Many other small community organisations and NGO’s have approached IIMC for financial and training support to implement the IIMC model at their NGO. Therefore IIMC has agreed to assist 29 NGOs in 8 districts of West Bengal to adopt the IIMC model. In the first two years of this pilot project IIMC provides funds for one Health Unit in Charge and one health worker of the NGOs to carry out motivation, mother awareness and group meetings for the local needs assessment. A pilot project started in April 2001.

A vital part of the Hogolkuria model is the capture of baseline data about population, contraception uptake, nutritional status, family size, tube well and service provision etc., which informs the needs assessment and helps for future evaluation. This baseline data, along with qualitative findings from the village which describes what they desire for their village, determines which are the most appropriate elements of the IIMC model to be adopted. Short and long term targets are then set.

Thereafter, the necessary techniques of engaging the local community in carrying out the elements of the Hogolkuria model is passed onto the workers concerned. In the subsequent years, when implementing the IIMC model, comparisons will be made with the baseline data to identify positive behaviour changes and increased health status of the village population. Management and supervision is maintained via the Total Project-in-charge and supervisor persons based at IIMC.

After two or three years the NGOs must then pursue their version of the IIMC model themselves. All experiences and learning about the project is disseminated through the NGO forum thus raising skill and knowledge across more than 45 NGOs.

Links with these NGOs exist with the local Government through the Voluntary Health Association of West Bengal. The last Saturday in every month, the current Community Health Workers from each participating NGO in the Network visit the IIMC Headquarters. Their work records are monitored by members of IIMC HE & HP Unit, and any matters arising are discussed and considered. This monitoring exercise is followed by a group discussion about successful practices and they refill their kitbags with necessary medicines and equipment to distributing in their village areas.

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