback data collection

If other, please specify
Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

No, but I would like to be on it

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?

It will improve the quality of work and ensure transparency and accountability from users and providers end

What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?

Communications – it will be more helpful for us if the concerned person will talk to us directly or in touch for any updates through phone calls. This will also help us (CBOs) to discuss directly with the concerned for any doubts.

What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?

The importance of feedback and the system developed (abhyaswara) will be shared and disseminated along with service brochures during our registration and outreach and the impact of sharing the information as feedback with results will be shared to motivate others to be part of this feedback system and interactions will be facilitated with the beneficiaries to share their experiences