Gurugram: Not-for-profit organisation Swasti Health Catalyst is sensitising residents of Gurugrams’s Mohammadpur village about health and well-being through its ‘Mission Swachh Mohammadpur’ initiative.
The programme aims to “transform” the lives of around 11,000 people in the village by September this year through awareness initiatives on multiple health related issues including nutrition, menstrual health, reproductive health and mental health.
The programme is also educating people about their legal rights on health issues. It also talks about social protection, gender-based inequalities teaching people basic life skills.
The NGO has partnered with apparel brand Marks & Spencer to undertake the initiative.
“Swasti advocates for better health and well-being for everyone with an ecosystem approach, especially women and girls from the marginalised community. Following the belief that women and girls have the right to choose for their health, we facilitate it by providing access to information and facilitate services related to health, gender rights, gender equality and nutritional benefits under Invest for Wellness (i4We) programme,”said Shaonli Chakraborty, Urban Health and Gender Lead, Invest for Wellness, flagship programme, Swasti Health Catalyst.
Other community engagements such as movie screening around socially relevant movies, nukkad nataks (street plays) around gender equality, Taekwondo for youth empowerment, support group formations, sanitation drive for cleanliness have also been undertaken to improve the living conditions.
Municipal Corporation of Gurugram and ECOgreen are lending their supporting to the initiative.
Over 60,000 people are currently living in this urban village, a media release said. The village has more than 25,000 migrant people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
Men in the village have morbidity rate for major diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and others. Also, many women die since they are brought for diagnosis and treatment at severe or last stages, the release said.