Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences

Community Services - Projects : Service to Rural People

Developing A Multi-Sectoral Approach Model
for Sustainable Health & Development (Sponsored by SIDA)

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“ Developing A Multi-Sectoral Approach Model
for Sustainable Health & Development”
Sponsored by: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Pravara Medical Trust, Loni in collaboration with Linkoping University, County Council of Osterogoland and University of Skovde, Sweden designed a unique “ Multisectoral Approach Model for sustainable health & development in 235 selected villages of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra “. The model will be developed and tested in the target area for three years (2006-2009) with an estimated cost of 12.5 crores Major contribution to the tune of 7 crores has been committed by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency(Sida),Sweden for the Project.

The services of the Model will be available to 235 villages covering a population of 400,000,belonging to drought-prone and tribal talukas namely Shrirampur ,Rahata ,Sangamner ,Shevgaon and Akole of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra . The direct beneficiaries of the Project would be vulnerable sections of society – women ,children, adolescents & youth, indigenous & poor people and public at large.

The Project aims at improving the maternal, child & adolescent health status through increased access to health care on Swedish pattern, promoting e-health for improved health care delivery and empowerment of people, bringing socio-cultural behavioral changes in personal and environmental hygiene & sexual and reproductive health rights including safe abortion and HIV/AIDS, and gender equity and male participation, and research in transgenic plants, quality of breast milk and awareness for low cost locally available nutrition rich food for improving nutritional status of women and children and low cost herbal remedies for control of viral infections.

The major intervention areas and activities of the model include

  1. Improvement of Services
    Provision of maternal & child health (MCH) care, emergency obstetrical & new born care and primary health care at village level on Swedish Pattern
  2. Gender inequality & Socio cultural Aspects
    Raise awareness, bring behavioral changes and organize advocacy ,counseling and empowerment activities at individual(health workers and target group-school teachers, farmers, religious leaders, opinion leaders , women activists ) & community level with regard to health environment, gender equity , sexual & reproductive health rights of youth, and HIV/AIDS.
  3. Awareness Generation
    Capacity building (training/workshops), Awareness generation & Empowerment
  4. Nutrition
    Research in Biotechnology (stress tolerant & salt resistant crops, breast milk, propagation of local foods rich in nutrition and low cost herbal remedies)
  5. e-Health
    e-health to improve access to health care, empower for better utilization of resources, and welfare schemes of the government

Project Partners

  • Pravara Medical Trust (PMT), Loni, India
  • University of Linkoping (LiU), Sweden
  • County Council of Osterogotland (CCO), Sweden
  • University of Skovde (UoS), Sweden


Collaborating Partners

  • Government of Maharashtra, India
    1. Medical Services (Dist. Civil Surgeon, Rural Hospitals)
    2. Health & Sanitation (DHO & BDOs)
    3. Social, Women and Child Welfare Dept. (ICDS, DWACRA)
    4. Rural Development & Poverty Alleviation (DRDA, TRYSM)
    5. Education (Higher Secondary Schools, Colleges)
    6. Agriculture & Biotechnology
    7. Tele-communications (BSNL)

  • Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences-DU, Loni
  • Yeshwantrao Bhangre Memorial Trust, Akole
  • Medical Mission Secular Institute (Nityaseva Hospital), Shevgaon
  • PIERNS, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Babhaleshwar
  • Other Sida Partners (MAMTA,IIM, Ahmedabad Aadhar, Lawyers Collective etc)
  • Community Based Organizations (PRIs, Mahila Mandals, Farmers Clubs, Youth Clubs etc)
  • Other like minded organizations – Andhasradha Nirmulan Samiti, Vysana Vimukti Samiti etc