With a view to achieving healthcare in totality, only treatment of diseases is not enough. Therefore, IIHH has developed an integrated health care approach with emphasis on yoga, use of herbs and plants, healthy habits and a change in attitude towards health & sanitation. It covers almost all aspects of healthcare, including medical health check-up, immunization, pre-natal care, family planning, hygienic food and safe drinking water, environmental sanitation, health education, etc. in a manner that all these become readily available and affordable to the recipients through self-sustainable management.
The International Institute of Health and Hygiene (earlier known as Sulabh International Institute of Health & Hygiene), set up in 1994, aims at achieving its objectives by developing Software and Hardware programme on health, hygiene and sanitation with an integrated approach, making the whole health program sustainable with focus on women, children, and youth living in urban slums and rural poverty areas. IIHH has completed many such projects in collaboration with various national and International funding agencies and Govt (State and Central).
Services provided by IIHH
- Awareness, Education & Training programme with community development programme.
- Publication includes – booklets, Posters, Books and training materials etc.
- Working as Mother NGOs.
- Organizing training and awareness camp in urban slums and rural set in collaboration with Govt. national and International funding agencies
- Running reading center in Toilet complexes, which creates awareness among users.
- Providing medical facilities through Toilet complexes and field visit in slums and also in medical camps with the help of Allopathic, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic doctors.
- Developing family “MEDICAL FOLDER to all family members.
- Network of voluntary blood donor.
- Developing “Population Stabilization Division Unit” & HIV/AIDS prevention center.
- Self Help Group (SHG) – Networking with special planning in urban slums and rural set up.
- Pulse Polio programme is regular practiced.
The partners are:
- Central and State Governments.
- National funding agencies – PFI, NACO, Delhi State AIDS Control Society.
- International funding agencies – WHO, UNICEF, USAID, AIDSCAP, PSI etc.
- People: Volunteers trained to act as leaders in slums and villages to promote a sense of people’s participation.
Guideline and Objectives of IIHH: at a glance
A. Software and Hardware Programme
- In Software programme: Educational, Awareness and communication programme is being taken.
- In Hardware programme: we develop model and modules and demonstrate various programmes as to how they function and can be useful for the community. Various model and modules has been developed with the help from School Authority, Community workers; NGO’s and funding agencies which will influence the outcome of the programmes. The activities include various development programmes which covers Audio-Visual programme (drama, songs, nuked show, radio, pappat show etc) by which messages will be given to the students, teachers and parents of the locality. Audio- Visual programme forms important strategies by which various important national programme are communicated to the population on the whole.
B. School Health and Hygiene: It has also been observed that School Sanitation plays an important role in the Total health care programme As such if students and teachers are given awareness programme on health, hygiene, sanitation and safe drinking water and measures in totality in various schools that will be the best line of action.
We have completed Project YOSA (YEAR OF SCIENTIFIC AWARENESS 2004 at the year of 2004 with the Delhi Heart Care Foundation in which 10 School and 2432 students were taken up. 8 Places were taken up for JATHA activities. In YoSA (Year of Scientific Awareness) action plan, we have experienced of taking up various schools and activities like essay competition procession, quiz competition, drawing competition and developing model in schools etc.
Some activities has been taken up in schools is as below:
C. SulabhENVIS Centre: This centre was setup at International Institute of Health and Hygiene (earlier known as Sulabh International Institute of Health & Hygiene) in the year March 2003, under the ENVIS-CEP (Capacity Enhancement Programme), patronized by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, act as store house for compilation, processing, analysis and dissemination of data/information pertaining to latest research in the field of Website and quarterly newsletter on hygiene, sanitation, Sewage Treatment Systems & Technology. The Centre is developed a website and feed the relevant data on the assigned subject area for wider dissemination to all concerned.
D. Working on Women and Child: We have trained more than 12826 women volunteers on health, sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water etc and imparting training has definitely created impact for the development of the community. This is Software programme in which awareness, education and training is being given to various section of community and Utilizing retired medical, Para medical personnel will be another positive step.
E. I.E.C material (Information, Education and Communication): Developed Publications and write ups, brochures etc. on awareness: education and training programmea and also model and modules for the community. It is essential because it creates interest and awareness to the people and they can adopt appropriate measures for reducing the incidence and improving health status. Total 26 publications have been developed.
F. Published manuals on Women and Sanitation in Hindi, English, Telugu and Dari. Both volumes (Vol.-I and Vol.-II) are effective in spreading the message for school student, visitors, for training purpose, slum dwellers and villagers as well.
G. IIHH has developed Model and Modules in Urban Slums and Rural set-up: We have developed rural model, urban slum model, school sanitation, health centres, developing safe drinking water in urban and rural set up.
The Institute has also taken up various programmes such in various urban slums and rural setup like – rural sanitation in Budhgaon, Sangli (Maharashtra), Ranichauri, Tehri (5 villages in Uttaranchal) and 12 villages near Bhondsi (Gurgaon, Haryana).
The Jhuljhuli village, near Najafgarh, Delhi, deserves special mention. After a visit by the Sister City International of the U.S., the Mayor of Kettering, Ohio, in a letter stated that their visit to India was memorable for two reasons, “seeing the Taj Mahal, and visiting Jhuljhuli village.
People’s participation programme with awareness and training on Health, Hygiene and Sanitation in the Yamuna Action Plan and rural set-up:. We have conducted these programmes in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Yamuna Action Plan in collaboration with Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Haryana Government and with other states in the rural villages.
Some activities done in rural set ups is being shown in below:
H. Pulse polio programme is regular practiced – 29398 Children beneficiaries in Pulse polio Programme from the various places. At present Pulse polio programme is conducted at Sulabh Ideal Health Centre.
I. Voluntary blood donation programme is conducted time to time. 2267 blood tests are completed with detail.
J. Safe drinking water: Safe drinking water is elixir of life. It is considered that hygiene of common food and drinking water; hygienic habits particularly in kitchen, bathroom and toilet are the key components in reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in the human. We have completed a project on Safe water system in India: A pilot for the reduction of diarrhea in the 15 urban slums, collaboration with PSI/WHO regarding Information regarding disinfections and Use of safe water system. Health information to prevent diarrhea.
The photographs of safe water system developed in the 15 Urban slums of West Delhi
K. Programme on Population Stabilization Institution adopted two Innovated Methods
- Distribution of oral contraceptive pills to eligible women at their doorsteps ensures timely delivery of pills ahead of the schedule date for users and this eliminates “drop outs” due to non-availability.
- Issue of contraceptive distribution card. It has been based on the pattern of the “Immunization card” used by UNICEF for the timely use of various contraceptives as selected by users.
L. Programmes related to STD and HIV/AIDS
- The Institute has undertaken various projects related to STD & AIDS in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Society, Delhi, Family Health International, AIDSCAP, USAID and DSACS.
- And, also an innovative method to use the public toilet complexes as awareness and education centers for prevention of STD & AIDS, by exhibiting various publications. It also helped in the intervention programme by distributing free condoms. Besides, over a thousand women volunteers have been trained on STD & AIDS in the urban slums in Delhi.
- We have collaborated with NACO and Delhi AIDS cell by distribution of condom through Toilet complexes and also exhibited posters, play cards for HIV/AIDS and other diseases. We have collaborated projects in participation with Govt (State and Central), funding agencies (National and International), UNICEF, WHO, USAID, PSI PFI etc and have proved Govt / NGO / funding agency and community organization ensures public participation and gives positive result.
Recently we have completed a Project on Targeted Intervention Project for Female Sex Workers South Delhi by Delhi State Aids Control Society at Ashram, Kilokari, Sarai Kale Khan, Srinivaspuri, Lajpat Nagar-1,11,111,1V,South Ex., Kotla Mubarakpur, Andrews Ganj)
Some photographs of HIV/AIDS project activities at a glance
M. Developing Public Amenities as Health Centre and Awareness-cum-Training Centre
With the backing of adequate infrastructure, manpower and space, We have developed a “Health Centre” for preventive, curative and rehabilitative medical care of the poor and needy. This centre also provides Homeopathic and Ayurvedic treatment. In short, we have tried to establish that awareness, education and training to various community groups, especially to women, students and children, is what matters most in implementing programmes related to health, hygiene, and sanitation. This is especially so with women groups and the local youth, who can make the programmes sustainable with people’s participation.