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  project name ~ Karibasappa Saathiship

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  Project Name


Karibasappa Saathiship













  Budget Approved


Rs 108000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Reety Arora
Sushant Sachdeva
Niket Agarwal











Karibasappa is an activist working on health and livelihood issues in Haveri district and
throughout Karnataka. He has about 10 years experience working with government agencies,
NGOs and movements. He has taught children of bonded labourers, organized Self Help
Groups and conducted trainings on RTI, NREGS, ICDS and other Government Acts and
Schemes. For the past few years, he has been active with Jan Arogya Andolana Karnataka
(JAAK). He was a fellow in the 2008-09 batch of the Community Health Learning Program
(CHLP) conducted by CHC. After the fellowship, he and his family moved to a village near
Byadgi taluk in Haveri district, where he currently works under the banner of Nirmana
Swayam Seve Sansthe, an organization which he founded.





NREGS/PDS Karibasappa used the experience gained during public hearings on health to conduct 6 public hearings on NREGS/PDS throughout Karnataka. One of these was held in Haveri dt. This has led to an awareness of and interest in NREGS in the community. Over the past year, Nirmana has been working with a population of about 15,000 in 20 villages and 5 Panchayats. Labourers'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' groups have been formed about 500 people have been mobilized - and they have been joining the NREGS unions. Trainings have been conducted on NREGA. Workers have filed job applications, but so far the district administration has not drafted any plans to provide work through NREGS. Currently, the community is busy with harvesting. But from mid-December onwards, mobilization drives and protests are being planned to force the administration to make plans and start providing work under NREGS. A new organization, Grameena Coolie Karmika Sangathane has been formed to work for the labourers of this area. This has been conceptualized as a movement, not an NGO. The Sangathane has 3 staff members, including some of the former Nirmana staff. Nirmana is now only responsible for trainings and not for the day-to-day operations of the Sangathane. Karibasappa is now in an advisory role, though he will be heavily involved in the mobilization efforts over the next 3 months. The Sangathane has received funding for the next year for its staff, but Karibasappa does not receive any salary. Other activities Karibasappa still conducts trainings in different parts of the state as a state-level organizer recently remarked, he is the ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''karyakarta-in-demand'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' for such trainings! At one training session with JMS in Potnal, he helped the team file 45 RTI applications on issues such as Panchayat funds and projects sanctioned in the district. The administration has sent out some responses, which have helped JMS, and have also paid almost Rs. 20,000 in fines for delayed responses! As a member of JAAK, Karibasappa works on public hearings, mobilization efforts etc. As a member of a statewide Anti-Communal organization, he participates in events and activities that promote communal harmony. However, he hopes to cut down on such activities in the coming year to focus on the work in Haveri.





Right to Health In the past year, Karibasappa has been working throughout Karnataka to help organize 8 public hearings in different parts of the state. His strong documentations skills have been extremely useful during the hearings and follow-up. In the process, he has learnt how to mobilize communities on the issue of health and to harness this energy to improve health systems. In Haveri dt. where Karibasappa lives, one public hearing has been held. Further, JAAK karyakartas, including himself, have been consistently following up on ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''denial of services'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' cases and monitoring the functioning of the administration. In one instance, Karibasappa filed a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta regarding lacunae at the District Hospital, including improper disposal of medicines that were past their expiry date. He provided comprehensive documentation and showed immense curiosity about the process. So, though the Lokayukta does not take complainants along when he conducts raids, he allowed Karibasappa to accompany the team to the disposal site and the hospital. The result of these investigations, increased scrutiny and awareness has created an atmosphere of alertness in the district health administration. Now, if any health-related situation arises anywhere in the district, health officials arrive on the scene before the JAAK karyakartas. Equally importantly, people in the community are more aware of their rights and have started questioning instead of silently accepting. 2-3 PHCs are now running well, with doctors and medicines available. This has resulted in an improvement in IMR (Infant Mortality Ratio) and MMR (Maternal Mortality Ratio) numbers. In the coming year, Karibasappa plans to focus on health issues in Byadgi and Haveri taluks of Haveri district. These 2 taluks have a combined population of almost 4 lakhs (2001 census). The area contains the District Hospital (DH), 12 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 80-90 Sub Centres (SCs). Karibasappa and one staff member of Nirmana will work on: ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''Denial of Services'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' cases: When such cases occur, they will follow up and ensure that patients receive the treatment they are entitled to. If the local administration does not respond appropriately, they will involve the Lokayukta''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s office, Human Rights Organizations, the media etc. Strengthening of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) network: ASHAs have been appointed in many villages, but most are not trained or equipped to do their work. Karibasappa will work on increasing the awareness of these women and empowering them to use the resources at their disposal to help their communities. Untied funds: Through NRHM, funds have been provided at every level for helping with health-related expenses. VHSCs (Village Health and Sanitation Committees) have been set up to work on health-related issues at the village level and each has Rs. 20,000 at their disposal for emergency expenses. Karibasappa and his team plan to work with VHSCs to utilize these funds effectively. All these activities will lead to the strengthening of health systems in the area and to building people''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s confidence in them.



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