November 19, 2015: On the occasion of 3rd World Toilet Day, ‘The Giant Commode’ displayed by Roca in New Delhi, urges people to pledge for hygienic sanitation this World Toilet Day. The idea was to raise awareness about key hygiene and sanitation issue plaguing the society.
The pace of construction of toilets in rural India has gathered momentum and within one year of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, as about 95 lakh toilets were constructed across the country against the target of 60 lakh toilets.
According to government figures, the States like West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have taken the lead in construction of Individual Household Latrines and community toilets and these states may achieve the target of Open-Defecation Free status in 2017 or 2018, well before the target of 2nd October, 2019.
November 3, 2015: Men and women in the villages of Maharashtra where the Samajhdaar Jodidar (Responsible Partner) initiative is on are able to understand each other better and respect each other's roles and life choices.
The Samajhdaar Jodidar initiative, a collaborative effort of the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is specially designed to involve men in the quest for gender equality.
“Men, who are the other half of the gender construct, have been left out of sensitisation efforts for the longest time,” points out Sadhana Dadhich of the Pune-based Nari Samata Manch, one of the five non-government organisations tasked with the implementation of this project in 20 of the 100 chosen villages in the state since 2010. Photo: Centre for Health and social Justice.
October 19, 2015: The Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) (Patient Welfare Committee) /Hospital Management Society is playing an important role in bringing quality services to the hospitals at various levels in Bihar.
This photo shows a pregnant women accompanied by her relative amidst various important signboards at a Sub-Divisional Hospital in Mahua of Vaishali district in Bihar. Various initiatives taken by RKS for hospital welfare include provision of medicines, neat and clean facilities and important signposts to help patients reach the desired facilities.
RKS is a society registered under The Societies Registration Act, which serves as a group of trustees for the hospitals to manage the day to day affairs of the hospital.
RKS comprises of members from local Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), NGOs, local elected representatives and officials from Government sector who are responsible for proper functioning and management of the hospital/Community Health Centre/First Referral Units. Photo: Suresh Thakur & Ashok Kumar/OWSA
September 24, 2015: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its Goodwill Ambassador and international pop star Shakira urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in understanding the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.
“More than 100 million children are out of school and 159 million boys and girls under five are physically and cognitively stunted due to a lack of care and proper nutrition,” said Shakira, who joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and the Director of the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, Dr Jack P Shonkoff at an event at UN Headquarters in New York.
August 31, 2015: Alia Bhatt takes the stage to announce the premiere of ‘Girl Rising: Woh Padhegi. Woh Udegi.’ also championed by Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto. Girl Rising brings together the Government of India’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, USAID, STAR TV, HP and Intel to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms nationwide
Girl Rising, a global movement for educating and empowering girls, today announced the India premiere of its film ‘Girl Rising: Woh Padhegi. Woh Udegi.’ The film, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, tells the stories of eight extraordinary girls from around the world and features Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Nandita Das, Sushmita Sen, Parineeti Chopra with narration by Farhan Akhtar and legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.