WELL, A RESOURCE centre working in the field of water, sanitation and environmental health for the Department For International Development (DFID), Government of UK, will assist block and district officers of Dhar, Jhabua and Barwani in preparing a Village Environment, Hygiene and Sanitation Plan (VEHSP) for 15 villages.
It will propose appropriate technical methods to prepare a VEHSP and recommend ways on how the plan can be used to reorient their action for achieving the goals set under Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). TSC, which focuses on construction of toilets in every village home, is a key factor in declaring a village as Nirmal Gram.
WELL, stationed at Loughborough University, UK, is undertaking a baseline assessment of 15 villages for VEHSP, which has been rechristened as Grameen Swachhata Yojana and its goals are same as those proposed under National Rural Health Mission.
UNICEF, on the other hand, will take up 20 villages of Indore, Khandwa, Khargone and Burhanpur districts to help the administrative machinery in preparing VEHSP.
A DFID workshop organised here on Friday held deliberations on village environmental health planning in rural areas that would help achieve the VEHSP objectives. It was attended by WELL, UNICEF representatives in addition to district collectors, chief health and medical officers, NGOs, consultants and planners of Indore division.
Addressing the workshop, Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das said women and child health care would be made a focal point to improve education, health, family welfare and fight malnutrition in villages that would contribute to TSC and make them model villages.
He said 465 villages of the division would be made model villages and the entire administrative machinery has been geared up for the purpose. He said efforts were underway to fill up the infrastructural and human resource gaps needed to have model villages by March 2007. Others who addressed the workshop included Dr Andrew Cotton, Amaka Godfrey, Dr Onkar Mittal from WELL and Dr Sam Godfrey of UNICEF.