Community Empowerment

Swasthya Swaraj gives equal importance as health clinics, to the empowerment of communities with a view of making possible meaningful community participation and community action for health. Different cadres of people are being trained regularly in order to build up their capacity and competence towards achieving this.


Swasthya Sathis are village women selected by the locals during village meetings at one per hamlet. 92% of the women are tribal out of which 90% are illiterate or semi-literate. Accessibility to healthcare facilities is an important factor in health promotion and is a big problem in tribal areas. Presence of these Sathis in each village is one step towards solving this problem and empowering the village community in health. ´╗┐Read More...


Field Animators are educated local youth mostly tribal youth (plus Two and above) who are the fulcrum of the Swasthya Swaraj comprehensive community health program. They conduct village meetings, organize awareness programmes, compile data, supervise Swasthya Sathis and take part in other village level programmes. There are at present 12 field animators. In the long term, we will be building their leadership and managerial skills.


And Who Are They? These are literate (minimum class eight) local tribal youth who are trained especially for carrying out national control programs. So far, the training has been focused on malaria and TB control. They also support the Swasthya Sathis and the Field Animators in carrying out their work effectively. These youth will later be trained as barefoot vets in the villages.


The continuous search for an alternative, innovative solutions to revitalize primary health care and improve the health of the poor residing in remote unreached areas led us to set up a cadre of Community Nurses. These are young women from amongst the people who help in not just the last mile delivery of the services, but also build the ownership of the community to part take in their own healthcare improvement. Read More…


TULSI Programme was conceived by Swasthya Swaraj after seeing the plight of tribal adolescent girls in Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi district, Odisha. 90% of them living in remote villages and hamlets are illiterate and invisible. This is an attempt towards comprehensive community health in order to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity.


Health Promoting School is born out of our quest for improving the deplorable health, education and nutrition status of the poorest of the poor school-going children in tribal villages. It sure is an ambitious programme envisaged to transform the fifteen non-functioning government primary schools into nodal points of health and nutrition promotion in the villages and centres of academic excellence. Read More…