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  project name ~ Karibasappa Saathiship 2012

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  Project Name

 

Karibasappa Saathiship 2012

  NGO

 

VANASIRI RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (VRDS)

  Category

 

Saathi

  District

 

Haveri

  State

 

Karnataka

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 144000

 

  Year Approved

 

2011

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Reety Arora
Sushant Sachdeva
Niket Agarwal
Prerna Grover

 

Pittsburgh
Princeton
Princeton
Pittsburgh

 

  Caption

 

 

 

  Summary

 

 

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.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

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.

 

  Goals

 

 

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 Lokayuktas 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?peoples confidence in them.

 
 

  


 
 
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