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Ekjut, Jharkhand & Orissa

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Location
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Area of Operation:
Jharkhand :
Ranchi district, Khunti district, Godda district, West Singhbhum district, Saraikela district
Orissa :
Mayurbhanj district, Rayagada district, Keonjhar district
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Contact Information:
Dr. P. K. Tripathy
Director, Ekjut
Plot- 556B, Potka, Chakradharpur, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand, Pin: 833102, India

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imgWebsite : www.ekjutindia.org

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Activity
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Community mobilisation through
Accredited Social Health Activists
(ASHAs) using Participatory
Learning and Action (PLA) approach
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Community mobilisation (PLA)
+ home visits for counselling
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Ongoing Prospective Surveillance
System
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Neonatal Health
  • » Maternal and Child Health
  • » Nutrition
  • » BCC/IEC
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Non-government organization (NGO)

Year Launched

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2005

Stage

Well-established with plans for scaling up, and moving into new areas of public health

Income level of target population

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Bottom 20%

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Summary
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Ekjut (meaning ‘coming together’) is a NGO founded by Dr Prasanta Tripathy and Dr. Nirmala Nair in 2005 to tackle poor maternal and child health services in the states of Jharkhand and Orissa. Jharkhand and Orissa are two of the poorest states in eastern India, with very poor performance in indicators such as female life expectancy, and female literacy. More than 20% of Jharkhand and Orissa’s population is affiliated with scheduled tribes, and 12% with scheduled castes.

Dr. Prasanta & Dr. Nirmala's decision to enter maternal and child health was a result of the confluence of two factors;

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their experience running a clinic allowed them to observe that many babies died during the first month of life after home births.

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the results of a community mobilization trial from Makwanpur, Nepal demonstrated the effectiveness of participatory interventions through women’s groups.

Ekjut’s Participatory Learning & Action (PLA) approach entails the active involvement of community members in all components of tackling maternal and newborn health problems; from identifying problems, to crafting solutions and strategies, to implementing those strategies, and finally to the evaluation phase. The approach requires Ekjut-trained facilitators to facilitate 20 meetings at the community level. Ekjut’s first trial (2005-2008) in 3 underserved districts in Jharkhand and Orissa proved the effectiveness of the participatory intervention approach with a 32% reduction in moderate maternal depression in the final year of the trial ...

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Target Geography
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  • » Rural, Tribal
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Neonates
  • » Less than 1 year old
  • » 1-5 years old
  • » Women of reproductive age
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Primary Funding Agencies
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  • » Foreign Donor
  • » Foreign Academic Institute
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2005 – 2011)
  • » National Journals: 0
  • » International Journals: 7
Non-Technical Staff

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<20

Technical Staff

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<20

Study Population

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1,75,000

Future Plans

Investigating scalability of, and inclusion of nutrition component in, Participatory Learning & Action (PLA) approach.

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