Oral Health Promotion for Women in Rural Karnataka, India through Women Self Help Groups - an IIM Model

Oral Health Promotion for Women in Rural Karnataka, India through Women Self Help Groups - an IIM Model

Kanakapura, IndiaBangalore, India
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

The main focus is on improving the public health, reaching out to the poor and needy sections of the society both in rural and urban India.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Health Disparity is universal phenomenon and true for oral health also. The oral health disparity exists in terms of rich and poor, rural and urban and between men and women. Main reason being lack of awareness, inequitable distribution of service providers, who, cost of care, unavailability of services and no budgetary allocation or oral health policy at national or regional level in India . This situation makes the oral health services unaffordable and way beyond the reach of our rural population. Thus, primary prevention of oro-dental problems through education, and making available of services and empowering women population to afford these services is the need of the hour and it is high time to activate such strategic programmes for this population.

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

Increasing the knowledge : to create awareness among the rural population the women self help group will be given health education every Friday in a month , as a routine programme for one year which will cover 57 SHGs and a population of 1425 in around Halasuru. To improve the access to services: The women attending this education programme will get the free screening and the treatment at RHTC a satellite center from M.R.Ambedkar Dental College in Halasuru village, Kanakapura taluk, Ramnagara District. Monitor the Cost: For the sustainability of this programme with the help of funding from the Asoka a micro insurance plan will be provided for these women who can avail the treatment in the centers free of cost.
Impact: How does it Work

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

To address the above issues the Women Self help Groups (Stree Shakti) is selected Stree Shakti is a women self help group established by the Dept of Women and Child welfare to empower women economically and socially by organizing them in self help groups. At present 1, 30,000 rural Stree Shakti groups (Self help Groups) have been formed in the state and 19.00 lakh women members have been organized in these groups. Hence there will be a oral health education programme organized for the members of the women self help groups which covers the population of 1900000 rural women. To increase the access with the help of teaching dental institutes a dental health centers will be established in the areas where there is no dentists or dental services available .where the services are made available at subsidized costs . For the Sustainability of the centers the manpower at the clerical and non clerical level will be employed from these groups who are active members of the community which creates employment to these women. Finally to monitor the cost for the services micro insurance schemes in the model of ASHWINI ACCORD will be formed with the banks and the self help groups and the organization as a linking agent. This micro insurance enables the women of self help group and the members of her family to get the services from the center.
Sustainability

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

This is an very innovative programme and we have not come across the peers or the market competitors for this programme.
Team

Founding Story

In our pilot programme a 65 year old women said that the information and programme was very useful for her and she expressed that she wanted the treatment for her missing teeth. Few other women expressed that their children are suffering from oral health problems and asked us how to prevent it. These interactions of rural women were very encouraging and made us think that such programme will be beneficial to them.
About You
Organization:
Trinity Care Foundation
About You
First Name

Dr.Tony

Last Name

Thomas

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Trinity Care Foundation

Organization Country

, KA, Bangalore

Country where this project is creating social impact

, KA, Kanakapura

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The goal of this initiative is to improve oral health of rural population in India, thereby health and overall development of the rural population.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Not evaluated as the project is in the pilot stage

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Over the next five years we are looking to achieve min of 10 dental health center each serving population of 30 thousand, who have been educated regarding oral health and insured for health.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

There are many challenges mainly resource in terms of mobilizing manpower, money and to overcome the socio cultural barriers of rural population.

• Partnership with the teaching dental institutes.
• Clerical and non clerical manpower active women from the self help group will be employed for this programme
• Fund raising from philanthropic institutions
• Involvement of village leaders, gram panchayaths and other governmental agencies in the programme.
• Because of employing the self help groups’ women, villagers will have faith in the programme and make them access the health center.
• The education level of the women in SHGs is very low and to create awareness and deliver oral health education for them skits, role play and demonstrations will be done.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

The programme will be evaluated every six months to assess the effectiveness feasibility and acceptability.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Training the volunteers and staff involved in the programme

Task 2

Baseline data collection and assessment

Task 3

first six months it is expected to cover the 57 SHGs (population of 1452 women) with oral health education and screening for the

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

To cover TWO Taluk level SHGs

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

In a month 4 oral health education programme will be conducted for 3 self help groups at time

Task 2

Establish one partnership dental health center

Task 3

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Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

Trinity Care Foundation and M.R Ambedkar Dental College & Hospital are conducting School Oral Health Programs and Outreach Programs for Slums and Rural Areas.
We are conducting Health education, screening and treatment programs in Schools in rural areas. Outreach programs are being conducted in Villages with the association of Governmental agencies focusing on Health Education and Dental Treatments.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

We have conducted similar health education programme against tobacco use for school children and college students in Bangalore.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

• Organizational design
• Personnel management
• Communication and information systems
• Management by objective
• Programme evaluation and review techniques

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Comments

stavewalker (not verified) /

The women attending this education programme will get the free screening and the treatment at RHTC a satellite center from M.R.Ambedkar Dental College in Halasuru village, Kanakapura taluk, Ramnagara District. www.teethwhiteningkits2you.co.uk

stavewalker (not verified) /

to create awareness among the rural population the women self help group will be given health education every Friday in a month , as a routine programme for one year which will cover 57 SHGs and a population of 1425 in around Halasuru www.teethwhiteningkits2you.co.uk