In HealthRise transition grant we are using CLCP with for patient centred approach to diabetes and hypertension in Rajasthan and Himachal, India. In our call today with the implementing team, Mamta NGO from Shimla, Himachal, I asked the team what surprised them.
- Many of the old villages where they had used SALT in first phase 7-8 monts (2017-2018) most of the patients continued to visit the medical facilities like in village Dhanot and Khatnol mentioned Virender and Anil
- Those patients or stakeholders who had become inactive after the project ended in Aug 2018, they quickly got activated and the team did not have to spend much energy in getting them on board.
- Response of the communities was expected but the extent of the response was surprising observed Gaurav and Harsha. They come in large numbers for the meetings and take active interest. Rajinder notes that the community organised a camp and another.
- Virender says that a ward member who attend one of the SALT meetings liked hte process and now wants to start in her own village ( which is a non-project site village)
- Most of the ASHAs have begun to facilitate CLCP and are excited about it. There have been challenges. One ASHA in Jadhog was hesitant initially but after handholding she facilitated a meeting called 22 villagers but also other allied grassroot level workers like Aanganwadi workers.
Questions for us in the coming days
- How to engage youth particularly girls?
- How to involve men? Men are available on Sundays, facilitators are happy to come but ASHs have the day off
- CLCP is generating demand, how do we link the patients to the services as the medical facilities are far?