Stories about Response (1,985)

Power of linkage

For past one year, we have facilitated CLCP in Barongajuli no. 3, Udalguri, Assam, India mainly around immunization and healthy children. Immunization coverage has improved.

On 11th July Santu and I visited this village.  We had a discussion with ASHA who reported of a seven-month-old baby is not getting vaccine.  After CLCP, ASHA’s level of concern and commitment for the village has increased but this is a segregated area and she wanted our support for the issue.  The…


Added by Jyotika Barua on August 9, 2018 at 7:42pm — No Comments

SALT: a podcast

Hello all!

I have recorded a podcast about SALT. It's intended to help as many people as possible to understand SALT. I'd be very grateful if you were to listen to it, and share it with others:

With warm wishes,

Added by Jake Lloyd on August 8, 2018 at 10:37pm — 3 Comments

INDONESIA - Aids Competence, with new spirit

Things happen when ready to happen.  I quote this from Jean Louis's email some days ago. Yes, I feel the true of that inspiring sentence. 

IndoCompetence as newly-recharged group of facilitators is pleased to share what we have been learned as we facilitated Aids Competence training for two selected AIDS support communities at City of Bandung. Its been assumption that participants of training were conducted by City Aids Commission did not attend its until the training were fully…


Added by wiwin winarni on August 7, 2018 at 5:40pm — 3 Comments

Teenagers encourage the community on use of toilets

We are using SALT and CLCP with Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) team for a patient-centred approach to diabetes and Hypertension through setting up of Patient Support Groups (PSG).

On 24th July, we had gone for a SALT visit to appreciate the actions the PSG of village Namli, Jhadhol block, Udaipur (India) has been taking. I asked them what are they proud of. The patients said that they have started taking medication regularly. The local health workers were able to…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 4, 2018 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

SALT enhances the 'support' in Patient Support Group

We have been using SALT and CLCP with Patient Support Group in Chaili, Himachal for response to diabetes and hypertension.

After dream building and action plan, the PSG recognised the importance of exercise for better health and taking medication regularl. They say that they had never paid attention to what they themselves could do for their health but through the conversations in Patient Support Group they realised that it was important for them to take action. What is…

Added by Renu Sharma on August 4, 2018 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

Patient Support Group becomes active and stimulates community action

I will share with you three action plans Patient support Group on diabetes and Hypertension made and executed in Village Barog, Himachal. This is an example when a group like this becomes active, how much it can achieve. This experience is from HealthRise program.

PSG organises NCD health check up camp on its own
First action plan…

Added by Ramesh Sharma on August 3, 2018 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

From Facilitator to citizens

Begenning of Jully, I had a week of  reconnexion with members of my team. And reconnexion to the essence of what make me an active member of this human network of people seeking to live in harmony with their environment and people around them.

I'm trained as facilitator of local response since 2013. In my training I learned that the best facilitators are local…


Added by khorchi laurie on August 3, 2018 at 2:27pm — 4 Comments

Patient Support Group takes action on diabetes and hypertension

I have been using SALT and CLCP with Patient Support Group in Village Jamog, Mashobra, Himachal, India. I see a dramatic improvement in response of the group to the issue of health, diabetes and hypertension.

For eg a patient from our group, who is not part of our project but had come for screening. Her sugar levels high. She started taking medicine but stopped after some time. Then when she came for our camp in Suni her level had gone beyond 400. Meanwhile she became a regular when…


Added by Himani Sharma on August 2, 2018 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Don't make assumptions!

Salt-visit at Worldhouse in Amsterdam, November 6th 2017

During the visit I liked a lot the conversation I had with a woman who was colouring a mandala. I started talking to her in English (because we were talking English with the men). It turned out that she was speaking excellent Dutch. I didn't know if that is her mother tongue. What I realized: I automatically spoke English to her because that was the mode I was in. 

Learning point in a situation like the Worldhouse: don't…


Added by Margot on July 30, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Humanity and Unity pushing through bureaucracy

Humanity and Unity pushing through bureaucracy


No-one panics when the fire alarms goes off.

The odeurs of fresh coffee and crusty popped popcorn have filled the room - the steam causing the alarm to warn for ‘danger’. People…


Added by Marlou on July 24, 2018 at 2:48pm — 5 Comments

Yes.....Roles have started changing, Community now organizing the health camps.

Dream of the village Dhanout in Himachal Pradesh is to stay healthy. One of the action decided by Patient Support Group (PSG) during action plan meeting was to organize screening camps for Diabetes and Hypertension regularly at Panchayat or village level.

Anil Sharma followed up the members of the group and came to know that the group is planning to organize screening camp at village level. The group decided the date, venue of the camp and called Anil to attend it.



Added by Manisha Bhatia on July 24, 2018 at 1:29pm — 7 Comments

Local government supports community for local action

The dream of Patient support group (PSG) in Junga Panchayat, Himachal, India had focus on health. We have set up PSGs in a large number of villages and have used CLCP and SALT in 14 villages. Each PSG is composed of patients with diabetes and hypertension, their families and village leaders, health workers and other stakeholders.

PSG wanted a village, which was green, clean and healthy. This is what came up during the dream building session, which I had facilitated. I got busy in…


Added by Tarun Sharma on July 23, 2018 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

Less it goes unnoticed … is important!

We walked in single file because of the narrow path leading to the end of the short ‘panhandle’. Brush was overlapping the path so much that we had to push them aside with our hands. It was a lovely morning in Eijsden.  It is a custom [level 5]  that we engage with walking in the morning during the period of our FtF engagement. Laurie, who was walking in front of me, picked up a piece of paper. I began to wonder…


Added by Autry Haynes on July 22, 2018 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

SALT conversations build trust and community bond

Earlier people used to not share their deep concerns and personal issues. We listened to their stories and helped them find their strengths. We were able to create a good environment and they found the conversation useful. No one got up from group meetings because everyone had the desire to do something and gave their time for the meeting.People realised that they are for each other and they have to jointly find a solution. 

We work with communities on the issue of diabetes…


Added by Priyanka Sharma on July 18, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

A SALT Village After Our Hearts

A SALT village after our hearts...where a young husband ensures that his wife has her Ante Natal check up (ANC)...and so does a conscientious Mother in Law...two different generations bridged by the SALT approach and exemplary instances of male involvement and family concern for girls and Aanganwadi Centre (AWC) throbbing with energy and exuberance where the responses of chirpy tots are a clear indicator of an enterprising and responsible Aanganwadi worker (AWW)...…


Added by Ruchira Neog on July 12, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Doing a recce of where our dreams in SALT are leading us...

As the Sun beat down on us on a hot, sultry summer afternoon...the women in Jongakhali village in Kamrup district of Assam, were in turns shy and reticent, but it took a few moments for the reticence to change to expressions and words and they admitted that they have dreams, but are wary to share them...they proudly show off…


Added by Ruchira Neog on July 12, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Community in action after Action plan - Village Dhanot

In our project on diabetes and hypertension, Patient support groups through CLCP made an action plan. Villagers in Dhanot, Himachal have begun to do yoga every morning from 6 am to 6:30 am.

In the below picture, people went for diabetes and blood…


Added by Anil Sharma on July 11, 2018 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Accompanying a community when it faces a hurdle in taking action

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…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on July 7, 2018 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

SALT Approach influencing Family Planing Training Curriculum in Cirebon - West Java Indonesia

Its been 8 years ago when two facilitators of IndoCompetence were invited by  National Family Planning (FP) Board to present FP Competence.  The discussion was postponed since the senior officer we talked  with was retired.  Two three times after that, IndoCompetence (Dewi, me and Tuti) were invited to present our approach to program person or pool of trainers  of the institution.

This year, February, one of FP Officer in West Java who were invited to attend SALT and CLCP workshop on…


Added by wiwin winarni on July 7, 2018 at 9:33am — 4 Comments

PSG SALT Group in action at Dhanoth village

SALT Group from Dhanoth village.

About 12 Stakeholder attended the SALT action plan meeting at Dhanoth village. This is patient support group for those with diabetes and hypertension. In this meeting people came from the different area also included the village Pradhan, frontline health worker, ASHAs, Ward member and patient of diabetes and hypertension. After the dream building, the action plan was made. e.g. They have decided the date for plantation third…


Added by Rajender Bragta on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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