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HealthRise funded by Medtronic Foundation, implemented by Abt Associates is working with partners MAMTA Health Institute for mother and child and Catholic Health Association of India since Nov 2015 across the continuum of care to increase outreach, screening, referral, treatment and care in Udaipur and Shimla for Hypertension and Diabetes. The intervention covers an underserved target population of over 90000 (age15-70) from rural and urban blocks in each district.  In India, HealthRise has…See More
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Rituu B. Nanda
The Constellation & Institute of Social Studies Trust
About Me:
Am still asking the question -who am I?
I love SALT but practice is difficult.
I want to explore the connection between SALT and spirituality.

My professional interests are facilitating community conversations and action, participatory action research, participatory evaluation, gender and equity issues; complexity and systems thinking; Public health is the sector I have worked mostly in.
My dream:
I have these dreams,the closer I get to them in this life time, I would have achieved my life purpose:
-Be non-judgemental
-Have no expectations from anyone as they are cause of misery
-to be selfless in whatever I do. If I help I do not expect anything in return, if I care I have no selfish motive. Otherwise its business.
-to connect as a human being with others
-to be appreciative
-to be a deep and compassionate listener and also listen to my inner voice
I'm proud of:
that I have tried to follow my instinct and inner voice in this life time. When I facilitate SALT feel that this is what I was meant to do.
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Accompanying a community when it faces a hurdle in taking action

Posted on July 7, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

For a practitioner of SALT and CLCP, our work does not finish with facilitating action plan, accompaniment of the community in taking action is critical. This is my learning in our Assam project in India where we are stimulating community response to immunization, WASH and nutrition.

In Hirajani community, water supply is a major issue and the community is getting frustrated as in spite of a lot of effort and applications to the government they have not been able to…


Working with local government structure for response to diabetes and hypertension

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

Background: Under the HealthRise project, Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) is facilitating SALT and community life competence process for strengthening patient centred approach in the state of Rajasthan, India. As part of this project, the CHAI team has set up patient support groups and we are using SALT so that the groups can own the issue of diabetes and hypertension and take action. Technical inputs: Dr Sameer and story credit: Asha, Brinda and Sharad.

I want …


Community spoke...we listened...they shared...we applauded

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

If I were to rate the most powerful moments of my work with communities, then Knowledge Fair in Assam would stand out. It was messy, confusing at times but very enriching and a delight to one who believes that communities can do things for themselves. In Assam, for the past one year we have been working in 90 villages in 3 districts with two organisations- VHAA and CNES. During the Knowledge fair we organised four events in April end. We did one event each in the three districts and the…


People used to think of themselves, now they think about the whole village

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

(This blog is by Asha Meghwal, Outreach worker, Block Jhadol from Medtronic Foundation funded, Abt Associates supported and implemented by Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) in Udaipur, India. The HealthRise project is using SALT and CLCP for patient centred approach to Diabetes and hypertension. Asha is a SALT facilitator whose blog I translated into English. Asha is very strong in documentation. Thank you Asha for sharing! Photo courtesy Asha who is sitting on the left…


Botswana encourages communities to take the lead in HIV response

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 10:19pm 0 Comments

(I had the privilege to talk to Gloria, Acting chief information, Education and Communication and Chanana, information, Education and Communication both from National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), Botswana Government. Here is a note from our conversation. It was held in Entebbe October 2017. Kudos to NACA and Botswana Government have recognised the critical role of communities for an effective response to HIV and have taken a bottoms up, strength-based…


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At 4:36pm on May 31, 2018, Nancepreet Kaur said…

Hello Ritu, Marlou & Marie,

Thanks very much for adding us (VHAI) to your online community. It is great  to be part of active global knowledge sharing platform. 

Will upload my photo as well as experience soon :)

Best Wishes

Dr. Nancy


At 1:31am on May 29, 2018, Moses Himakanta said…

Thanks team. Am humbled

At 9:02pm on March 21, 2018, jolanda kirpensteijn said…

But I see I a photo? I put one at the start. Don't you see it?

At 5:08pm on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…

My experience in this particular is brand new. Most of my experiences of community both good & challenging have been faith-based in the United States, Canada, & Puerto Rico. 

For several years I was active in the Mankind Project local community in Cleveland, OH. New Warriors is a rite of passage for men with weekly groups for support. I facilitated several of these during my time there. 

I love everything about community, especially sitting in circle. Currently, I am a co-host for monthly World Cafe online calls. Also, taken a course on The Circle Way. 

My BIG wild idea is a sustainable ecosystem where each of us is supported for life. We have someone greeting us at birth and usually helping us leave at death. Our first breath is witnessed by another human being. And, so is our last. Why not have life support for every breath in between? From cradle to grave. 

At 5:01pm on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…


Your post is inspiring! I had to grab the last part and repeat it here:

Everyone knows what isn't right...their flaws, their weaknesses, but few people know and focus on their strengths, the talents, their skills, their blessings... what is right. It's true isn't it... when our own mental patterns guide us we feel so empowered, no matter what challenges we have, no matter what mountains we need to climb, we make a plan and go about getting it done. More importantly, when we share our dream with others they feel the need to help us fulfill our dreams. We dream together and each other’s words feed our minds and stimulate thought and action.

I end with a beautiful quote by Dom Helder Camara: When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.

At 5:00pm on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…

Yes, I will add a photo. Working on a new headshot. 

At 3:35pm on January 9, 2018, Awuor PONGE said…

Dear Rituu,

Thank you for your very kind words. I will try and do a few statements. At the moment however, I'm bogged down with some strict deadlines.


At 3:04am on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…

Hi Rituu, 

Thank you for your kind words. A dream that for me, must become a reality. We need each other. 

Julia Cameron in her book "The Artist's Way" said "We are to midwife one another's dreams." 

At 8:14am on November 12, 2017, Akhilesh Kumar Terwari said…

It is experienced that children and adolescent girls can provide unbiased feedback and raised the issues affecting them, their families, schools and wider community-if equipped with skills, opportunities and platforms for participation. We are building skills of children and adolescent girls for up streaming their issues through writing their stories, participating in community level participatory planning on their needs, communicating with service providers, influencing gendered and development oriented behaviors. Oracle under its CSR initiatives is supporting us for empowering adolescent girls in sphere of integrated  community development in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. We would like to associate with you to share and enhance journalistic skills of children and adolescent girls for their sustainable empowerment. 

At 1:08pm on October 23, 2017, Anne Mwende Ndolo said…

HHave used SALT in my studies especially when doing our project work this has helped us to complete our project faster and incorporated everyone's point of view. This has helped all members to own the work done by the group as their own and justify information given by the members like it was their original idea.


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