The challenges

Ground water nhas been contaminated due to industrialisation. Up to 100 feet of ground water is contaminated and not suitable for drinking purposes. This has resulted in the community depending on shallow hand pumps for drinking water, which was affecting their health.

Farmers had small and scattered land holdings which was impacting their profitability and there was the problem of drug addiction in the community. Health issues were prevalent among women and children and there was a shortage of medical staff in CHC/PHC/sub centre. Girls usually dropped out of school to help their parents with household work.

Flagship initiative - HEALTH

Health remains one of the key areas of intervention in Roorkee, with the focus on maternal and child health. In fact, ACF was selected as the District ASHA Resource Centre (DARC) and was provided the responsibility of imparting training on different modules to ASHAs and ASHA facilitators of the entire Haridwar district.

DARC has been envisaged under NRHM to strengthen the ASHA scheme at micro level. ACF has provided technical input and strong support mechanism to the program so that expected results can be achieved. DARC has to act as a mentor for supporting ASHA activities in the district.