Health & Hygiene Awareness   |   SPARSH Hospital   |   HIV/AIDS Care & Support   |   Outreach

General Health & Hygiene Programmes

This programme aims to create awareness on health and hygiene practices among the women, adolescent girls and school children, help motivate them to use and maintain sanitation facilities at schools and their community surroundings, inculcate better hygienic practices and make the children understand the importance of keeping the school, home and village premises clean and thus reduce incidences of diseases. It also includes programme for community members such as cleanliness drives and promotion of kitchen garden in homestead. When sanitation conditions are poor, making improvements in health may have minimal impact on the community. Therefore, PRIDE strives to make a change in every aspect. In 2015-16 30 villages in Raigad were sensitized on the best practices of health and hygiene and 1200 families received kitchen garden kits to promote the idea of growing nutritious food in their backyards.

37,800 people have so far benefitted from P.R.I.D.E.’s Relief Camps in Mahad Taluka of Raigad district. Its focus areas include Safe Motherhood, Family Planning, Safe Abortion, RTI/STI, Malaria/Tuberculosis during pregnancy, HIV & AIDS knowledge for prevention, Gender discrimination and Male Participation in Child Care.

With it’s 40 bed rural hospital, Community Care Centre and Outreach community health care today, SPARSH has become an integral part of healthcare for Latur and Osmanabad districts.

SPARSH (Sastur Project of Action Research Service Through Hospital)

On the 30th of September 1993, a devastating earthquake hit 83 villages in the district of Latur and Osmanabad. In the wake of this tragedy, PRIDE India set up the Sastur project of Action Research Services. This was done through SPARSH, a rural hospital and community health care service that continues to touch lives through an integrated approach of providing sustainable community health services.

Through SPARSH all essential health care services are provided which is accessible for all individuals and families in the community. The following are the services available for the patients in the hospital:

SPARSH services are mainly availed by people from Marathawada region, especially, border districts of Karnataka and Telangana.

  • Out Patient Care (OPD) with well-equipped examination and  consultation and specialist clinic rooms
  • Reception and patient guide
  • Waiting area
  • Registration Counters
  • Separate  Male Female wards
  • ANC & PNC Clinic
  • Maternity ward and well equipped labour/ delivery room
  • Paediatric wards and intensive neonatal care facility
  • Diagnostic facilities like X-Ray and pathological laboratory test.
  • USG Unit
  • Services facilities like dressing and injection room
  • Well-equipped operation theatre (OT)
  • Dental Clinic
  • Sputum microscopy centre (DOT centre)
  • I.C.T.C. (Integrated counselling and Testing  Centre)
  • Link ART Centre
  • Pharmacy Medical
  • Blood Storage Unit
  • Referral Transport System
  • Non – Communicable Disease Control Programme
  • Pantry and kitchen
  • Computerized medical records
  • Ambulance Services
  • Well-equipped training centre
  • Audio – visual aids
  • Generator for essential services

Community / Training Centre

A community /training centre in the hospital premises serves the dual purpose of accommodating the relatives of patients coming in from long distances and carrying  out various health educational and awareness programmes for these beneficiaries. The community/training centre serves as the nodal point for undertaking various community based social, welfare and development activities.

Care during all stages of pregnancy

Prenatal   |    Antenatal |   Postnatal

Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child health services are primarily aimed to reduce maternal and prenatal mortality and morbidity. SPARSH follows a continuum of care from pre- pregnancy to puerperium. We aim to ensure that every pregnancy culminates in the birth of a healthy baby and mother. In order to achieve this goal we provide general health advice for safe motherhood which includes health check up by a gynaecologist, laboratory investigations of their health status and counselling about diet & personal hygiene.

The newborn, young child is constantly in danger of contracting fatal diseases which can impair them for life. Therefore prevention, diagnosis and treatment at the early stages are very crucial. Therefore, for children below the age of 6 we detect and tackle malnutrition, promote breastfeeding and conduct immunization to prevent the child from diseases which are most prevalent among new-borns and infants. SPARSH celebrates the birth of each and every girl child born at the hospital by giving a small gift to the mother and the infant, taking a step towards breaking social taboos of favouring males.

Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health(ARSH) programme is aimed creating awareness of sexual health among the adolescent girls in the community. Through topics ranging from menstrual health, personality development, good nutrition we ensure that the generation of tomorrow is healthy and aware.

Medical support  | Linkages with government scheme | Psychological support | Orphan HIV+ children  |  Outreach services

Care and Support for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV)

PRIDE INDIA is working towards care, support and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS since 2000. The organization has trained staff & dedicated facilities like Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC), Community Care Centre (CCC), Anti Retoviral Therapy (ART) centre and Designated microscopic centre (DMC) under one roof. It also has a well-equipped Pathological Laboratory with four trained Lab Technicians.

To promote the concept of ‘Home Based Care’, for people living with HIV/AIDS, Community Care Centre was set up at the hospital in the year 2009 with support from NACO (National Aids Control Organization) wherein patients are admitted for 3-5 days for care and support. While in the hospital they are also counselled to cope with HIV and regain their self-esteem and confidence.

The Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centre was also started in 2015 with the help of Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society which has strengthened the programme and services remarkably. The Outreach workers also maintain a regular follow up of these patients to ensure their adherence to ART through regular home visits. Frequent awareness programmes are also conducted by the programme team to educate and enlighten people about the disease.

The PLHIV receiving services from SPARSH find it very effective which is evident from our post assessment report. Self-Help Groups of Women living with HIV have been formed and these women are trained on different skills like tie and dye, tailoring and other craft so that they get some livelihood opportunity and this ensures their greater involvement in the programme.

As part of its outreach services for PLHIV, PRIDE India, in the year 2013, initiated a Care and Support programme with the aim of providing a safe space for these people from high risk groups across Osmanabad district. The programme focuses on improving their access to information on welfare schemes, positive counseling and required health services. In the year 2015-16, PRIDE expanded its reach to more people living with HIV/ AIDS through care and support programme two additional districts viz. Nanded and Beed of Maharahstra.

Reaching orphaned children affected with HIV:
As of 2015, an estimated 13.4 million [11.4 – 15.7 million] children worldwide had lost one or both parents to AIDS.  There are 220,000 children infected by HIV/AIDS in India. It is approximated that every year 55,000 to 60,000 children are born to mothers who are HIV positive. 30% of these children are likely to be infected themselves (UNICEF,2015) Our preliminary observation through the years has shown that there are many children who are affected by HIV/AIDS, many of them are orphaned and living with ageing grandparents some of cannot even afford full day meal for the child. In the absence of proper care & support, these children are becoming increasingly vulnerable. Some such children are known to have died due to absence of proper care, nutrition and ART adherence.

The CCC project run by PRIDE India has been graded ‘A’ twice and is considered as one of the best CCC from Maharashtra State according to the NACO evaluation report.

Primary health services in 102 remote villages of Osmanabad and latur districts at door step through 3 Mobile Medical Units (clinical & curative services).

Outreach programme

Outreach programme was initiated with the objective to provide primary healthcare to people in remote villages.
The key initiatives under the outreach programmes are:

  • Training & capacity building of CBO’s, Village Health committee’s and grassroots level government health functionaries including ASHA, Anganwadi teacher, ANM, MPW.
  • ArogyaBhavan for disseminating health related session in collaboration with the community
  • Capacity Building of village level volunteer/ArogyaMitra.
  • Linkages with government health facilities, schemes and programmes.
  • Strengthening the government health facilities and services by empowering the community to demand for services.
  • Initiate/strengthen health card for beneficiaries for tracking
  • Create demand for quality health services among the community.

After the success of our 1st MMU in 2011, we expanded our reach this year with two MMUs expanding outreach program to additional 48 villages in Latur and Osmanabad district.

Mobile Medical Unit (MMU)

It offers preventive, curative and diagnostic health services. The MMU run in collaboration with the Health Department of Government of Maharashtra is one of the only Public Private Partnership (PPP) healthcare providers which have won several accolades for its exemplary service.

The Outreach Program focuses on improving the health status and wellbeing of the rural poor. It aims to improve the health indicators of the villages through not only clinical support at their door step but also preventive healthcare. The programme also aims to build the capacities of the government grassroot functionaries/ village animators and the communities to create more awareness on health and increase the demand for quality health services. The facilities available on the MMU are general OPD checkup, ANC checkup, laboratory investigations, immunization, and delivery for pregnant mother and formation of health clubs in the villages