Greetings from Samarth!
I am very happy and proud to share that Samarth completed 10 years of existence in May 2017! No doubt this journey has had its share of challenges and disappointments but with it came good learning which both strengthened our skill sets and our abilities to deal with adversity .We are pleased with our progress and look forward to the next decade.
One of the most challenging and exciting research projects we carried out was the study titled, “Care seeking in Childhood Pneumonia Management: An Exploratory Study!.” It was challenging because the field work was carried out in 3 districts each in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Tamilnadu. We visited households with children less than 5 years in 30 Health Sub Centers in each of these districts. Overall 17,442 children from 13,544 households were screened for probable pneumonia. Travelling to villages located in remote parts of districts like Satna, Panna in Madhya Pradesh and Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh was arduous but at the same time provided rich insights into difficulties and barriers faced by poor rural folk to seek health care for their children. It was thus, very rewarding for us to be a part of this huge research endeavour as it provided important insights regarding pneumonia management in our country. We are looking forward to analyzing the data and presenting the findings.
The final evaluations of the Delivering HOPE-Hepatitis B and C awareness programmes of thesix NGO partners began during this period. The findings of the interim evaluations were well appreciated by the NGOs following which they made mid course corrections to their programmes. The NGOs whose programmes we evaluated during this period were, the “Conquer Hepatitis programme” by the All India Institute of Diabetes Research (Ahmedabad), “Prevention and Early Management of Hepatitis B and C among Injection Drug Users”, by MAMTA, the Health Institute of Mother and Child in Manipur and Amritsar and the “Education and Sensitization programmes” conducted by United Way of Mumbai, in schools and among field health workers.
We continue to conduct our workshops on qualitative research which are now deeply appreciated and valued. We in turn derive great satisfaction a in guiding and supporing e work shop participants in their research work.
I would like to place on record my deepest appreciation to all our members, collaborators, and well wishers for their continued support in our growth.