DISA started its Health program in October 2016 to provide health support to community people specially the village organization (VO) members in it’s catchment areas.
The objectives of DISA health program are to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health and nutritional status, reduce vulnerability to communicable diseases, combat non-communicable diseases, and enhance the quality of life.
Prior to the program a situation analysis study had been done in mid 2016 to come across a strategy for DISA health program. This study was conducted in 10 villages under four DISA microfinance branches. A total of 334 people of different category were interviewed using a standard questionnaire through individual contact, focus group discussion and family discussion.
Based on that, a total of 10 micro-finance branches were selected from different districts to provide services through 10 Shasthya Kormi (community health worker). Before starting field level activities the SKs received two weeks training at Radda Burnen MCH-FP, Dhaka. They also received three days refreshers training at DISA academy. The village organization (VO) members and their family members are getting necessary health services from Shasthya Kormi (SK) in door step. At present health care services are being provided in 10 branches by 10 Shsathya Kormi. In future we are going to operate in 20 districts or more that would be covered by DISA reaching its all beneficiaries and marginalized population.
To mitigate the income-erosion effect of illness and vulnerability of the poor households, DISA planned to integrate Health Care Support activities with its micro-credit based poverty alleviation interventions . Shasthya Shokhi (SS) will be selected from among the village-based women’s credit group members who will provide voluntary services, and acceptable to the community she serves. The SSs will receive one week basic training backed up by regular monthly refreshers.
As on October 2017, total 10,726 people has received health service from Health Program.